How I Built This Summit

Since 2018, more than 1,300 entrepreneurs have gathered for the How I Built This Summit – an event designed to celebrate the journey of the entrepreneur and community over competition.

In 2021, NPR will reimagine the How I Built This Summit and Fellows Program to bring inspiration and resilience to even more people with direct impact through a one-of-a-kind virtual experience.

With the opportunity for sponsors to program thought leadership sessions and create virtual activations, the Summit is NPR’s most dynamic event sponsorship opportunity. 

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Attendee Feedback


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How I Built This Summit Attendee Survey, 2018 & 2019

Summit Highlights

Summit Programming

Inspiring Main Stage Interviews

Host Guy Raz in conversation with groundbreaking entrepreneurs sharing their entrepreneurial journey.

In-Depth Breakout Sessions

Tactical learning sessions facilitated by notable entrepreneurs let attendees customize their Summit experience.

Team Challenges

Summit attendees will work in virtual groups over four days to develop a business solution to a societal problem.

Fellowship Program

Discovers, empowers and elevates promising entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities.

"The conference is a haven for inspiration at all ages."

The New York Times

“Speaker and attendee energy was magnetic. I have not experienced that elsewhere!”

Summit Attendee

"This was the best event of its kind I have ever attended. I gained new insights with every single session."

Summit Attendee

"The programming, along with networking and mentorship opportunities, is practically a study for entrepreneurs and innovators on how to build a movement."

Women's Wear Daily

“Overflowing with great insights and impressive personalities with great stories.”

Summit Attendee

2019 Summit Sponsors

National Public Media works with Summit sponsors to create customized onsite activations, program thought leadership sessions and naturally integrate brands into promotional and onsite materials.
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