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Highlights & Activities

Sunday, May 4
San Antonio City Tour

Experience the history of San Antonio on this scenic Sunday tour. First, immerse yourself in the struggle between American settlers and Mexican authorities during the IMAX film “The Price of Freedom.” After the movie, walk to the nearby Alamo for a guided tour of this Texas landmark. Next, board a river barge and enjoy the view of the shops and restaurants that dot the River Walk. This peaceful voyage will end at the San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the United States. You'll also visit the 18th-century Spanish Governor’s Palace, where the Spanish officials who once governed New Spain (now part of Texas) lived. After that, browse for Mexican keepsakes and other knickknacks in Market Square.

Fee: $89

Opening Reception and NBIA Expo

Celebrate the opening of NBIA’s 22nd International Conference on Business Incubation during the Sunday evening reception. Pick up your registration materials, then search out old friends or make new contacts who share an interest in business incubation and economic development. Check out the NBIA Bookstore for new and hard-to-find titles in incubation, entrepreneurship and economic development. Browse the NBIA Expo to meet the conference exhibitors and check out the innovative products on display. The opening reception is the appetizer before the buffet of sessions and networking yet to come!

Monday, May 5
Breakfast – First-Time Attendees Orientation and NBIA Expo

Is this your first time attending the International Conference on Business Incubation? Meet other newcomers and find out how to make the most of your conference experience at this special orientation session. Meanwhile, conference veterans can chat with exhibitors at the NBIA Expo or spend time browsing in the NBIA Bookstore.

Keynote Address

As chairman of CityView, a real estate investment firm, Henry Cisneros has worked to provide high-quality, affordable housing options for working-class families. His work to make home ownership a reality for many Americans has spurred economic development across the nation. Cisneros served as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary in the Clinton administration; in that role, he was credited with creating policies that increased home ownership rates and renewed development of public housing. He also served four terms as the mayor of San Antonio in the ‘80s, and the infrastructure and other improvements he initiated led to job growth and revitalization for the city.

University of Texas Health Science Center Tour

Join NBIA as we visit the University of Texas Health Science Center’s San Antonio campus. One stop on this tour is the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, supported by $200 million in an endowment from tobacco settlement receipts. While the institute is focused on researching and developing therapies for childhood cancer, the broader goal is to eliminate cancer for people of all ages. The second stop is the site of the Texas Research and Technology Foundation’s proposed incubator facility, which will be located in UTHSC’s South Texas Research Facility. The incubator will house start-up bioscience companies.

Fee: $39
The UTHSC Tour is currently full. Registration for this event has been closed.

Free Night: Cinco de Mayo

Enjoy the festivities as San Antonio celebrates Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican army’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Because of the city's proximity to Mexico, many of San Antonio’s restaurants and attractions mark the date with special celebrations featuring concerts and authentic cuisine. NBIA will provide a schedule of evening activities around the city so you can find ways to enjoy the festivities with other conference attendees.

Tuesday, May 6
Invited Speaker

NBIA has invited Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson to speak at the International Conference on Business Incubation. In his previous job as the deputy chief of staff to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wilson oversaw efforts to obtain capital investments and bring more jobs to the state. As the secretary of state, Wilson has helped to shape the Texas economy by continuing those endeavors. His other responsibilities include presiding over state elections, and he also serves as Gov. Perry’s liaison for Mexico and border affairs.

NBIA Awards Luncheon

A business lunch doesn't get more exciting than this: Who will win this year's NBIA Incubation Awards? Join NBIA as we announce and celebrate the industry’s top incubation programs, clients and graduates. Honorees have made significant contributions to their communities, their economies and their industries, demonstrating the tremendous effect business incubation can have. Come see who’s setting industry trends.

International Reception

Travel a world of incubation programs by stepping onto the Grand Hyatt’s patio overlooking the River Walk for the International Reception. Browse displays highlighting incubation across the globe to learn how colleagues in other countries provide entrepreneurial support and other assistance to their clients and local economies. Enjoy Tex-Mex and Mexican food in a relaxed, informal setting while chatting with other attendees. To add to the fun, we invite everyone to dress in apparel native to their home countries.

Wednesday, May 7
Networking Breakfast

Start the last day of the conference out right by attending this special networking breakfast. Enjoy a cup of coffee with colleagues who work with programs similar to your own, and share possible solutions to your common challenges. Learning from other incubation professionals is one of the beneficial aspects of the conference – don’t miss this opportunity to maximize your networking!

Austin Technology Incubator Tour

After conference sessions conclude on Wednesday, May 7, take a short trip with us to the Austin Technology Incubator, a program of the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. ATI works with early-stage technology companies to increase their chances of success and decrease their time to capital and markets. Founded in 1989, ATI has worked with more than 150 teams of entrepreneurs, who collectively have raised more than $725 million dollars in investor capital while at ATI.

Our tour will include visits to UT research laboratories that spin out IT, wireless, energy and bioscience companies to ATI. Later, you’ll have time to explore downtown Austin, the capital of Texas and the “Live Music Capital of the World.”

Fee: $79
The Austin Technology Incubator Tour is currently full. Registration for this event has been closed.


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