Building Inclusive Startup Ecosystems

The panel is sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation

Change Catalyst, the benefit corporation behind Tech Inclusion, has been working since the very first Conference to build inclusive tech ecosystems around the world. Together with the Kauffman Foundation and their ESHIP Summit team, we’ve brought some of the country’s leaders in inclusive ecosystem building to discuss how they are doing it. These ecosystem builders are working to build inclusive ecosystems for entrepreneurs in rural South Dakota, to Portland, Oakland, London, Philadelphia, Detroit and Los Angeles. Join us in having a rich discussion on what inclusion means for underrepresented and underestimated founders.


Lori Lea Pourier

Lori Pourier, President at First People Fund

Christie Pitts

Christie Pitts, Partner at Backstage Capital


Chris McLemore

Chris McLemore, Program Manager of Oakland Startup Network at Kapor Center


Jared Wiener

Jared Wiener, Technology Industry Liaison at Prosper Portland


Melinda Briana Epler

Melinda Briana Epler, Founder, CEO at Change Catalyst


Wayne Sutton

Wayne Sutton, Co-Founder, CTO at Change Catalyst

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