3rd Annual Entrepreneurial Summit + 8th Annual Swim with the Sharks Pitch Competition
A high impact virtual summit that brings together entrepreneurs, inspirational innovators, and resource providers to help businesses accelerate their business growth and recovery.
We are proud to celebrate Delaware's entrepreneurial spirit that fosters economic growth, community engagement, and employment opportunity - and we hope you will virtually join us - at this year's 3rd Annual Entrepreneurial Summit, which includes our 8th Annual Swim with the Sharks Pitch Competition.
The impact of the global pandemic on small businesses, and humans, has been significant. The response of our community to pivot, persevere, and face the challenges together has been inspiring. In this year's event, we will focus on interactive workshops that will address the issues that businesses are facing in today's crisis, funding options available to all businesses, the power of storytelling to have your brand be featured on a national scale, and hear from innovators who are disrupting industries and making waves. Attendees will not miss a moment as all sessions will be recorded and available to watch and re-watch.
|9:15 a.m.||Opening Keynote|
|10:00 a.m.||Breakout 1a: Crowdfunding Your Business: Raising Capital with Confidence
From selecting the perfect platform to finding ways to delight your potential funders, crowdfunding comes with inherent stresses, especially during uncertain times. In this panel, you will learn how to select the right platform for your start-up and how to crowdfund with confidence, even in challenging times.
For entrepreneurs ready to bring their business or idea to life, IFundWomen Co-Founder Kate Anderson will share how you can take immediate action to raise capital through online fundraising, the shift in consumer habits with the pandemic keeping more people at home, and the importance of finding a network of support that sparks confidence, accelerates knowledge, and ignites action.
For business owners struggling to find the right fit for their crowdfunding campaign, Founder of TheraV, Amira Idris, will walk you through why she made the decision to use GoFundMe to raise funds to provide free wearable pain management devices to veterans living with amputation pain.
Moderator: Gail Ball
Speakers: Kate Anderson and Amira Idris
|Breakout 1b: Publicity Strategies for Start-up Success
Want to learn the secret to becoming a major publicity success? In this panel, you will learn from entrepreneurs who have reached mega levels of success on how to craft the perfect pitch, get your story seen on major networks and publications, and how to use multi-channel marketing to expand your reach.
Moderator: Ariel Gruswitz
Speakers: Celebrity Chef Dana Herbert, Connie Inukai, and Gayle Dillman
|11:00 a.m.||Breakout 2a: TechTalks: From Recovery to Resiliency
Delaware is working to be at the forefront of future innovations. Each TechTalk will highlight the work of local leaders who are using technology and innovation to address the needs of tomorrow's world. You will hear: how entrepreneurs are using A.I. technology to inform communities about how to combat the spread of COVID-19, learn the latest in healthcare technologies, and see how urban farming is reducing the carbon footprint and disrupting the farming industry.
Moderator: Denita Henderson
Speakers: Catherine Burch, Ajit George, Sury Gupta and Matthew Saponaro
|Breakout 2b: Finding Investors in the "New" Normal
Despite the rise of crowdfunding, institutional investment is still a crucial part of the start-up ecosystem, but what does the future of funding look like in our ?new? normal? Principal at Osage Venture Partner, Emily Foote, will discuss how to find the right early-stage funding partner, when to start seeking outside funding, and how to secure a deal in uncertain times.
Moderator: Renata Kowalczyk
Speakers: Emily Foote and Ken Tomlinson
|12:00 p.m.||Closing Remarks|
|12:30 p.m.||Virtual Exhibitor Tabling / Break|
|7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.||Swim with the Sharks Pitch Competition - Televised on
Master of Ceremonies: Ivan Thomas, Founder of DETV
Keynote: Katey Evans, Owner of The Frozen Farmer
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