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Summit Overview

Join us at RISE, a summit hosted by UVM that brings research, innovation, sustainability, and entrepreneurship together to spur change for a better tomorrow.

June 24-25, 2024

Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

In Person / Online

Virtual attendance options available



In a time of seemingly insurmountable challenges, we must bring together innovative- and forward-thinkers to seed partnerships and collaborations with solutions at the center. RISE was born out of a need to amplify and elevate existing ideas, and foster the development of new ones.

Hosted by UVM, Vermont’s Land Grant University, RISE will highlight efforts to utilize research, innovation, sustainability, and entrepreneurship to solve problems through partnership and collaboration.

We are bringing together researchers, entrepreneurs, problem-solvers, and energized community members to address a myriad of complex challenges. We’ll grapple with how to build flood resilience, strengthen food systems, enhance educational opportunities for learners of all ages, amplify technology solutions for our energy and community systems, and converge on ideas for a sustainable future.

Aerial view of UVM

RISE 2024 Agenda

RISE 2024 is a two-day summit to explore and connect around new ideas driving place-based advances in health, prosperity and purpose. The event will include speakers, panels, breakout presentations and networking for in-person and virtual audiences.

More agenda details to be announced.

Day 1: Placemaking in Practice

Day 1 will explore the role of research in community well-being and placemaking, featuring keynote addresses from national thought leaders.

Day 2: Placemaking Tools

Day 2 will focus on placemaking for sustainability and feature keynotes from UVM faculty members and researchers.

Powered by the Leahy Institute for Rural Partnerships

The University of Vermont’s Leahy Institute for Rural Partnerships operates alongside the Office of Engagement with the mission to provide engagement opportunities and partnerships with UVM for the benefit of our rural places. The Leahy Institute brings financial and technical assistance, access to UVM research, faculty expertise, student projects and internships, and established UVM startup and engagement programs.

Together, we will collaborate on impactful solutions that drive positive change for Vermont and beyond.

RISE 2023

In 2023, the University of Vermont opened its campus to the region’s business leaders, entrepreneurs, and economic development organizations with the first Research, Innovation, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship (RISE) Summit, introducing an intensive new partnership approach to building a bright and prosperous future for Vermont and the region.

Read More About RISE 2023

A collage of people attending and speaking at RISE 2023

Parking Information

If you selected, yes, for a parking permit on your registration form you will receive a follow up email from our Registration coordinator about a week before the Summit with further information. At that time you will receive the UVM parking permit that you will need to print and display on your dashboard while parked on campus. The permit will also include a detailed map locating the UVM parking lot for the Summit as well as the Davis Center, where the Summit will take place. There will also be written driving instructions from Highway I-89 to the parking lot and also from Downtown Burlington to the parking lot.

If you have any questions regarding parking accommodations, please contact us at:

Hotel AccommodationS

The following hotels may be offering special rates to our RISE 2024 attendees. Please check here once registration opens.

Courtyard Burlington Harbor (Marriott):

Hotel Vermont