National Conference

The National Conference is the culmination of the ICCC program year. It provides opportunities to get inspired, continue your development, sharpen your capital pitch, and network with other small business owners from across the country. The National Conference brings together our dynamic network of current program participants, small business alumni, and collaborators.

This year, the ICIC National Conference will combine the ICCC Culminating Conference with the Inner City 100 Awards & Conference (an awards ceremony featuring the 100 fastest growing companies in America’s inner cities), and will feature key elements of each conference.

The ICIC National Conference begins with a welcome reception at Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion on November 12th (6-8pm). It will continue at the Hynes Convention Center for a full day of programming on November 13th (8am-7:30pm), featuring relevant educational content, high-profile keynote addresses, and many networking opportunities with the more than 400 business owners from throughout the country who will be in attendance.

Current 2019 ICCC participants and past ICCC alumni will receive one complimentary ticket to the ICIC National Conference. You should’ve received an email with a promo code to redeem your ticket. If not, please contact the ICCC team at Register to attend the National Conference here.

For more information regarding the ICIC National Conference agenda, hotel accommodations, and other information, refer here.

To be considered for our need-based travel stipend, and/or participate in a pitch deck review session at the ICIC National Conference on November 13th, you must complete an online Interest Form. See below for more details regarding the pitch deck review session and travel stipend.


Interest Form

If you are interested in participating in a pitch deck review session, and/or interested in receiving a need-based travel stipend, please fill out our online Interest Form.  

Pitch Deck Review Session

Companies that have attended the ICIC National Conference in the past and were looking to raise capital have reported extraordinary rates of success. Of these companies, 70% went on to raise capital within the year and 82% within two years.

At the conference, there will be a “gentler, kinder Shark Tank” session, where you can see your peers pitch and get immediate feedback from a panel of experienced capital providers.

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a capital provider and receive individual feedback on your pitch. This session is solely a review of your pitch deck, and no capital investment will be made.

Participants interested in the pitch deck review session must submit a pitch deck. For more information regarding creating a pitch deck, please contact the ICCC team at

Need-Based Travel Stipend

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, ICCC will be awarding a limited number of need-based travel stipends to current participants to offset the costs associated with traveling to the conference. Given that the conference will take place in Boston, Boston-based businesses are ineligible to receive a travel stipend.

ICCC will consider a number of factors when determining recipients of the travel stipend, including the size of the business, number of webinars watched, and participation in one-on-one coaching. You must register for the conference to be considered for a travel stipend.

Building Capacity, Building Network

Our speakers and lecturers draw on years of hands-on experience to provide practical advice, and they are eager to help you grow your business. You can also hear from alumni on how they took advantage of the program to accelerate their growth and scale up their company.

With hundreds of growth-oriented businesses in attendance, the ICIC National Conference presents a unique opportunity to forge strategic alliances with capital providers, mentors, and potential partners, suppliers, or clients.

Some conference highlights will include:

  • A keynote address by ICIC founder and chairman Dr. Michael Porter from Harvard Business School on creating shared value
  • A keynote address by Inner City 100 winner and CEO of Happy Brands, Shazi Vizram
  • Educational breakout sessions led by Harvard Business School professor Lynda Applegate, and author and entrepreneur Dawn Fotopulos
  • Shark Tank-style pitches with panel of expert judges
  • The reveal of the 2019 Inner City 100 list, published in FORTUNE

“This has honestly been the most impactful business conference I have ever attended!” Brown Toy Box, 2018 ICCC Atlanta Participant


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