On November 3, 2016, EforAll was proud to host 250+ people from across the United States and Canada for the EforAll Summit. The conference brought together city leaders, entrepreneurs, program directors, foundations, and academics. Hundreds packed UTEC in Lowell, seeking to learn, collaborate, and innovate on initiatives that drive economic development and social impact in mid-sized cities globally.
Billionaire Ted Leonsis served as the keynote speaker, rocking the crowd with anecdotes from his Lowell days. Leonsis is a Lowell native, graduating from Lowell High in 1973. He is a former senior executive with America Online (AOL). As the founder, chairman, and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, he is the majority owner of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, the National Basketball Association’s Washington Wizards, the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Washington Mystics, the Arena Football League’s Washington Valor and the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Other key speakers included: Desh Deshpande, Doug Rauch, Steve Grossman, John Harthorne and more.
Attendees enjoyed the keynotes, but many also commented on how they were taking away specific action items from the panel sessions. In these sessions, attendees discussed topics such as: inclusive entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship program models, attracting young people to mid-sized cities, and the role municipalities play in fostering entrepreneurship.
Additionally, EforAll also recognized 5 programs with the EforAll Summit Awards: Task Force Fredericton Startup Network (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada), Acre Family Child Care (Lowell, MA), Kyla Pacheco, Action Worcester! (Worcester, MA), Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI, Worcester, MA), Nuestras Raices (Holyoke, MA).