A VIBRANT ECONOMY FOR ALL
Date: Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland
Cost: $50 per attendee
The Problem We Seek to Solve
Think about all the support a venture-backed company receives. In addition to capital, that company receives high caliber marketing, product development, human resources, legal advice, web support, and more. Now think about the resources a local, diverse entrepreneur trying to start their own business has access to. This disparity in resources and support contributes to disparities in outcomes. We’re on a mission to change that.
What if, on one day in December, we gathered people with skills, access to capital, ideas, guidance, decision-making authority, and robust networks to support 50 diverse Bay Area entrepreneurs, giving them the same level of support as the most highly valued venture-backed companies? What would that look like?
In one day, we will establish a system to give our own local entrepreneurs all of that support. What does this look like? You can be a co-creator, by building an ongoing relationship with this ecosystem.
We know entrepreneurship is a team sport.
We know many hands make light work.
The Ninth Annual Bay Area Capital Connections convening will tap into these known truths through an innovative experience, focusing all our collective energy, passion, skill, idea generation, and capital on one goal, shining a spotlight on these vibrant entrepreneurs we want to see thriving in our community.
Set The Stage: Registration & Music
Registration & Breakfast (8:30am – 9:30am)
Music (9:00am – 9:20am)
What Brings Us Here?
Introduction (9:20am – 9:25am)
Welcome to Oakland, the Heartbeat of the Bay Area (9:25am – 9:30am)
Welcome Message from Oakland City Government Official
Understand The Task At Hand
Keynote Presentation (30 min. — 9:30am – 10:00am)
Set the stage: Why are we all here today? What can the Bay Area do to promote community support for entrepreneurship and equitable access to capital? What can the State of California do? What structural changes are needed? How will we build this vibrant economy — the diverse, inclusive, equitable, accessible, locally-led, sustainable economy we envision — together? How can work both across silos and within our peer groups to bring that vision to fruition?
Be Inspired By Our Collective Resiliency
Part 1: First Person Narratives (40 min. — 10:00 – 10:40am)
The convening will open with 10 – 12 entrepreneurs introducing themselves to the 200-250 person audience at the Oakland Impact Hub. One by one, each entrepreneur will tell their compelling story of challenges, empowerment, resilience, and hard realities, in two-three minutes.
Make No Mistake, This Is A Team Sport
Part 2: Presentation of “Bay Area Entrepreneurship Alliance”
(15 min. — 10:40 – 10:55am)
The ALLIANCE will present its work building the Bay Area Entrepreneurship Alliance, sharing our vision, our strategies to achieve this vision, and key tools developed to implement these strategies. After presenting our vision, we will describe the task at hand: have a measurable impact in the lives of the entrepreneurs they heard from today and in six-months, present these outcomes at BACC10. Provide framing for microcosm session, and the broader, Bay Area entrepreneurship population these small groups represent.
Get Started With Your Entrepreneurship Team
Part 3: Breakout Session #1: Microcosm Session — Engaging across silos. (90 min. — 11:00am – 12:30pm).
Attendees will be assigned to one of five break-out groups, organized by the business stage (Inspire, Plan, Launch, Sustain, and Grow) either they are currently in as an entrepreneur or the stage they currently serve as a support provider.
Within each of these business stage groups, attendees will be introduced to a small team of 10 – 12 individuals, a team curated to support and inform their daily work. Each small group contains entrepreneurs (the ideas), personal support providers (the guidance), business support providers (the skills), environmental/infrastructure support providers (the connections), and financial support providers (the capital).
Each small team will be led by one Bay Area Entrepreneurship Navigator, who acts as a facilitator for this team’s first discussion.The Navigator has been trained by the ALLIANCE to provide direction to the team on their entrepreneurship journey.
Experience The Vibrant Economy
Lunch (40 min. — 12:30 – 1:10pm)
Lunch will be provided by a locally owned company, whose founder is an underrepresented entrepreneur helping to create the vibrant economy we seek.
Afternoon Keynote: REDF President and CEO Carla Javits (20 min. — 1:10 – 1:30pm)
Carla Javits, REDF’s President and CEO, focuses on achieving measurable results by leveraging the business community’s knowledge, networks, and resources, and the dedication of the social enterprise sector to create pathways to employment for men and women who are striving to overcome histories of homelessness, incarceration, mental health, substance abuse challenges, and limited education.
As our afternoon Keynote Speaker, Carla will walk us through our shared belief in a vibrant economy for all. Together, we are a community whose work is focused on supporting economic empowerment. How can we create structures for more coordinated effort, for more collective impact? How will we build the diverse, inclusive, equitable, accessible, locally-led, sustainable economy we envision together? That is up to us.
Get Started With Your Peer Group
Part 4: Breakout Session #2: Stakeholder Session — Engaging our peers. (90 min. — 1:30 – 3:00pm)
Attendees will be assigned to one of five break-out groups, this time organized by stakeholder type: (1) entrepreneurs (2) personal support providers (mentors, networks, emotional support providers) (3) business support (training programs, accelerators, incubators) (4) environment/infrastructure support (regulatory entities, governmental officials, co-working spaces, corporate culture creators) and (5) financial support (lenders, investors, corporate funders, etc.).
Each stakeholder group will again be led by one Bay Area Entrepreneurship Navigator, who acts as a facilitator for the group’s first discussion. The Navigator has been trained by the ALLIANCE to provide facilitation and guidance for this discussion.
At the beginning of the stakeholder group breakout session, the Navigator requests one member of the stakeholder group to volunteer to report out.
What Will We Accomplish in Six Months?
Part 5: Report-out For Increased Accountability (40 min. — 3:00 – 3:40pm)
Although each of these breakout sessions will be documented on the day of the event, it is important that each stakeholder breakout group report to the body on their roadmap and their goals (5 minutes for each breakout group to present). In addition, three of the entrepreneurs who presented at the beginning of the day will present their roadmap and their goals (3 minutes for each entrepreneur to present).
Part 6: Closing Remarks and Next Steps (20 min. — 3:40 – 4:00pm)
The ALLIANCE will identify next steps will invite all participants to attend a six-month reconvening, our 10th Annual Bay Area Capital Connections (BACC10) in which: (1) Each of the entrepreneurs in attendance in December 2017 reports on their experience over the last six months, communicates with their microcosm team, receives prioritized attention from the ALLIANCE and the entrepreneurial ecosystem at large; and (2) Each of the stakeholder groups reports on their progress over the last six months and reflects upon which coordination/communication strategies have proven effective, which have not, and how to collectively implement changes accordingly. At BACC10, the ALLIANCE will award the groups who have demonstrated the most progress in meeting their goals, celebrating our shared successes on stage.
The ALLIANCE for Community Development’s BACC9 Team:
Nayeli Maxson: Program Development (email@example.com)
Nayeli Maxson & Michael Gunning: Masters of Ceremonies
Zoe Moore: Event Planner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Melanie Nuni: Event Planning Support & Lead Navigator (email@example.com)
Pamela Sims: Entrepreneur Speaker Coach and Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)