CSG Entrepreneurship Days: Tennessee

The Council of State Governments, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and CSG's Pathways to Prosperity Initiative, hosted  CSG Entrepreneurship Day on May 13, 2014 at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus. The program brought together economic development practitioners, national thought leaders, entrepreneurs and educators to explore state-based solutions for increased entrepreneurship. Attendees learned about the latest research on the importance of entrepreneurship to economic growth,  innovative policy strategies to encourage entrepreneurship and success stories from Tennessee entrepreneurs. Meeting materials are available for download below.

Welcome and Introductions

  • Kevin Boggs, Assistant Vice President of Tech Transfer, University of Memphis
  • David Adkins, Executive Director/CEO, The Council of State Governments
  • Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, 2014 CSG National Chair

Panel 1: The Power of Entrepreneurship

Moderator – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris

Panelists:

Luncheon and Keynote Address

Panel 2: The Tennessee Perspective

Moderator – Charlie Brock, Launch Tennessee

Panelists:

  • Steven J. Bares, President and Executive Director, Memphis Bioworks [download presentation]
  • Andre Fowlkes, President, Start Co.
  • Carol Reed, Executive Director, Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center
  • Richard Billings, CEO, Screwpulp

Panel 3: Education and Entrepreneurship

Moderator – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris

Panelists:


  Download the meeting agenda in PDF