EnterCircle summit kicks off Tuesday

Five-day event helps make entrepreneurship a reality


EnterCircle 2023 is approaching quickly. The five-day summit will take place on Nov. 14-18 at the link in the Nocatee Town Center. This year’s theme aims to inspire attendees to “Thrive with Purpose” in their professional and personal endeavors. 

The summit is organized by Sapna Foundation, whose mission is to propel entrepreneurship by building innovative solutions for alleviating poverty.

The content of the summit will be delivered through talks, hands-on workshops, breakout rooms, panel discussions and networking. Attendees are encouraged to connect, collaborate with others and share their businesses with the Ponte Vedra community. 

This year, two additional days have been added to the usual three-day schedule. Day one is the JVC Showdown, hosted by the Jacksonville Venture Competition network. This pitch competition will allow startup founders to pitch their businesses to a panel of experienced judges who will give live feedback on the pitches.

Registration is free for the JVC Showdown. Those interested can register at www.entercircle.zone/jvc-showdown.

Day two is the Premier Business Showcase and Awards Night. This event includes a pitch competition, business expo, keynote speakers from St. Johns County and Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub, a presentation of awards to local businesses who are inspiring growth in the community and Cocktails for a Cause Charity Networking.

All proceeds from Cocktails for a Cause will benefit STEM2 Hub, whose mission is to grow STEM education programs in Florida schools.

Attendance is free to the business expo, and attendees can enter a raffle to win either a link family membership, a $100 credit for an activity or event at the link or tickets to the Jacksonville Zoo. Admission for Cocktails for a Cause is $75. You can register for these events at www.entercircle.zone/business-showcase.

Day three is a Youth Symposium. Students from four St. Johns County high school career academies will attend thanks to the Career and Technical Education department at St. Johns County School District. 

Students will learn from experienced entrepreneurs who will share knowledge on finding employment in St. Johns County, design thinking, how to fund their business goals and more. You can register for the student pitch competition at www.entercircle.zone/youth-symposium.

Day four is dedicated to inspiring women. The Women’s Day program welcomes speakers from industries like tech, finance and real estate who will share their stories on how they were able to thrive in their fields despite the odds.

This day is for women starting their entrepreneurial journey, seasoned professionals, students and women looking to be inspired. Topics for Women’s Day include women in tech, women in business, financial growth strategies, finding happiness and more.

Attendees can purchase tickets for $55 and woman-owned businesses can purchase an expo table for $150. You can register and buy an expo table at www.entercircle.zone/womens-day, and registrants can receive 20% off tickets by using code WOMENSDAY20.

Day five is the Jr. Business Fair. This collaboration between Sapna Foundation and Acton Academy Ponte Vedra aims to give children under 15 the experience of launching their own startups in a supportive environment. Parents can cultivate entrepreneurship in their children by registering for $25 at www.entercircle.zone/jr-business-fair.

Click HERE to see the schedule.