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Entrepreneurship for the masses: reimagining a modern and equitable system

Emily Krueger July 13, 2022

Entrepreneurship might be producing outsized venture capital returns, but our world’s biggest challenges remain unsolved. And, for local communities, it isn’t delivering on the hoped-for jobs and economic thriving.  3 out of 5 people have ideas for a startup, but 92% of them won’t take action on them, leaving millions of good ideas sitting on the sidelines. Builders + Backers has completely reimagined the onramp to entrepreneurship, fueling ideas ranging from community projects and impact ventures to SME’s and venture-scale startups. Together with community partners, like the George Kaiser Family Foundation in Tulsa, entrepreneurship becomes foundational not just to generating jobs, but also for experimenting, catalyzing, and risk-taking for pursuing big goals, increasing community vibrancy and expanding local talent, as well as increasing citizen agency to tackle issues most concerning to individuals at local, national, and global scale. 


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion


Purpose and Desired Outcome

During our session we’ll share research on why the link between entrepreneurship and venture capital is limiting engagement in entrepreneurship, sidelining promising ideas, and unintentionally hampering communities’ ability to achieve their desired economic and social outcomes. The outcome of the session is to showcase and redefine how we see entrepreneurship, who can be an entrepreneur, what solutions make it to market, what solutions scale, and how we can uniquely invest in them. We will also unpack the current assumptions around teaching entrepreneurship and how these skills can have a profound impact on overall individual and community economic health and vibrancy.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Government

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Asset Managers


  • NameDonna Harris
  • TitleFounder and CEO
  • OrganizationBuilders + Backers
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameKen Levit
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationGeorge Kaiser Family Foundation
  • StatusInvited
  • NameJessica Mathews
  • TitleSenior Writer
  • OrganizationFortune
  • StatusInvited
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