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November 22, 2022 | Tom Ballard

“Startup Mountain Summit” planned for next October in Johnson City

The Appalachian Highlands’ first and only conference for entrepreneurs will make its debut next fall 2023, specifically October 25-27 at East Tennessee State University’s (ETSU) Martin Center in Johnson City.

Organized by local non-profit FoundersForge and ETSU’s College of Business and Technology, the “Startup Mountain Summit” will focus on combining speakers and their insights with the unique environment of the Appalachian Highlands area of Northeast Tennessee.

“’Startup Mountain Summit’ will provide hands-on workshops from experienced entrepreneurs across multiple areas of expertise,” says David Nelson, Director of FoundersForge, who is coordinating the event. “This is a chance for people to learn from each other and network to find the resources they need to take their business to new heights.”

Nelson says it is being designed to show what the region has to offer entrepreneurs from across the Southeast. And hosting it in the mountains creates an even more unique experience. “After each day, attendees will be able to participate in unique experiences featuring East Tennessee’s natural beauty and thriving businesses to showcase all that we have to offer,” he said.

A key goal is to attract entrepreneurs from all over to the region to come together and learn how to navigate roadblocks and weather the challenging economic times ahead. “The economy is changing and new barriers to growth are coming for Startups,” says Nelson. “’Startup Mountain Summit’ is a fresh opportunity to make key connections with investors, mentors, and other startups from across the country. The economy is changing and tapping into the energy in our start-up ecosystem will help inspire everyone to meet the future challenges of running a startup.”

Tickets are now available at this link, and the sponsors are also seeking sponsors.

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