The Ideas to Doors (I2D) Conference, hosted by the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the university of Arizona, is about the stories of retail entrepreneurs and innovators. It is about the passion, the determination, the belief that they could take their ideas – as crazy as they may have seemed at the start – and get them into the doors of their retail stores and of their customers.
So, if I go, what will I get out of attending Ideas to Doors?
You will get a great deal whether you are a young student or professional or an industry veteran. This conference is about getting an intimate peek into some amazing retail stories and innovations that are beginning to build their own legacy like many of the household names of retailing did in the decades and centuries past. This is about feeling the energy and passion of entrepreneurs who don’t just go along but are finding their niche in the market and charging through it.
I2D is not your typical industry conference. It isn’t about listening to speakers but about sitting in on a conversation. It is about hearing the oftentimes gut-wrenching but always inspiring and head-shaking stories of real innovators as they navigate the startup challenge. It is about feeling the pain and glory of putting it all on the line for an idea that they believe – deep in their soul – is a great one. It is about seeing the passion in the eyes of people just like you that said “I know this will work, damn it!” So, slide on a comfortable pair of jeans, slip into your coolest t-shirt, grab a cup of dark roast or Earl Grey, plop down in a comfy seat and join us in the conversation.
Ideas to Doors’ sponsors include: