‘Core Conversations’ pairs established and emerging Memphis entrepreneurs

Dr. Scott Morris talks with young entrepreneurs about his experiences during the 4th Annual Core Conversations luncheon at Emerge Memphis Thursday afternoon to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week. (Photo by Jim Weber)

Sharing of experiences aids business

By James Dowd

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Posted November 15, 2012 at 11:28 p.m.

Although relatively young in years, the annual “Core Conversations” gathering held Thursday at EmergeMemphis has evolved from an innovative startup concept to the longest-running and most visible local collaboration celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Founded in 2009 as a partnership between LaunchMemphis and the Society of Entrepreneurs, the event was one of the inaugural Memphis contributions to Global Entrepreneurship Week and distinguished itself by connecting established business leaders with less experienced entrepreneurs.

And while local volunteers have added new GEW-related programming every year since, Core Conversations remains the foundation upon which subsequent events promoting the international celebration are built. Coordinators from both groups said that the 2012 luncheon was the most popular to date.

“Generationally speaking, this is our most diverse and interesting grouping yet,” said Eric Mathews, co-president of LaunchYourCity and interim president of EmergeMemphis. “We’re hearing wonderful success stories from renowned business leaders as they interact with some of our community’s emerging entrepreneurs. It’s exciting to think that some of the startup founders here today may be Society of Entrepreneurs inductees in the future.”

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