NBIA's 23rd International Conference

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Conference Sessions

With more than 60 sessions to choose from – including lectures, panels and roundtable discussions – NBIA’s 2010 conference will offer something for everyone.

Sessions marked with a star qualify as meeting requirements for the NBIA Incubator Management Certificate Program. Click here for more information about program requirements.

Monday, May 17, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Helping Client Companies Revise Their Business Plans and Strategies

As their businesses develop and grow, your clients likely will need help updating their business plan and strategies. Learn how to develop more efficient and effective systems, methods and templates to provide this assistance, as well as ways to monitor clients’ progress toward achieving defined milestones and goals.
Booker Schmidt, Executive Director, Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center, Gainesville, Fla.
Moderator: Laurie Watje, Program Associate, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Creating Effective Policies and Procedures

Improve incubator operations by learning to write effective policies and procedures for all aspects of your program, including policies for building and suite leases, shared conference rooms, equity agreements, insurance and liability issues, and more. The presenter will share examples and templates.
Mark Long, President, Long Performance Advisors, Greenwood, Ind.

Perspectives on International Incubation and Economic Development

Business incubators are proven and effective tools for growing emerging industry clusters and diversifying economies. Through a discussion of economic clusters, sector-focused incubators and partnerships, learn how incubation can spur international economic development. The presenters will share examples, including information about NBIA’s international consulting work.
Peter Harman, Chief Executive, UK Business Incubation, Birmingham, United Kingdom
David Monkman, President and CEO, National Business Incubation Association, Athens, Ohio.
Jim Robbins, Partner, Business Cluster Development, Menlo Park, Calif.

Designing and Managing a Life Science and Cleantech Network

The presenters will share their experiences with identifying, pricing and delivering value-added services to meet the needs of bioscience and cleantech entrepreneurs. Learn about a model for developing a network of incubation programs, and the advantages and challenges of operating biotech and clean technology incubators.
David Lohr, Executive Director, Virginia Biosciences Development Center & Dominion Resources GreenTech Incubator, Richmond, Va.
Melinda Richter, CEO/Executive Director, Prescience International/San Jose BioCenter, San Francisco, Calif.
Moderator: Charles Stein, President, Strategic Development Services, Powell, Ohio

Youth Entrepreneurship – Launching Tomorrow’s Leaders

This presentation will show incubator managers how they can implement their own successful youth entrepreneurship program. It also will provide a template to engage local communities in this activity to create a stronger partnership between the incubator and other local organizations.
Wendy Kennedy, President, Wendykennedy.com, Ottawa, Canada
Tim Peoples, Director, Purdue Technology Centers of West Lafayette, West Lafayette, Ind.
Juliana Spiker, Administrative Assistant, Purdue Technology Centers of West Lafayette, West Lafayette, Ind.

Guidelines for Selecting Clients

Choosing clients with a high likelihood for success is essential to your incubator’s survival. Learn an effective application and screening process to ensure you are choosing entrepreneurs who will benefit from your services, support your incubator’s goals and mission, and are likely to thrive.
Stephen Hartlen, Vice President of Mentoring, Innovacorp, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Shelley Hessian, Senior Advisor, Business Ventures, Innovacorp, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Moderator: Diane Miller, Assistant Director, Clean & Alternative Energy Incubator, Toledo, Ohio

Coaching Your Clients to Success

An experienced incubator manager and business coach will explain a coaching method that works for all entrepreneurs. This session will cover step-by-step processes to coach your clients to dramatic results and increased profitability.
David Terry, Executive Director, West Texas A&M University Enterprise Network, Amarillo, Texas
Moderator: Jeff Joerling, Business Development Manager, Turnstone - A Steelcase Company, Denver, Colo.

Forum: New Managers

Share ideas and strategies with other new managers during this discussion. Gain insight on topics such as how to work with clients, operate a financially viable incubator and maintain reasonable expectations with stakeholders.
Moderator: DeAnna Adams, Director, Casper Area Innovation Center, Casper, Wyo.

Monday, May 17, 10:45 a.m. – noon

Enhancing Your Client Advisory Services Process

Improve client assistance by learning how to assess the specific issues companies face and initiate a customized advisory process. The presenters will explain a tool, which consists of data-gathering, analysis and strategic planning phases, built around proven factors for business success.
John Hanak, Statewide Director, Purdue Technology Centers, Indianapolis, Ind.
Tim Peoples, Director, Purdue Technology Centers of West Lafayette, West Lafayette, Ind.
Rick Solomon, CEO, RAN ONE Americas, Stony Brook, NY

Incubation as a Community Revitalization Tool

How can incubation catalyze community and economic revitalization? Two incubators in Ohio created hope, optimism and entrepreneurship through the development of an industry-specific focus. With these clusters in place, the incubators were able to support their communities by diversifying the local economy and attracting additional resources and investments.
Julie Michael Smith, Chief Development Officer, Youngstown Business Incubator, Youngstown, Ohio
Megan Reichert-Kral, Director of Incubation, Clean & Alternative Energy Incubator, Toledo, Ohio
Moderator: Joel Stevenson, Director, USC/Columbia Technology Incubator, Columbia, S.C.

A Look at Best Practices and Why They Made the Cut

With the upcoming release of NBIA’s updated book, Best Practices in Action, incubators can learn about top-notch procedures from across the globe. This session explores several top-tier incubation practices, specifically in the areas of client services, sustainability, and client selection and graduation.
Karl LaPan, President & CEO, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Joel Wiggins, CEO & President, Enterprise Center of Johnson County, Lenexa, Kan.
Chuck Wolfe, President, Claggett Wolfe Associates, Auburn, Calif.
Moderator: Chris Reddin, Executive Director, Business Incubator Center, Grand Junction, Colo.

Biotechnology Incubator Design Considerations

Find out how to optimize the space you provide for your biotechnology clients and ensure you are meeting their needs. This session will cover site selection, budgetary considerations, necessary infrastructure, the ins and outs of maintenance, and more.
Jim Hill, Principal in Charge, BSA Life Structures, Indianapolis, Ind.
Chris Lake, Principal in Charge, BSA Life Structures, Indianapolis, Ind.
Moderator: Patti Breedlove, Associate Director, University of Florida Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator, Alachua, Fla.

Alternative Methods for Financing Incubator Development

Discover how the Historic, New Market and Renewable Energy Tax Credit programs can be used to fund the building of an incubator in the U.S. The presenter will explore how to use these programs to turn the idea of developing an incubator into reality.
Carl R. Desenberg, Attorney, Polsinelli, St. Louis, Mo.
Mark McConnel, President, The Summit Studio, Roanoke, Va.
Brian Wishneff, President, Brian Wishneff & Associates, Roanoke, Va.

Dispelling Incubator Feasibility Myths

This session will dispel some of the common misconceptions about feasibility studies by explaining the fallacies and identifying correct outcomes. The presenters also will explain the best way to approach the feasibility process.
Jim Greenwood, President, Greenwood Consulting Group, Sanibel, Fla.
Charles Stein, President, Strategic Development Services, Powell, Ohio

Forum: University

University-affiliated incubators provide clients with access to helpful resources, but they also have unique challenges. Forum participants will discuss topics such as university-incubator relationships, funding sources, faculty involvement and more.
Moderator: Jennifer Simon, Director, Ohio University Innovation Center, Athens, Ohio

Monday, May 17, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

What Is Economic Gardening and How Can It Help Your Incubator Clients?

Economic gardening is emerging as a method for generating sustainable growth in a community, state and region. This entrepreneur-centered strategy accelerates the growth of second-stage companies by providing them with information, infrastructure and connections. Find out how economic gardening can benefit and complement your incubation program.
Pam Butler, CEO, Aegis Business Technologies, Tallahassee, Fla.
Tom O’Neal, Executive Director, University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program, Orlando, Fla.
Steve Quello, President, CEO Nexus, Winter Park, Fla.
Ron Tarro, President and CEO, SDD Systems, Delray Beach, Fla.
Moderator: Lisa Smith, Principal & Vice President of Marketing, ANGLE Technology Group, Charlottesville, Va.

Coworking as an Entrepreneurial Catalyst

A coworking space can support a traditional business incubator by fostering entrepreneurship in the community. This session will explore the basics of starting and managing a coworking space, trends in this practice and examples of successful programs.
Jeremy Neuner, Co-Founder and CEO, NextSpace Coworking + Innovation, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Chris Reddin, Executive Director, Business Incubator Center, Grand Junction, Colo.
Moderator: Linda Hutson Green, President, Dan River Business Development Center, Danville, Va.

The Continuum of Innovation

Learn how to position your incubation program as an economic development engine for your community. The presenters will discuss how a successful technology incubator can feed development of a university research park, build a cluster, and create meaningful job opportunities and a more prosperous community.
Kevin Byrne, Association of University Research Parks Treasurer, Chief Investment Officer, The University Financing Foundation, Atlanta, Ga.
Brian P. Darmody, Association of University Research Parks President, Assistant Vice President for Research & Economic Development, The University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
Moderator: Jim Currie, Association of University Research Parks Board Member, Program Director, BioHio Research Park, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster, Ohio

Serving More Clients Through Traditional and Virtual Models

Find out how one Michigan network serves incubator and SBDC clients by offering business counseling and coaching in both traditional and virtual formats. Topics will include how to allocate resources, identify a client niche, effectively use technology and more.
Harry Blecker, Director, Accelerating Michigan’s Entrepreneurs, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sandra Cochrane, Technology Business Consultant, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Moderator: Michael Clouser, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Is There a Soft Landing in Your Future?

The NBIA Soft Landings International Incubator designation recognizes programs that excel in helping nondomestic companies do business in the incubator’s country. Sixteen incubators from eight countries have earned this designation since the program’s inception in 2005. During this session, representatives from three designees will discuss the Soft Landings program.
Evan Jones, Director, @Wales Digital Media Initiative, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Ann Lansinger, President, Emerging Technology Centers, Baltimore, Md.
Patricia Reeb, Director, Montpellier BIC, Montpellier, France
Moderator: Joel Stevenson Jr., Executive Director, USC/Columbia Technology Incubator, Columbia, S.C.

The Swedish National Incubation Program Model

Innovationsbron AB is a national incubation program supporting 20 incubators throughout Sweden. Since its inception in 2003, the program has provided financing, networking, benchmarking and staff training to the incubators that are involved. The program has proven beneficial to Sweden’s economy through increased jobs and tax revenue.
Mikael Hult, National Coordinator, Innovationsbron AB, Stockholm, Sweden
Therese Sjölundh, Chairman, SiSP – Swedish Incubators & Science Parks, Jönköping, Sweden
Moderator: Manny Cho, Senior Vice President, Program Management, Aon Affinity Business Insurance Solutions, San Francisco, Calif.

A Co-Investment Fund Model for Incubators

Many incubators struggle to find funding for early-stage technology ventures. One solution is to create a fund designed to attract strategic co-investment. Learn how to implement such a model at your program, which can provide more investments to university spin-outs and improve deal flow.
Stephen Hampson, Managing Partner, Powerhouse Ventures, Christchurch, New Zealand
Jim Jaffe, President & CEO, National Association of Seed & Venture Funds, Philadelphia, Pa.
Moderator: Johann S. Wong, CFA, Managing Director, IncubatorWorld, Stamford, Conn.

Forum: Pacific Incubation Network

This forum will bring together incubation professionals from states in the Pacific region. Discussion topics will include the unique challenges and opportunities of operating incubation programs in the region, as well as ideas for NBIA’s 2011 conference, which will be held in San Jose, Calif.
Moderator: Jim Robbins, Partner, Business Cluster Development, Menlo Park, Calif.

Tuesday, May 18, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Tender Loving Care: Handling the “Difficult” Client

Learn how to help clients through tough situations, whether they are dealing with personal matters, non-payments, disagreements or a multitude of other issues. Using real examples, the presenter will explain how to use effective negotiation techniques, and participants will discuss the best possible outcomes.
Mark Long, President, Long Performance Advisors, Greenwood, Ind.

Feasibility Study, Needs Assessment or Business Plan – What’s Next for Your Incubator Project?

This session will help those who are considering starting an incubation program determine the best first steps. Presenters will explain the components of feasibility studies, needs assessments and business plans, and explore how different situations call for different methods.
Carol Lauffer, Partner, Business Cluster Development, Palo Alto, Calif.
Chuck Wolfe, President, Claggett Wolfe Associates, Auburn, Calif.

Turn Your Incubator Into an Entrepreneurial Hub

Find out how to become an entrepreneurial resource center for your region. Presenters will draw from their experiences to explain how to create key partnerships to attract entrepreneurs, better serve clients, create synergies, add revenue streams and improve return on investment to stakeholders.
Bob Cohen, CEO, Braintree Business Development Center, Mansfield, Ohio
Patrick Longo, Director, Hamilton County Business Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Moderator: Stephen Whitt, Executive Director, The Innovation Center, Biloxi, Miss.

Managing an Incubator Within a Science Park

By combining forces, an incubator and a science park can provide seamless support as a company grows. In this joint operation, incubators assist companies during their earliest stages, and then many choose to remain in the science park after graduation from the incubator.
Therese Sjölundh, Chairman, SiSP – Swedish Incubators & Science Parks, Jönköping, Sweden
Moderator: Carol Ann Dykes, Site Manager, UCF Business Incubator @ the Central Florida Research Park, Orlando, Fla.

Business Incubation 2015

This panel of industry leaders will talk about where they believe incubation is heading in the next five years and why. By gaining valuable insights into the future of the industry, you can create forward-thinking strategies for your program to better address the future with stakeholders.
Stephen Hartlen, Vice President of Mentoring, Innovacorp, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
David Monkman, President and CEO, National Business Incubation Association, Athens, Ohio

Roundtable: Securing Support From Public Officials

Join this conversation to find out how one incubation program has successfully forged relationships with its local, state and federal government representatives, creating new opportunities for the program and its clients. Discuss how you can achieve similar results for your incubator.
Please note: While the discussion will be most applicable to a U.S. audience, international perspectives are welcome.
Diane Miller, Assistant Director, Clean & Alternative Energy Incubator, Toledo, Ohio

Forum: International

International collaboration can expand the scope of an incubation program and create new revenue streams. Learn how others have developed new programs and practices that support international companies in local incubators.
Moderator: Terutaka Tansho, Lecturer and Collaboration Manager, Shimane University Collaboration Center, Shimane, Japan

Tuesday, May 18, 10:45 a.m. – noon

Helping Client Companies in Financial Trouble

Learn effective strategies for working with clients who encounter financial difficulties. Presenters will discuss common characteristics of problematic companies, warning signs of trouble ahead, and steps incubator managers can take to help clients develop a plan of action or even consider closing their business.
Jim Greenwood, President, Greenwood Consulting Group, Sanibel Island, Fla.
Booker Schmidt, Executive Director, Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center, Gainesville, Fla.

Incubators That Manage Angel Investor Groups

Should your incubator manage the local angel group? What about conflicts of interest? Liability? Expertise? Different objectives? Three incubator managers who provide services to angel groups will discuss these and other related issues.
Mary Fox, Operations Manager, Colorado Springs Technology Incubator, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Joel Wiggins, CEO & President, Enterprise Center of Johnson County, Lenexa, Kan.
Quinten Messbarger, Vice President, Missouri Innovation Center, Columbia, Mo.

Marketing Your Incubation Program to the Community, Potential Stakeholders and Clients

The Meridian Technology Center for Business Development created three programs that made the incubator more visible to potential stakeholders and clients. Learn how the center’s business networking breakfasts, community business assistance/advisory groups and micro grant program helped it become the entrepreneurial hub in its community.
Ron Duggins, Director, Meridian Technology Center for Business Development, Stillwater, Okla.
Brad Rickelman, Assistant Director, Meridian Technology Center for Business Development, Stillwater, Okla.
Moderator: Gary Evans, CEO, ANGLE Technology Group, Charlottesville, Va.

Engaging Local Universities: A Case Study of the TECH Fort Worth Breakthrough Program

Independent incubators can engage their local universities by offering programs that involve technology transfer offices, entrepreneurship programs, law students, research faculty and graduate students. The presenters will share advice and tips for implementing programs that offer collaboration opportunities with universities.
Darlene Ryan, Executive Director, TECH Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Wendy Kennedy, President, wendykennedy.com, Ottawa, Canada
Moderator: David Lohr, Executive Director, Virginia Biosciences Development Center & Dominion Resources GreenTech Incubator, Richmond, Va.

Building and Operating a Network of Incubators in Rural Areas

In rural areas, building a network of incubators allows program staff to share resources and provide support across a broad geographic region. The presenters will discuss obstacles they’ve encountered, address the importance of purpose-centered and market-driven programs, and provide implementation tools and techniques to successfully develop and operate regional programs.
Rick Roeser, Business Development Specialist, Wisconsin Business Innovation Corp., Spooner, Wis.
David Terry, Executive Director, West Texas A&M University Enterprise Network, Amarillo, Texas
Moderator: Philip McMullan, Program Manager, Business Incubation, Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville, Tenn.

Growing Your Incubator Through Peer-to-Peer Networks

The Advanced Technology Development Center relies on virtual programs, which provide peer-based social networks and volunteer advisors to grow businesses that require less capital and operating resources. Learn about online programs that help incubator managers recruit volunteer advisors, establish peer networks and build partnerships in local areas.
Charles Ross, Assistant Director - Growth Initiatives, Advanced Technology Development Center, Atlanta, Ga.
Moderator: Sandra Cochrane, Technology Business Consultant, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Roundtable: Communicating Effectively With Clients

This interactive session will help new incubation personnel brush up on their communication skills and get tips for better interactions with clients. The presenters will share ideas and practices based on their experiences, and then participants will discuss how to improve communication with clients.
Tony Tadasa, Director, Tyler Area Business Incubator, Tyler, Texas
Terutaka Tansho, Lecturer and Collaboration Manager, Shimane University Collaboration Center, Shimane, Japan

Forum: Bioscience

Meet other bioscience incubation professionals and share ideas. Possible discussion topics include designs for shared lab space, tips for managing energy costs and innovative budgeting ideas.
Moderator: Melinda Richter, CEO/Executive Director, Prescience International/San Jose BioCenter, San Francisco, Calif.

Tuesday, May 18, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Preparing Client Companies to Pitch to Investors

Companies often get only one chance with an investor, so making a good first impression is critical. Presenters will provide a template for creating effective investor pitches and explain the most common mistakes you should help client companies avoid.
Jim Bowie, Former Director, Columbus Regional Technology Incubator, Columbus, Ga.
Sandra Cochrane, Technology Business Consultant, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Moderator: Jeff Milanette, President, Innovative Partners, Westfield, N.J.

The Importance of IP to Small High-Tech Businesses

The presenter will discuss common IP assets, such as patents, trademarks and trade secrets, as well as their growing importance in the 21st century economy. Find out how to help entrepreneurs manage and protect their IP assets to avoid costly problems.
Raymond Millien, CEO, PCT Capital, Washington, D.C.
Moderator: Jeremy Spier, Registered Patent Attorney, Smith & Hopen P.A. U.S. Patent Attorneys, Tampa, Fla.

Business Incubation in Asia

This internationally focused session will examine the current state of business incubation in Asia. Learn global perspectives and discuss issues surrounding incubators all over the world. An analysis of different models of incubation will allow for educational and beneficial comparisons.
Hongbo Jiang, Secretary General, Dalian Business Incubation Association, Dalian, China.
Terutaka Tansho, Lecturer and Collaboration Manager, Shimane University Collaboration Center, Shimane, Japan
Moderator: Dar Schwanbeck, Managing Director, Northern Alberta Business Incubator Society, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

How to Raise Millions of Dollars for Your Incubator

Find out how to run a successful capital campaign to build, expand or operate an incubator. The presenter will cover the five common denominators that all incubators must employ to be successful in fundraising. Learn how to develop inexpensive marketing materials, present a specific opportunity to investors and more.
Charles Stein, President, Strategic Development Services, Powell, Ohio

Incubating Innovation Clusters: How to Create New Businesses and Jobs in Targeted Industries

Find out how to create an industry cluster within an existing incubation program or start a successful sector-focused incubator that will achieve economic development goals and diversify your local economy. Presenters will explain a proven sector-focused model and outline best practices using case studies.
Carol Lauffer, Partner, Business Cluster Development, Menlo Park, Calif.
Jim Robbins, Partner, Business Cluster Development, Menlo Park, Calif.

University Incubators – The “How To”

This session will address the “how to” questions about starting, operating and growing a university incubation program. Presenters will discuss problems and pitfalls, commercialization opportunities for university research, funding mechanisms and client services, as well as techniques to keep stakeholders informed.
Tom O’Neal, Executive Director, University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program, Orlando, Fla.
Joel Stevenson Jr., Executive Director, USC/Columbia Technology Incubator, Columbia, S.C.
Moderator: Charles Dilks, President, Dilks Consulting, Philadelphia, Penn.

Roundtable: The Economic Opportunity of Women’s Enterprises

This interactive session focuses on women’s enterprise programs, emphasizing a global perspective. Share best practices and discuss topics such as targeted marketing, networking and positioning women's enterprise activity within the wider business incubation arena.
Julie Kapsalis, Director of Business Programs, SEEDA, Surrey, United Kingdom
Julie Lenzer Kirk, CEO, Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Damascus, Md.

Forum: Rural

Incubators in rural areas are faced with unique challenges, including limited resources and small entrepreneurial pools. Join this forum to learn more about rural issues and brainstorm possible solutions.
Moderator: Rick Roeser, Business Development Specialist, Wisconsin Business Innovation Corp., Spooner, Wis.

Wednesday, May 19, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Novel Funding Sources for Incubator Construction and Equipment

Explore how incubators can use federal programs such as New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits and others to fund construction projects and equipment. The presenters also will discuss other incubator funding sources, including naming rights and sponsorships.
Richard Burdine, CEO, Development Corporation of Abilene, Abilene, Texas
Stephanie Dugan, Director, Midwest Region, National Development Council, McKinney, Texas
Moderator: Julie Gustafson, President and CEO, Amoskeag Business Incubator, Manchester, N.H.

Business Incubation in the Community College Setting

Discover a model to create a business incubator within a community college. Participants will learn how to start a mixed-use, student or industry-specific incubator on campus. The presenter will demonstrate how to find suitable businesses for your community college incubator.
Timothy R. Mittan, Director, Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center, Lincoln, Neb.
Moderator: Russ Yelton, President & CEO, Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies, Flagstaff, Ariz.

High-Impact Training for Business Incubators

An essential part of the incubation process is providing high-value and high-impact training for your entrepreneurs. A panel of experienced incubation professionals will present examples of training programs that can have a positive effect on your client companies.
Megan Reichert-Kral, Director of Incubation, Clean & Alternative Energy Incubator, Toledo, Ohio
Chris Reddin, Executive Director, Business Incubator Center, Grand Junction, Colo.
Jasper Welch, Director, San Juan College Enterprise Center, Farmington, N.M.

Expanding Service Offerings to Clients

Find out how to provide small businesses with key support services such as help with small business loans, business plan assistance, coaching and mentoring. Presenters will share proven tools and techniques for working with clients from a successful program.
Sheu-Jane Gallagher, Manager of TechTown Mentors, TechTown, Detroit, Mich.
Ebony Johnson, Senior SmartStart Support Leader, TechTown, Detroit, Mich.
Rene Kelly, FastTrac Program Manager, TechTown, Detroit, Mich.
Jaison Raju, SmartStart Training Manager, TechTown, Detroit, Mich.

Managing Your Staff’s Development

Two experienced incubator managers will share initiatives they’ve used to motivate staff to provide better service to entrepreneurs, work together effectively, and share knowledge and experiences with one another. This session will include a section about encouraging career development and providing incentives to your incubator employees.
Karl LaPan, President & CEO, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Remound Wright, Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Moderator: David Terry, Executive Director, West Texas A&M University Enterprise Network, Amarillo, Texas

Roundtable: Facilities Management

Managing the facility is an important part of incubator management that should not be overlooked. This roundtable discussion, led by an experienced former incubator manager, will focus on overseeing the incubator facility, including contracting for utilities, allocating space, writing and enforcing lease agreements, and controlling costs.
Robert Calcaterra, President & CEO, Calcaterra & Associates, St. Louis, Mo.

Forum: Food/Agriculture/Kitchen

Gather with other managers from specialty food incubators to exchange ideas about forging partnerships with universities, regulatory agencies, local governments, farmers markets and marketing co-ops.
Moderator: Lou Cooperhouse, Director, Rutgers University Food Innovation Center, Bridgeton, N.J.

Wednesday, May 19, 10:45 a.m. – noon

Incubation in Remote Areas

With limited access to business resources and capital, entrepreneurs in rural areas sometimes struggle to create successful businesses. This session will highlight ways to help rural business owners access capital and develop growing enterprises.
David Williamson, Business Incubation Program Manager, Darebin Enterprise Center, Alphington, Victoria, Australia
Brenda Wyland, Incubator Manager, Center for Technology Enterprise, Fargo, N.D.
Moderator: David Hughes, Business Development Analyst, Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, D.C.

The Preincorporated Business Incubation Model at the University of Dundee

The University of Dundee has a strong track record of technology commercialization, including the creation of spin-out companies based on the university's intellectual property. The presenters will share their incubation model and their experiences to help others learn how to develop and implement a similar program.
John Mackenzie, Company Development Manager, University of Dundee, Research & Innovation Services, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Alister Minty, Managing Director, Frontier IP Ltd, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Moderator: Agnès Flémal, Director General, Wallonia Space Logistics – Business Accelerator, Liege, Belgi

Turning Virtual Incubation Into Reality – A Technical Incubator Model

What happens when an incubation program starts as a virtual program and later adds a facility? Bio Innovation South Australia started as a virtual bioscience incubator, built a pipeline of clients and then built a physical space. The outcome? The incubator has been full since it opened in June 2008.
Ann Nelson, Director, Bio Innovation SA, Adelaide, Australia
Moderator: Johann S. Wong, CFA, Managing Director, IncubatorWorld, Stamford, Conn.

Business Incubation in the United Kingdom

This session will explore the challenges and opportunities faced by business incubators in the United Kingdom. The chief executive of UK Business Incubation will share his perspective, and a representative from a program in Northern Ireland will speak about incubation in a unique political climate.
Peter Harman, Chief Executive, UK Business Incubation, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Ken Nelson, CEO, Larne Enterprise Development Co., Larne, United Kingdom
Moderator: DeAnna Adams, Director, Casper Area Innovation Center, Casper, Wyo.

Facilitating Development of Transatlantic Start-Ups

Learn about programs to help U.S.start-ups access French markets, technologies and financial support, as well as French start-ups that have expanded into the U.S.through incubators and cluster partnerships.This global ecosystem helps entrepreneurs cope with cultural differences, partner with local and national networks, and accelerate their implementationand business development.
Nelly Barbault, Director – IT Soft Landing Program,Paris Development, Paris, France
Catherine Pommier, Companies Development, Montpellier Agglomeration BIC, Montpellier, France
Géraldine Quetin, Young Entrepreneurs Initiative Manager, French Embassy, Boston, Mass.

Roundtable: Entrepreneurship Lessons From Latin America

Learn how to build an entrepreneur support system through the efforts of incubators, accelerators and other organizations. Presenters from two Latin American incubators will share lessons learned discovered through years of working with entrepreneurs. This session also will include incubator performance indicators and benchmarking information.
Rafael Garcia, Incubator Manager, Ingenio-Incubadora de Empresas, Montevideo, Uruguay
Diego Orozco, Manager, Parque del Emprendimiento Incubator, Medellin, Colombia

Forum: Pharmaceutical

Incubator managers who assist pharmaceutical companies seeking FDA approval have to deal with specific issues. Participants will discuss ways to help companies obtain FDA approval, milestones in the learning process and lessons learned.
Moderator: David Lohr, Executive Director, Virginia Biosciences Development Center & Dominion Resources GreenTech Incubator, Richmond, Va.