JOIN OTHER RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONERS AND ENTREPRENEURS FOR 2 DAYS OF NETWORKING AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING TO ADVANCE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
Exclusive to REAL15 are several curated presentations, including a session devoted to the Makerspaces phenomenon on the first day of the conference. The session will provide valuable insight into the spaces’ inner workings with speakers from T-REX (St. Louis), University of Tennessee at Martin and Catapult Creative House, Southeast’s new take on a commercial learning laboratory. Similarly stimulating presentations will continue on the second day, which kicks off with an update on the status of rural entrepreneurship in the Delta region and available programs from the Delta Regional Authority by Chairman Michael Marshall.
Students are also encouraged to attend and a limited number of scholarships have been made available to cover registration fees. Interested students need to fill out and submit an online application by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 to be considered. Those selected to receive scholarships will be notified before Monday, Sept.14. The application is available at www.semo.edu/irie.
Registration covers both days of presentations and speakers, as well as a welcome reception at Catapult Creative House with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments on Sept. 22 and both breakfast and lunch on Sept. 23. Attendees can take advantage of the early bird discount for a registration cost of only $50 per person if they register online by Aug. 31. After that date, registration is $75 per person. For the full agenda and to register, visit www.innovationmic.org/real15.