About The Empact Summit

Overview | Pre- & Post-Events | History


The Empact Summit on The Future of Entrepreneurship Education is the must-attend, invite-only event that convenes top leaders from different sectors of the entrepreneurship ecosystem (government, investors, foundations, education, corporations, media, entrepreneur support organizations, and entrepreneurs). The last Summit was held at the US Chamber of Commerce, Capitol Hill, and White House and included 300+ delegates.

The mission of the Summit is to spark conversations that facilitate relationship building in order to forge & strengthen bonds in both local and global entrepreneurship ecosystems, thus making entrepreneurship a viable career option.


The Empact Summit is an initiative of Empact. Empact's work focuses on facilitating a culture of entrepreneurship in communities around the world through exposure, celebration and early stage startup support.

Empact has held over 400 events exposing young people to entrepreneurship through its Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, supporting early stage entrepreneurs through its Virtual Speaker Series, and celebrating the role of young entrepreneurs through its annual Empact100 list and showcase of top young entrepreneurs age 30 and under. To learn about the individuals behind Empact, visit our team page.

Sheena Lindahl Michael Simmons Arel Moodie Sarah Green

Sheena Lindahl

Michael Simmons
Arel Moodie

Sarah Green

2012 Co-Chairs

Dave Baldwin Jennifer Kushell

David Baldwin
Founder and President, Aquarian Technology Systems

Jennifer Kushell
President and Co-Founder, Your Success Network (YSN)


The Summit will:

  • Provide a forum for the most influential leaders to share ideas.
  • Highlight influential leaders & innovative programs in the entrepreneurship ecosystem as well as top young entrepreneurs.
  • Connect all segments of the ecosystem:
    • The best entrepreneurship education programs with resources that support them.
    • Media outlets with top entrepreneurship leaders across the entire field.
    • Small business and youth marketing executives at leading companies with the explosive market of young entrepreneurs and the vast ecosystem that is growing around them.
    • Policymakers with stakeholders and experts.
    • Investors with the top early & growth stage entrepreneurs in America.
  • Catalyze the entrepreneurial success, personal development & social impact of young entrepreneurs.
  • Demonstrate the importance of entrepreneurship ecosystem to major, societal leaders.

Pre- and Post-Summit Event Goals

Corporate Leadership

September 26, 2012

This year, there will be a Corporate Leadership Pre-Summit that will be the first opportunity ever for corporations to get an in-depth look at this audience of young entrepreneurs and the key stakeholders who surround them.

This will be done by highlighting research on Gen Y entrepreneur, case studies of successful marketing campaigns targeted at young entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and live focus groups consisting of young business owners.


VC / Young Entrepreneur

September 28-29, 2012

The Empact100 recognition event will be held at the White House on September 28th and broadcast live at WhiteHouse.gov. The Empact Mastermind, which brings together some of the best entrepreneurs from the Empact100 list (the top 100 companies run by young entrepreneurs in the country whose founders are age 30 and under) and other successful young entrepreneurs. The Mastermind will integrate into the Summit with special post-event sessions on Saturday, September 29th.

An Unconventional Conference

This Summit is NOT about lectures. It IS about discussion, collaboration and action.

The Summit is NOT about sharing best practices. It IS about building sustainable meaningful relationships that last beyond the Summit.

This Summit is NOT about top speakers. The Summit IS about top delegates who contribute to the dialogue and participate in the action. EVERY single participant was chosen for his/her unique ability to contribute from a high level perspective.

The Summit is NOT about one sector of the field. It IS about the entire ecosystem being brought together.


The first Summit was held on February 18, 2011 at the University of Central Florida and was attended by 130 individuals. Collectively, the organizations that participated serve over 30 million aspiring and existing entrepreneurs per year and have given hundreds of millions in donations to the field.

The second Summit was held November 17-19, 2011 in Washington, DC at the US Chamber of Commerce, White House, and Capitol Hill and had over 300 attendees.

To see videos from the last events, visit our YouTube channel.


Featured Sponsors and Partners:

US Chamber of Commerce Campaign for Free Enterprise EMPACT - Formerly known as Extreme Entrepreneurship Education Coleman Foundation Kauffman Foundation ?United Nations Foundation  Startup America Partnership Sage United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship The Company Corporation The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Embassy of SwedenAmerican Airlines Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI) The John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation   border= Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative Global Entrepreneurship Week