The Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship will host a half-day conference on February 11 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on “Entrepreneurship and Economic Development” in the Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey School.

The goals of the conference are to share insights from public and private efforts in other regions, present emerging opportunities in the Twin Cities, and discuss the roles of the broader community in supporting entrepreneurship-based economic development.

At the conference, Yas Motoyama (pictured) will share research from the Kauffman Foundation on public efforts to promote entrepreneurship, suggesting policymakers should avoid top-down funds/incubators and instead seek to create dense connections among entrepreneurs and organizations that support them.

In addition, Steven Collens, CEO of MATTER and previously from the Pritzker Group and Chicago’s 1871 co-working facility, will share his experiences from building the coalition of participants at 1871 that helped to drive Chicago’s emergence as a global hub for digital entrepreneurship.

Also, local entrepreneurs, investors, and developers will share emerging opportunities to create facilities and other resources for a broad range of Minnesota entrepreneurs and economic development leaders will discuss their roles and priorities in supporting a more entrepreneur-centered approach.

A full schedule of events and registration information can be found online