April 23, 2023 | 12 – 4:30 p.m. EDT

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Hone your leadership skills for coaching entrepreneurs and engaging with the broader ecosystem at Advance Leadership Summit

Originally launched in 2009, this unique event brings together knowledgeable practitioners for advanced discussion and knowledge sharing. The focus of this year’s content and discussion will be on how to hone effective leadership skills in entrepreneurs and in ESO managers and staff, particularly as related to contributing to thriving and sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystems.


This must-attend event for experienced entrepreneur support professionals provides opportunities to, among other things: 

  • Refocus on your mission 
  • Reinvigorate your work
  • Gain insights into successes happening in other ecosystems
  • Connect with other experienced practitioners
  • Become part of a cohort of thought leaders digging into challenges together


The 2023 Advance Leadership Summit is co-located with the 37th International Conference on Business Incubation (ICBI37) to save you time and travel expenses – attend two events in one trip! 


Advance Leadership Summit Agenda
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch – Connect with old friends and make some new ones over lunch. Participants will be able to engage through prepared topics or choose to make up table discussions of their own. Either way, use this time to set the tone for an afternoon of brainstorming and idea sharing ahead. 
1:00 – 2:05 p.m. Helping Entrepreneurs Become Strong Leaders – This topic will kick off with an expert panel sharing strategies for how to work with entrepreneurs on their leadership skills. Panelists will discuss decision-making, key leadership traits, strategies for organizing and managing teams well, and more. After the panel sets the stage, attendees will direct the content with their questions and ideas, followed by an opportunity for small group brainstorming. 
2:05 – 2:50 p.m. Entrepreneurship Through Succession: Connecting Entrepreneurs to Companies – Our friends from the Urban Manufacturing Alliance have prepared this interactive session to explore entrepreneurs who find success by partnering and innovating with an existing company. This portion will include a few minutes of content, followed by attendee experience sharing and strategizing. 
2:50 – 3:05 p.m. Break – Grab a cup of coffee and chat with other participants while refueling for the rest of the day. 
3:05 – 4:00 p.m. Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Leadership: Past, Present and Future – Using the model of Detroit’s unique and vibrant ecosystem, this panel will start by exploring lessons learned during ecosystem building past and insights on current practices for sustainability. Then the panel will explore what might happen in the future, particularly related to the emergence of AI technology. Once this stage is set, attendees will discuss and brainstorm in small groups, looking at how to make entrepreneurship ecosystems sustainable long into the future. 
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Reciprocity Rings – The purpose of a reciprocity ring is for members of a group to assist each other with their knowledge, resources and connections. Come to the summit prepared with an issue or challenge you are facing with which industry peers might be able to help through their insights, connections or other resources. Each table will pick two to three topics from the attendees present to address and then share with the whole group at the end.


The summit structure will allow for: 

  • Discussion about emerging trends and innovative approaches to help shift your perspectives
  • Brainstorming solutions to real-time challenges you are facing today
  • Thought leadership around effective strategies for sustainable ESOs and ecosystems
  • Deep conversations that will turn into lasting connections with people who can inform your work


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Early bird Rates Through 2/25/23

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You can register for the Summit as a stand-alone event, include it as you register for ICBI37, or add it on to your existing registration. 

Questions? Email Lindsay Schuenke at [email protected]

*Registration includes networking lunch with peers and full afternoon of programming.