• EforAll Summit on Inclusive Entrepreneurship

    On November 3, 2017 at the Westin Waltham-Boston, over 250 attendees convened to learn, collaborate, and innovate on entrepreneurship based initiatives that are driving economic development and social impact in cities and regions globally.

  • Yancey Strickler

    Co-founder of Kickstarter

    Yancey is co-founder of Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, raising nearly $2.8 billion in its short history. Yancey Strickler co-founded Kickstarter to help bring creative projects to life. In the process, he has started an important conversation about how companies can stick to their ideals, resist conformity, and contribute to the public good.


    Gerry Pond

    Gerry Pond has over 45 years of in-depth experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. As the CEO of NBTel and the President of its successor, Aliant Telecom, he was at the helm during a period of significant deregulation in the Canadian industry. Under his innovative leadership, NBTel emerged as an international ICT leader.​ He is also the Co-Founder of Propel ICT, a start-up accelerator, the Co-Founder of the Pond-Deshpande Centre at the University of New Brunswick, and the Co-Founder of East Valley Ventures, an accelerator for Atlantic Canadian start-up companies with a mission of helping passionate entrepreneurs launch meaningful and enduring technology companies.

    Desh Deshpande

    Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is a Trustee of Deshpande Foundation along with his wife Jaishree. He is also the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office, and the Chairman of Tejas Networks. During his entrepreneurial career, Dr. Deshpande has been involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata.

    Mike O’Brien

    Mayor - Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

    There are three common threads that weave through Mike O’Brien’s rise to become Mayor of Fredericton – a lifetime of public service, a visionary insight, and a compassion for the less advantaged. Combined with his love for his community, these traits resulted in a City stronger and more inclusive than it otherwise may have been.

    Victoria Hall

    Founder and CEO of Workingurl Co.

    She designs and manufactures versatile handbags for today's, on-the-go women. By combining fashion with function, Workingurl bags empower women to stay ready for their busy day.

  • Major Sponsors

  • About the Summit

    We know that a healthy economy is an inclusive economy. We also know that small businesses generate the majority of jobs in the U.S. Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is at the forefront of boosting economic opportunity in under-networked communities, through inclusive entrepreneurship.


    The EforAll Summit is designed for individuals and organizations working to create a more inclusive economy in the U.S. and globally. Over 300 attendees will attend the EforAll Summit from across the U.S. and internationally. Past keynotes and panelists include: MA Governor Deval Patrick, Desh Deshpande, President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, Robin Chase, founder of Zip Car, and serial entrepreneur Ted Leonsis.

    Explore the impact of diverse entrepreneur ecosystems

    Learn how inclusive entrepreneurship is already a force.

    Discover how entrepreneurship is revitalizing post-industrial cities

    Former mill and factory cities can lead the way.

    Collaborate with programs and leaders across the country

    Organizations serving entrepreneurs from across the country and globe will join us.

    Understand how shared prosperity is possible regardless of zip-code

    Entrepreneurship lives in small to mid-sized cities too.

  • Speakers

    We've got a top notch team!

    David Parker


    Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll)

    Desh Deshpande

    Serial Entrepreneur

    Sparta LLC, Deshpande Foundation

    Annie Jean-Baptiste

    Global Diversity Business Partner


    Theresa Park


    Planning &

    Econ. Dev.,

    City of Lawrence

    Marcos Marrero

    Director of Planning &
    Econ. Dev.

    City of Holyoke

    Ji Mi Choi

    Associate Vice President

    Arizona State University (ASU)

    Enoch Elwell



    Frank Carvalho


    Mill Cities Community Investments

    Nathalie Laidler-Kylander

    Managing Director

    Draper Richards Kaplan (DRK)

    Trish Fleming

    Director of Mentoring

    North Shore InnoVentures

    Kevin Oye


    Tufts University,

    Innovation & Management Program

    Steve Grossman


    Initiative for a Competitive

    Inner City (ICIC)

    Raj Melville

    Executive Director

    Deshpande Foundation

    Todd Fry


    Mill Cities Leadership Institute

    Janin Duran

    Executive Director

    Emprendimiento para Todos (EparaTodos)

    Chris Harris

    Senior Program Officer in Entrepreneurship

    Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

    Liz Roberts


    Valley Venture Mentors (VVM)

    Andrea Chen

    Co-Founder & Executive Director

    Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation

    Ann Marie Messier

    Chief Strategist and Founder

    Straightline Management Solutions

    Alison Moronta

    Loan Officer and Grant Program Manager

    Mass Growth Capital Corporation

    Victoria Hall

    Founder & CEO

    Workingurl Co.

    Brenna Nan Schneider

    Founder & CEO


    Marco Perez

    Vice President of Operations


    Anuradha Yadav

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Fairmount Innovation Lab

    Tessa Murphy-Romboletti

    Program Manager


    John Conley

    Chief Operations Officer

    Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll)

    Elizabeth Gore


    Dell Technologies

    Katheryn James

    Program Director

    Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

    Leah Okimoto

    Founder & Executive Director

    Aaron's Presents

    Devin Cole

    Head of Community


    Hal Bowling

    Co-Founder & Executive Director


    Katherine Putnam

    Angel Investor

    Golden Seeds

    Larry Andrews

    President & CEO

    Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation

    Joanna Ramirez Barrett

    Vice President of Business Solutions


    Jessica McLear

    Board Chair

    99Degrees Custom

    Cheryl Hajjar

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Indigo Pixies

    Laurin Mills

    Founder & CEO

    The Dinner Daily

  • Who Should Attend?

    If you're asking yourself some of the following questions, then the EforAll Summit is for you.

    City Leaders

    Economic Development Professionals, Elected Officials, Business Leaders​

    How can we build economic opportunity in my city?

    What does it take to start a program in my city?

    How can inclusive entrepreneurship solve complex economic & social issues?

    Entrepreneurship Programs

    Organizations Serving Entrepreneurs

    How do we define “inclusive?”

    What are best outreach methods for underserved communities?

    How do we measure success or impact


    Foundations and Private Donors

    What types of programs will provide greatest ROI?

    How do we measure impact of dollars contributed?

    How do we go about funding entrepreneur programs?


    All types: from the small bakery to the advanced manufacturer

    What kind of programs are out there for me?

    How do I build my entrepreneur ecosystem?

    How do I raise money if I’ve never done it before?

  • Time is running out for discounted tickets!

    Tickets currently $199 and will jump to $300 shortly.

  • Agenda

    Click here to download the full agenda.


    Track 1: City Leaders, Government, Business, Funders & Interested Individuals


    Social Impact Investing

    Enabling entrepreneurs to make the world a better place


    The ROI in Inclusive Entrepreneurship

    How to make the case for inclusive economic development


    Program Models that can work in your city

    Hear from a variety of programs that might be right for you

  • Track 2: Entrepreneur Programs


    Nurturing Inclusivity

    Encouraging inclusive
    entrepreneurship through outreach and partnerships


    Holistic Mentorship

    Balancing between the person and the idea



    Attendees bring their own topics, questions, challenges-learn from amazing peers across the country and Canada!

  • Track 3: Entrepreneur Students


    Back of the Envelope Analysis

    Learn as experts test your startup's viability


    Raising Funds

    From family to local options to Kickstarter and beyond.


    The Art of Pitching Workshop

    Fine tune your pitch with lessons from an expert

  • Testimonials from last year's EforAll Summit

    Take a look and enjoy!

    Katie Stebbins

    Vice President of Economic Development at University of Massachusetts

    Josh McManus

    Chief Operating Officer at Rock Ventures LLC

    Symone Jennings

    Program Coordinator at The Pond Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Our Partners

    People who push inclusive entrepreneurship.

  • Suggest a speaker

    Know someone with an amazing story?

  • Travel

    The Westin Waltham-Boston

    Just 15 miles from downtown Boston

    70 3rd Avenue, Waltham, MA​

    Hotel Reservations Rate: $219/night, not including applicable state and local taxes, currently 11.7%; special rate is in effect until October 3, 2017

    Details on Airpot, Ground Travel, and Parking

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