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Mayor's Summit

The Mayor’s Summit is an integral part of the Project NorthStar initiative, with goals around expanding business and career growth in the innovation economy for all. 



Enable Innovation for Everyone


Philadelphia is The birthplace of our nation, the 5th largest city in the U.S., AND a bastion of industry, innovation, and diversity.

The city's leadership has set out to determine how to best leverage technology as a building block in creating a prosperous and equitable economic future for all.

We invite you to bring your ideas and expertise to the Mayor's Summit, an interdisciplinary working session. 



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Project NorthStar’s Mayor’s Summit is a pre-conference invite-only gathering of tech ecosystem builders and decision-makers hosted by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, and facilitated by Black & Brown Founders, in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal.

Held on October 2nd, just ahead of the Project NorthStar Conference, the Mayor's Summit will convene a curated group of leaders for a working session focused on defining the hallmarks of sustainable, equitable growth in the innovation economy for Philadelphia and other cities.



Philadelphia’s local and regional economy is dependent on continuous business development for sustained growth and vibrancy. To advance any economy, a deliberate effort is required. This is dependent on a foundation of support, an environment of innovation, and a culture of creativity that invites new thinking and ideas. These elements are most effective when coming from a variety of sectors, people, and communities who bring new knowledge that can help the economy evolve.

The Mayor's Summit aims to connect Philadelphia stakeholders to the national landscape and vice versa. It's also meant  to encourage cross-pollination of ideas from different sectors. With proper alignment and engagement, Philadelphia can create partnerships and opportunities for its citizens that not only allows them to flourish in the near future but throughout the twenty-first century.  

The Mayor’s Summit is an integral part of the “Project NorthStar” initiative, with goals around creating a blueprint for expanding business and career growth in the innovation economy.


  1. Convene experts and decision-makers from different sectors and disciplines to exchange ideas on increasing the participation of Black and/or Latinx people in the innovation economy

  2. Establish a shared understanding around the realities of underrepresented entrepreneurs and workers in tech, and what opportunities can come of increasing their participation

  3. Gather ideas and insights from an interdisciplinary group that will allow ecosystem builders to develop a framework for leveraging available resources to make meaningful progress on shared goals of increasing equity in the innovation economy

  4. Create reports using the information and resources provided at the Mayor’s Summit to share discoveries with the broader ecosystem

  5. Build coalition among organizations and individuals who are willing to make commitments toward progress on closing the wealth gap for diverse populations through tech entrepreneurship and careers



Still have questions? Take a look at the FAQs.




What is the time and location of the Mayor's Summit?

Project NorthStar Mayor’s Summit
October 2, 2018 | 1:00PM - 6:00PM
Quorum | 3675 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Why was I chosen to attend the Mayor's Summit?

Your work, professional background, engagement, and current position means that you are involved in the innovation economy. Research and/or recommendations suggest that your perspective and experience can help the city craft solutions that can work for all Philadelphians.  


Who else is being invited?

Professionals who are connected to the innovation economy, and represent leadership within the following verticals:

  • Corporate
  • Workforce Development
  • Education
  • Business Networks
  • Tech Startups
  • Investment & Finance
  • Community Programs
  • Government

A list of attendees will be shared prior to the event.


What is my main responsibility before and at the Summit?

  • Share relevant documents, studies and best practices related to your work (this will be requested by organizers after you RSVP)
  • Read and study other materials provided by the event organizers. We will keep it brief!
  • Arrive with a sense of curiosity and desire to engage in creative problem solving
  • Acknowledge the expertise of others in the room, and be respectful of everyone's contributions
  • Leave the Summit with a goal to work with a fellow stakeholder, based on the day's outcomes




What will I be doing at the Summit? 

As a summit attendee, you will break into cross-disciplinary groups as assigned by the organizers. Each group will be led by one NorthStar Advisory Committee member. Experts will also join the breakout groups and contribute. Each group will be provided with worksheets consisting of the same 5 questions, which group members will generate answers for. After the working session ends, we hope you can stay for our reception from 4-6PM.


How many people will be attending?

We expect between fifty to seventy attendees.


Do I have to buy a ticket to the NorthStar conference?

The Mayor's Summit is an invitation-only private event. There is no cost to attend.

While not required, we welcome you to stay and experience the Project NorthStar tech conference. Contact the event organizers for further information.

I can’t make it. Can I send someone else on my behalf?

Our aim to is to have stakeholders and decision makers in the room. Please keep that in mind as you may recommend a colleague. They should have the same level of commitment and status at your organization. 


What about hotel accommodations?

We have discounted rooms at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. Book your room here by September 10th to ensure a rate of $179/night (does not include hotel taxes and fees). Note that there are many conferences happening in Philadelphia the week of Project NorthStar; hotel rooms are going fast!


Don’t see your questions listed here? Email and we’ll be happy to further assist you.