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A Right to Compete: Are Monopolies Crushing Entrepreneurship?

October 11, 2018  |  The Marriott Metro Center 775 12th St NW Washington, DC 20005 8:15 am to 3:00 pm

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Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)

Commissioner Robert Jackson, Securities and Exchange Commission

At its best, the United States is home to entrepreneurs who lead the world in innovation, and to the most developed and diverse sources of investment capital anywhere. But today America’s business community is in a crisis. Entrepreneurship is at a forty year low and startups are closing their doors faster than any time in 50 years. Even for those that succeed, the biggest corporations increasingly set the rules for innovation.

Please join us Thursday, October 11, for “A Right to Compete: Are Monopolies Crushing Entrepreneurship?” a conference hosted by the Open Markets Institute and Village Capital. We will hear from leading entrepreneurs and policymakers, as well as community leaders, researchers, and advocates, about the declining right to compete in America. The full-day conference will detail the nation’s declining economic dynamism, identify the source of the problem in anticompetitive practices, and discuss solutions to support a resurgence of the American entrepreneur.

Participants will also discuss some of the larger social and economic effects of the sharp decline in entrepreneurship, including the dangers posed to investors and the broader economic, political, and material well-being of Americans.

Participants include:

Ross Baird, President, Village Capital, and author of The Innovation Blind Spot

Barry Lynn, Executive Director, Open Markets Institute, and author of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction

Victor Hwang, Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation

Rana Foroohar, global business columnist, The Financial Times, and author of Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business

Jim Tankersley, Tax and Economics Reporter, The New York Times

Rodney Foxworth, Jr., Executive Director, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and author of Big Box Swindle

Ebony Pope, Director of U.S. Ventures, Village Capital

Lillian Salerno, co-founder and former COO of Retractable Technologies, and former Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, USDA

John Lettieri, Co-Founder and President, Economic Innovation Group

Mike Callicrate, Owner, Ranch Foods Direct

Alex Laskey, President and Founder, OPOWER


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