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Thursday, January 27

11:00 AM-12:35 PM

Session 1

11:00 AM-11:05 AM


Greg Brown

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

11:05 AM-11:35 AM
Keynote: Entrepreneurs vs. VCs – How are terms set?

Little is known about how VC contracts evolve over time and across funding rounds. New research using a novel dataset of U.S. early-stage ventures allows for examining the main financial terms and control rights offered to investors at each (equity) funding round. Results suggest a ‘default contract’ with a distinct combination of rights that the majority of companies gravitate to which, when revised, usually favors investors and not entrepreneurs.

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Tim Jenkinson

Professor of Finance, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

11:35 AM-12:05 PM
Keynote: The “E3 Community” Framework

Forward Cities helps communities grow more healthy and sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems by putting equity first. To achieve its mission, they equip community leaders, catalyze narrative change, and measure progress over time – leveraging first-hand ecosystem building experiences across the nation. In this session, President & CEO, Fay Horwitt, will share Forward Cities foundational “E3 Community” framework – which includes actionable insights for ecosystem development, best practices, and financial sustainability.

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Fay Horwitt

President & CEO, Forward Cities

12:05 PM-12:35 PM
2022 Trends in Entrepreneurship Lightning Round

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Sekou Bermiss

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
The Rising Bar to Entrepreneurship

Victor Lyonnet

Assistant Professor of Finance, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
Entrepreneurship Penalty In Job Searches

Waverly Ding

Associate Professor, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Diversity and Performance in Entrepreneurial Teams

Sophie Calder-Wang

Assistant Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
12:35 PM-12:45 PM


12:45 PM-2:00 PM

Session 2


Chris Bingham

Philip Hettleman Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Area Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School; Faculty Director, UNC Entrepreneurship Center

12:45 PM-1:15 PM
Keynote: One Block Over - America's Greatest Untapped Asset

How can it be that of the nearly $70 trillion in global assets under four major asset classes, less than 1.3 percent is invested in firms owned by women, Black Americans, and other people of color? Philip Gaskin, vice president of Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will share the secrets to unlocking this asset class that are hiding in plain sight – and why we ignore it at our own peril.

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Philip Gaskin

Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

1:15 PM-1:55 PM
Panel: Can entrepreneurs save the planet?

Society faces a series of major problems, such as climate change, which require transformative technological change as part of the solution. This session will explore the potential and limits of entrepreneurship in solving these problems. Are private sector funding and entrepreneurial incentives enough? How much of a role should governments and non-profits play to foster and support innovation? What and when are the optimal interventions? Do bigger problems require larger shares of support?
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Gerald Cohen

Chief Economist, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Jacquelyn Pless

Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School of Management

Eric Toone

Executive Managing Director and Technology Lead, Breakthrough Energy Ventures; Professor of Chemistry (Emeritus), Duke University

1:55 PM-2:00 PM


Greg Brown

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

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.



UNC Entrepreneurship Center

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


A Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Event