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UPDATED 2/11: NatlEshipWeek to host immersive virtual reality panel with national partners

Updated: Feb 11, 2022

"The Future of Entrepreneurship in the Metaverse", featuring the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Aspen Institute, will explore entrepreneurial opportunities in the metaverse and emergent technologies.

National Entrepreneurship Week (NatlEshipWeek) is proud to announce the addition of

XR Association President and CEO, Elizabeth Hyman, as a panelist to the second annual virtual reality panel on the “Future of Entrepreneurship in Virtual Reality and the Metaverse” with the US Small Business Administration* and the Aspen Institute, taking place Wednesday, February 16, at 6pm ET.

“We are excited to be a part of this important panel, highlighting the unique entrepreneurial opportunities that augmented and virtual reality represent,” said Elizabeth Hyman, XR Association President and CEO. “XR technology requires a diverse community of entrepreneurs and voices to help build it. These new technologies hold untold promise for startups,” she said.

“We are excited for the 2nd annual metaverse panel. The metaverse offers untold entrepreneurial opportunities for new business creation,” said Joe Kapp, Co-Chair of National Entrepreneurship Week. “Whether you’re an aspiring, new, or seasoned entrepreneur, this virtual reality panel is an opportunity for lively conversation and networking on the metaverse and entrepreneurship.”

“As we continue to have a public conversation about what a society where everyone belongs and has equitable opportunities to thrive looks like, we have to address ways in which entrepreneurial resources reach more pools of talent all over the USA,” said Cordell Carter, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program.

Space is limited for this free event and requires a Microsoft AltSpace VR account. The event is available in virtual reality on Oculus devices, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, and in 2D mode on Macs and PCs. For more information and to register for the virtual reality meet-up, click here.


National Entrepreneurship Week was congressionally chartered in 2006 to take place annually the third week of February. It was relaunched in 2015 as NatlEshipWeek to engage communities across the United States. NatlEshipWeek 2021 will take place February 13-20 to engage a network of partners from Maui to Miami. For more information on NatlEshipWeek, visit

The XR Association XRA is leading the way for the responsible development and adoption of XR by convening stakeholders, developing best practices and research, and advocating on behalf of our members and the greater XR industry. The XRA represents the broad ecosystem of the XR industry including headset manufacturers, technology platforms, component and peripheral companies, internet infrastructure companies, enterprise solution providers, and corporate end-users. The founders of XRA are Google, HTC Vive, Microsoft, Oculus from Facebook, and Sony Interactive Entertainment.

The Aspen Institute Socrates Program provides a forum for emerging leaders from various professions to convene and explore contemporary issues through expert-moderated dialogue. Socrates also provides the opportunity for participants to enter into a diverse professional network, and into the broader range of the Aspen Institute’s programs.

The SBA The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

*SBA's participation or support is not an endorsement of any product, service, or entity.

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