e.Builders Agenda



The e.Builders Forum will feature a mix of lecture, presentation, and interactive learning over the course of the two-day event. Workshops on the first day will be longer, offering a deeper-dive into each topic, while discussion sessions on the second day will have briefer presentations followed by robust discussions. Throughout it all, there will be plenty of opportunity for interacting with peers and making lasting connections.


Click here for the detailed agenda, including available workshop descriptions and speaker bios. 

Agenda Overview

Thursday, October 3

7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Buddy Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. e.Builders kickoff

9:15 – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent workshops:

  • Driving the Startup and Growth of Businesses in Targeted Clusters: Models and Methods
  • The Intersection of Data and Community: Building Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
  • Differentiating Your Center in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Concurrent workshops:

  • Funding and Profit Models for Achieving Sustainability
  • Telling Your Center’s Story Effectively
  • Library Resources for Entrepreneurs

4 – 7 p.m. Buffalo Innovation Spaces Tour*

7 p.m. – ? Niagara Falls Dine-Around


*Optional activity – tickets are $35


Friday, October 4

7:45 – 8:45 a.m. Continental breakfast

8:45 – 10:15 a.m. Concurrent discussion sessions: 

  • Integrating a CDFI to Support Minority-Owned Businesses: A Story of Leadership, Education and Governance in Funding and Sustaining Revitalization Efforts
  • Data and Performance Measurement in Incubators and Accelerators to Enhance Ecosystems
  • Building on Existing Regional Assets

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Concurrent discussion sessions: 

  • Opportunity Zones
  • Encouraging Second Stage Growth in Entrepreneurship Center Clients
  • Leveraging Regional Industry Clusters to Tap Into International Markets
  • Laying the Foundation for a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Lessons Learned from the Frontlines

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 – 3 p.m. Concurrent discussion sessions:

  • University Partnerships
  • Helping Second Stage Companies Secure Funding
  • Community-Based Programs
  • Industry Clusters: Stories of Success

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Closing session

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Walking Tour of Niagara Falls**

**Optional activity – tickets are $20


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