ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Agenda

 

Thursday, April 22

11:00 AM-12:20 PM

Conference Welcome and Session 1: CAPITAL ACCESS DISPARITIES

Differences in access to external capital have become even more disparate in the wake of the covid pandemic. Companies with access to venture capital have rarely seen a more robust funding environment. In contrast, as government support programs wind down, many “main street” businesses are struggling to access financial resources needed to survive. Many of these businesses are local employers and service providers important for long-term economic resilience. This session unpacks the forces creating the haves and have nots and explores potential policy remedies.

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11:00 AM-11:10 AM
Opening Remarks

 
SPEAKER

Greg Brown

Executive Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

11:10 AM-11:20 AM
Session 1: Trend Report Presentation

 
SPEAKER

Olav Sorenson

Joseph Jacobs Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies; Faculty Research Director, Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Professor of Strategy, UCLA Anderson School of Management

11:20 AM-12:20 PM
Session 1: Capital Access Disparities Panel Discussion

 
CHAIR

David Robinson

James and Gail Vander Weide Professor of Finance, Duke Fuqua School of Business
 
PANELISTS

Yael Hochberg

Head, Rice University Entrepreneurship Initiative; Ralph S. O’Connor Professor in Entrepreneurship & Finance, Rice Business

Steve Kaplan

Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Sandra M. Moore

Managing Director, Advantage Capital
12:20 PM-12:40 PM

Break

12:40 PM-2:00 PM

Session 2: CREATING ECOSYSTEMS WHERE DIVERSE GROUPS OF ENTREPRENEURS THRIVE

Developing healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems is a challenge that many people and organizations have been working on for many years. Yet, we still are facing a reality where entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds have a variety of unique challenges in accessing resources, expertise, and funding. This session will examine some of the systemic issues that exist in the system that create these challenges, and discuss some of the current solutions that are being tested in ecosystems today.

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12:40 PM-12:45 PM
Session 2: Welcome and Introduction

 
SPEAKER

Vickie Gibbs

Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Center, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

12:45 PM-12:55 PM
Session 2: Trend Report Presentation

 
SPEAKER

Ashley Brown

Director of Research Services, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

12:55 PM-1:55 PM
Session 2: Creating Ecosystems Where Diverse Groups of Entrepreneurs Thrive Panel Discussion

 
CHAIR

Vickie Gibbs

Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Center, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
 
PANELISTS

Chuck Eesley

Associate Professor, Stanford School of Engineering; W.M. Keck Foundation Faculty Scholar, Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Martha Legg Miller

Director, Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Davyeon Ross

Co-founder & President, ShotTracker and EIR R/GA Ventures - Coalition

Rodney Sampson

Executive Chairman & CEO, Opportunity Hub (OHUB); Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

1:55 PM-2:00 PM
Closing Remarks

 
SPEAKER

Vickie Gibbs

Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Center, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
2:00 PM-2:30 PM

Networking

Join conference attendees to discuss the trends and topics explored during Thursday’s sessions. Use passcode KIFE for entry.

Friday, April 23

11:00 AM-12:20 PM

Conference Welcome and Session 3: HEALTH ANALYTICS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The rapid pace of technological innovations in healthcare is ushering a new era of wellness and medical treatments. Transformations in healthcare solutions based on emerging technologies of AI-driven diagnosis and drug discovery, robotic surgery, remote patient care, and genomics are paramount. Beyond that, the growing interest and applications of healthcare analytics have enabled healthcare providers to reimagine their workflow. This emerging landscape in healthcare analytics presents entrepreneurs, investors, and the public sector with several opportunities and unresolved challenges, which will be the focus of this session.

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11:00 AM-11:05 AM
Session 3: Conference Welcome

 
SPEAKER

Vickie Gibbs

Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Center, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

11:05 AM-11:10 AM
Session 3: Introduction

 
SPEAKER

Mahka Moeen

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

11:10 AM-11:20 AM
Session 3: Trend Report Presentation

 
SPEAKER

Mahka Moeen

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

11:20 AM-12:20 PM
Session 3: Health Analytics and Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion

 
CHAIR

Jon Fjeld

Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative; Professor of the Practice of Strategy, The Fuqua School of Business; Professor of Philosophy, Duke University
 
PANELISTS

Aaron McKethan

General Manager, New Ventures, Aledade; Senior Policy Fellow, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Gillian Munson

Chief Financial Officer, Iora Health; Venture Partner, Union Square Ventures

Fay Cobb Payton

Professor of Information Technology/Analytics, North Carolina State University; Program Director, Division of Computer and Network Systems, National Science Foundation

Bradley Staats

Professor of Operations, Faculty Director of the Center for the Business of Health, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
12:20 PM-12:40 PM

Break

12:40 PM-2:00 PM

Session 4: HUMAN CAPITAL: ENTREPRENEURIAL TEAMS AND TALENT

The quest for talent at firms in entrepreneurial settings has become increasingly critical and challenging. Leaders in entrepreneurial settings are routinely contending with the destabilizing forces of technological innovation, competition, and industry disruption. Moreover, with certain sectors rapidly expanding in a remote work environment and a renewed focus on diversity, many leaders have been forced to manage distributed teams and hire people they have never met in person. How will they do all this successfully? What will be the effects of the current environment on team and co-founder dynamics, talent acquisition? More broadly, what is the evolving role of human capital in growth, innovation and effective opportunity capture?

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12:40 PM-12:45 PM
Session 4: Welcome and Introduction

 
SPEAKER

Chris Bingham

Philip Hettleman Distinguished Scholar, Professor and Area Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

12:45 PM-12:55 PM
Session 4: Trend Report Presentation

 
SPEAKER

David Hsu

Richard A. Sapp Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

12:55 PM-1:55 PM
Session 4: Human Capital: Entrepreneurial Teams and Talent Panel Discussion

 
CHAIR

Sekou Bermiss

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
 
PANELISTS

Kathleen Boyle Dalen

Chief Talent, Integration and Culture Officer, Kauffman Foundation

Diane Burton

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Human Resource Studies, The ILR School, Cornell University

Brad Feld

Managing Director, Foundry Group; Co-founder, TechStars

1:55 PM-2:00 PM
Closing Remarks

 
SPEAKER

Chris Bingham

Philip Hettleman Distinguished Scholar, Professor and Area Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Greg Brown

Executive Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
2:00 PM-2:30 PM

Networking

Join conference attendees to discuss the trends and topics explored during Friday’s sessions. Use passcode KIFE for entry.

 
 

Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Leveraging the Private Sector for the Public Good

Established in 1985 by Frank Hawkins Kenan, the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise is a nonpartisan business policy think tank affiliated with the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. The nonprofit institute and its affiliated centers convene leaders from business, academia and government to better understand how the private sector can work for the public good. The institute leverages best-in-class research to develop market-based solutions to today’s most complex economic challenges. In doing so, the institute aims to support businesses and policies that better the lives of people in North Carolina, across the country and around the world.

www.kenaninstitute.unc.edu

 

UNC Entrepreneurship Center

Inspiring, motivating, and developing entrepreneurial leaders who will create a positive impact in the world, locally and globally.

www.eship.unc.edu

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