Risk City event highlights Memphis entrepreneurial leadership

LauchYourCity, Inc. Co-Founder Eric Mathews (left) offers advice to Jim Sposto during a “Speed Pitch” program as part of the “Risk City” event at Minglewood Hall. Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the event gave aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about the inherent risk associated with new business endeavors. The “Speed Pitch” program offered participants the chance to practice their business pitch to numerous established entrepreneurs in five minute blocks. (Photo by Brandon Dill)

By James Dowd

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Posted November 16, 2012 at 5:48 p.m., updated November 17, 2012 at 12:07 a.m.

Ted Townsend, greater Memphis regional director of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, sat at a table in Minglewood Hall on Friday checking some notes while a couple seats away, his ECD colleague Joann Massey pecked furiously on her smartphone.

“Joann’s tweeting updates about what’s going on in Memphis today,” Townsend said. “We wanted to be here to support the strategies that have made Tennessee the top state in the nation for Global Entrepreneurship Week.”

Added Massey between tweets, “There’s a great entrepreneurial synergy here. You can actually feel it.”

The two joined dozens of other entrepreneurs and their supporters at the first-ever Risk City encampment, a daylong program at Minglewood that featured food trucks, live entertainment, remote work stations and activities to connect fledgling entrepreneurs with experienced business mentors and promote risk acceptance as a path toward entrepreneurial achievement.

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