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 2012 conference will offer something for everyone.

Visit www.nbia.org/schedule to get the complete, customizable conference schedule. 

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 7, 9 – 10:15 a.m.

Funding From the EDA: Hints and Tips for a Successful Application

The Economic Development Administration can be a tremendous financial resource for U.S. incubators, but submitting effective applications and knowing how to best convey your need for funding can be a challenge. During this session, seasoned professionals will give you insight on completing EDA grant applications.
Bruce Reynolds, Economic Development and Transportation Coordinator, Stone-Adams Financial Partners, Jackson, Miss.
Nick Walters, Principal, Stone-Adams Financial Partners, Jackson, Miss.
Moderator: Adrian Wallace, Program Director, SEED Center & Director, Lake Charles North Redevelopment Authority, Lake Charles, La.

Coaching 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: Doug Lee, Managing Director, WESST Enterprise Center, Albuquerque, N.M.

Soft Landings: Two Global Perspectives

As "born global" becomes an increasingly common approach to start-up formation, find out how NBIA and the European Business Network have each developed unique approaches to supporting international businesses. Learn how you can participate in a growing network of incubators offering specialized services to international firms.
Tracy Kitts, Acting CEO, National Business Incubation Association, Athens, Ohio
Robert Sanders
, Head of International Projects, European Business & Innovation Centre Network, Brussels, Belgium
Moderator: David Hughes, Incubation Program Manager, Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, D.C.

Corporate Players That Are Innovating Through Incubation

Corporations are turning to business incubation in an effort to stay on the cutting edge of innovation initiatives. Learn about the incubation models they are developing and find out what this trend means for the next generation of incubators.
Melinda Richter, CEO, Prescience International, San Francisco, Calif.

Building a Successful University-Based Incubation Program

Learn how to navigate the unique challenges university incubators face and ensure the success of your program. Presenters will address appropriate client evaluation criteria, good management structure, effective operating policies and procedures, and useful assessment metrics.
Travis Brown, Executive Director, USFP Office of Experiential & Applied Learning and Blue Sky Incubator, Lakeland, Fla.
Mark Long, President, Long Performance Advisors, Ellettsville, Ind.
Moderator: Charles Stein, President, Strategic Development Services, Columbus, Ohio

Leveraging Regional Partnerships

Collaboration between service providers, educational institutions, government agencies and incubators/accelerators is critical for creating a regional environment that fosters growth and development. Find out how partnerships between technology-based organizations in one Midwestern city have increased their success, and learn how to apply the strategies in your region.
Sandra Cochrane, Technology Business Consultant, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Lori Emerson, Business Accelerator Manager, SPARK Central Business Incubator, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Megan Reichert-Kral, Manager
, Venture Accelerator, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Moderator: Julie Gustafson, Executive Director, Macomb-OU INCubator, Sterling Heights, Mich.

Roundtable: Helping Entrepreneurs Have a "Sales" Mindset

Entrepreneurs often believe sales will happen automatically rather than actively planning for their growth from the start. Learn how to help clients create and give compelling value propositions, capture and use key metrics, and understand and manage their sales cycle.
Moderator: Amy Keuper, VP of Sales & Operations, Initial Call, Norman, Okla.

Forum: New Managers

If you’re new to the job of managing an incubator, take this opportunity to gather with others in similar positions to share experiences and ideas. Join this forum to ask all the questions you’ve wanted to ask since you became an incubator manager. 
Moderator: DeAnna Adams, Director, Casper Area Business Innovation Center, Casper, Wyo.

Monday, May 7, 10:45 a.m. – Noon

Understanding Seed Accelerators and Their Potential Impact on Incubation

This panel will highlight recent research on seed accelerators and feature descriptions of several for-profit accelerator programs. Presenters will explore the differences between accelerators and incubators and discuss how incubators might leverage accelerator programs to strengthen client offerings and increase revenue.
Dinah Adkins, President Emerita, National Business Incubation Association, Portland, Ore.
Karl LaPan, President and CEO, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Rachel Barge, Partner, Greenstart Accelerator, San Francisco, Calif.
Moderator: Jim Robbins, Partner, Business Cluster Development, Menlo Park, Calif.

Ten Tips for Mobilizing Angel Capital

Many incubation programs foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem that includes access to early-stage or angel capital. This panel will offer practical tips on strengthening that environment to better attract, retain and connect early-stage capital to incubator companies.
John May, Managing Partner, New Vantage Group, Vienna, Va.
Jill McClune, President, Harford Business Innovation Center; Co-Chair, Harford County Maryland Economic Development Advisory Board, Bel Air, Md.
Robbie Melton, Director of Entrepreneurial Innovation, Maryland TEDCO, Columbia, Md.
Lisa Smith, President, North Star Innovation Partners, Point of Rocks, Md.

The Ups and Downs of Anchor Tenants

Anchor tenants can make an incubator more financially viable and provide mentoring and supplier opportunities. But they also can affect a program's culture and burden some incubator resources –— while potentially relieving others. This session will advise current and prospective managers on handling anchor tenants.
Jim Currie, ATECH Program Director, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, Wooster, Ohio
Jim Greenwood, President, Greenwood Consulting Group, Sanibel, Fla.

Moderator: Tim Mittan, Entrepreneurship Center Director, Southeast Community College, Lincoln, Neb.

Regional Incubation: 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. Presenters will discuss potential obstacles, address the importance of purpose-centered and market-driven programs, and provide implementation tools and techniques to successfully develop and operate regional programs.
Jeff Reid, Incubator Director, West Texas A&M University Enterprise Center, Amarillo, Texas
Rick Roeser, Business Development Specialist, Wisconsin Business Innovation Corp., Spooner, Wis.
Moderator: Fred Green, Director, Red River Region Business Incubator, Paris, Texas

Sustainable International Incubation in a Post-Industrial City

With a population of 250,000, Rotherham, United Kingdom, plays host to four dynamic, self-sustaining, internationally oriented business incubation centers. Learn how these programs reached sustainability and have turned a post-industrial English city into a hub of international economic activity.
Amanda Parris, Business Centres and Soft Landing Zone Project Manager, Rotherham Investment and Development Office, Rotherham, United Kingdom
Paul Woodcock, Director of Planning, Regeneration & Culture, Environment and Development Services, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Rotherham, United Kingdom

Moderator: Barbara Harley, Director, Harley Consulting Group & Vice President, SPICE (Science Park and Innovation Center Expert Group), Palo Alto, Calif.

The Ins and Outs of Running a Successful Incubator Loan Program

In this session, participants will learn about the practical aspects of lending to early-stage companies. Topics will include securing loan funds, staffing, operating budgets, evaluating and structuring deals, pre- and post-loan assistance, and dealing with problem loans and program risks.
Devon Laney, COO and VP for Client Services, Innovation Depot, Birmingham, Ala.
Chuck Wolfe, President, Claggett Wolfe Associates, Auburn, Calif.
Moderator: Darrin Dixon, Director, Southern University at Shreveport Business and Community Development Center, Shreveport, La.

Roundtable: Understanding the New L3C Business Entity

A low-profit limited liability company is a business structure available in some U.S. states that facilitates investments in socially beneficial, for-profit ventures. This session will explore the L3C structure and discuss how small business clients and incubation programs might use it.
Moderator: Sandra Cochrane, Technology Business Consultant, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, Kalamazoo, Mich.

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: Charles D'Agostino, Executive Director, Louisiana Business & Technology Center and Louisiana State University Innovation Park, Baton Rouge, La.

Monday, May 7, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Weaving Your Programs Into a Meaningful Portfolio

Many incubators have outstanding programs, but they don't present a meaningful package to potential sponsors. Find out how to manage programs to enable your incubator to optimize outreach efforts and sponsor relationships while adding value to the clients it is committed to helping.
Darlene Ryan, Executive Director, TECH Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Brent Sorrells, Operations Manager, TECH Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Sarah Zink, Director of Business Development, TECH Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas

Show Me the Money

The presenters will address practical financial issues they see as lawyers representing entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies, as well as financial needs that incubators cope with. Learn practical tips for raising funds for emerging growth companies and incubators in today's financial environment.
Joe Bird, Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Birmingham, Ala.
James Childs, Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Birmingham, Ala.
Moderator: Stephanie Ardrey, President, ArdreyGroup, Irvine, Calif.

USDA and Rural Incubators: Funding for You and Your Clients

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development offers grants, loans and loan guarantees to increase opportunities for entrepreneurship and quality of life in areas with fewer than 50,000 people. Learn how these funds can benefit incubators and clients and discover the keys to securing them.
Nick Walters, Principal, Stone-Adams Financial Partners, Jackson, Miss.
Moderator: Russ Yelton, President & CEO, Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Flagstaff, Ariz.

How an Entrepreneur's Personal Characteristics Can Be Used to Build a Viable Company

Incubator professionals will share their experiences with screening potential clients using a self-evaluation test to understand their personal characteristics. Find out how this process can strengthen your program and help create high-potential, viable start-ups.
Anders Dellson, CEO, Teknopol AB, Lund, Sweden
Marianne Larsson, Director of Innovation, Mobile Heights Business Center, Teknopol AB, Lund, Sweden
Moderator: Chris Moultrup, Program Director, MidMichigan Innovation Center & Director, Bluewater Angels Investment Network, Midland, Mich.

Collect Impact Data to Secure Funding and Clients

Do you know your incubation program's impact on your local economy? Learn what metrics funders and supporters want to see and how to best present that information. Also, get tips on how to collect data from clients and graduates most effectively.
Tracy Kitts, Acting CEO, National Business Incubation Association, Athens, Ohio
Rick Roeser, Business Development Specialist, Wisconsin Business Innovation Corp., Spooner, Wis.
Moderator: Leslie Lynn Smith, President & CEO, TechTown, Detroit, Mich.

The Art of Sustainable Social Enterprise Development

Effective business incubation in the social economy requires focus on both business and social development. The way these areas interrelate presents challenges and opportunities. Presenters will explore how to manage polarity and change to effectively incubate small businesses in the social economy.
Adriana de Beer, Business Analyst, Sasol ChemCity, Sasolburg, South Africa
Ann Filgate, HR Manager, Sasol Technology, Rosebank, South Africa
Moderator: LaVerne Cox, Project Coordinator, Insight Global & Principal, L'Visioneer, Atlanta, Ga.

Roundtable: Jump-Starting Your Starting a Business Program

This session describes how to offer a basic entrepreneurial training program in your community that is easy to prepare and informative for attendees. During this discussion, presenters will review a class outline and discuss the key topics for prospective entrepreneurs.
Moderator: Brad Rickelman, Assistant Director, Meridian Technology Center for Business Development, Stillwater, Okla.
Moderator: Michael Donahue, Vice President Incubation, Toronto Business Development Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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: Kimberley Gilyard Davenport, Incubator Program Manager, Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Tuesday, May 8, 9 – 10:15 a.m.

Methods and Value of Building a Diverse Entrepreneurial Pipeline

This session will focus on ways to attract a specific demographic of entrepreneurs, particularly women. The presenters will use a case study to explore the economic impact of women entrepreneurs and demonstrate a proven model that attracts a new pipeline of entrepreneurs and produces economic wealth.
Julie Lenzer Kirk, CEO, Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Damascus, Md.
Kapila Viges, Principal, Mithra Ventures, Lansing, Mich.
Moderator: DeAnna Adams, Director, Casper Area Business Innovation Center, Casper, Wyo.

Incubating Nonprofit Clients

Nonprofits provide important social services as governments downsize. These groups often have similar issues and needs as for-profits and can benefit from incubator assistance. Presenters will explain the unique needs of nonprofits, how incubators can help them and what one program has done to cater to nonprofit organizations.
Susan Duggins, Executive Director, Northeast Louisiana Business and Community Development Center, Monroe, La.
Jim Greenwood, President, Greenwood Consulting Group, Sanibel, Fla.
Moderator: Jason Chernock, Project Manager, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, Atlanta, Ga.

Leveraging University Partnerships

Learn about an innovation ecosystem designed to help commercialize research discoveries and develop products in emerging technology companies. The speakers will highlight success stories, including several winners of NBIA's Outstanding Incubator Client Award, and explain techniques you can apply within your program.
Dean Chang, Director, Mtech Ventures and TAP, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
Martha Connolly, Director, Maryland Industrial Partnerships, Mtech, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
Neil Davis, VP of Operations, Emerging Technology Centers, Baltimore, Md.

Innovative Client Funding Techniques

This session will identify and explain some of the most interesting and innovative client funding methods being employed in the United States and overseas. Topics will include crowdsourcing, microlending, venture capital competitions, evergreen funds and more.
Jeff Milanette, President, Innovative Partners Incubation, Westfield, N.J.
Ingrid Rosten, Executive Director, CleanStart, Sacramento, Calif.
Leon Lourens, CEO, Business Systems 2000, Centurion, South Africa
Moderator: Jim Jaffe, President and CEO, National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, Philadelphia, Pa.

Accelerating the Commercialization and Economic Impact of Life Sciences

Get a better understanding of the life science industry and how to structure a successful life science incubation program. Learn key trends that could affect the industry, and discover how to identify, price and deliver value-added services for your biotech clients.
Melinda Richter, CEO, Prescience International, San Francisco, Calif.
Moderator: Jim Bowie, Site Manager, University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program, Orlando, Fla.

Creating a Regional Food Incubation System

Food incubation programs have high operating costs and unique challenges, including managing a shared kitchen, maintaining funding, understanding regulatory challenges, connecting entrepreneurs to markets and more. Find out how one program dealt with those challenges and how you can apply their lessons learned to your program.
Tony Gallegos, Executive Director, South Valley Economic Development Center, Albuquerque, N.M.
Tim Nisly, Chief Operating Officer, Rio Grande Community Development Corp., Albuquerque, N.M.
Moderator: Lee Smithson, Managing Director, Stiller Centre, London, Ontario, Canada

Pre-Incubation Programs: Preparing Pre-Venture Entrepreneurs

Pre-incubation programs can be vehicles to prepare and assess pre-venture, "idea-stage" entrepreneurs to help them fully leverage incubation services. Using examples from three pre-incubation programs, presenters will discuss how to prepare pre-venture entrepreneurs, assess entrepreneurial readiness and accelerate entrepreneurial development.
Riley Nadoroznick, Manager, Venture Runways – Springboard West Innovations, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
David Terry, Executive Director, West Texas A&M University Enterprise Network, Amarillo, Texas
Dar Schwanbeck, Managing Director, Northern Alberta Business Incubator, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
Moderator: Wendy Kennedy, CEO and Founder, WKI, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Forum: Rural

Incubators in rural areas face special challenges, including limited resources and small entrepreneurial pools. Join this forum to learn more about rural issues and brainstorm possible solutions.
Moderator: Tony Tadasa, Director, Tyler Area Business Incubator, Tyler, Texas

Tuesday, May 8, 10:45 a.m. – Noon

Running a Niche Incubation Program

What does it take to operate a wine incubator? How about a cybersecurity incubator? Get ideas and advice from professionals who know first-hand about the unique challenges and advantages of operating a highly specialized incubation program.
Ellen Hemmerly, Executive Director, bwtech@UMBC, Baltimore, Md.
Chris Lake, Director, Southern Oregon Wine Institute, Roseburg, Ore.
Moderator: Greg Bean, CEO & Founder, Cybergroup – developer of incuTrack, Baltimore, Md.

A Dialogue on Legal Issues in Incubation Management

Successful incubator managers understand potential legal challenges they face and create strategies to limit risks and ensure compliance with laws. Hear a panel of experienced managers discuss how they have handled certain legal issues over the years – and bring questions to participate in the conversation.
Sandra Cochrane, Technology Business Consultant, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Mark Long, President, Long Performance Advisors, Ellettsville, Ind.
Terry Howerton, Partner, TechNexus, Chicago, Ill.
Moderator: John Hanak, Statewide Director, Purdue Technology Centers, Indianapolis, Ind.

Developing a Robust Ecosystem to Support Technology Acceleration

Find out how developing a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem can increase technology commercialization success. Presenters will explain how they developed and leveraged the four critical elements technology ventures need to succeed: talent, technology that can be commercialized, access to early-stage capital and a supportive ecosystem.
Wesley Huffstutter, Catalyst Resource Network/Student Entrepreneurship Manager, Office of Technology Transfer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Megan Reichert-Kral, Manager, Venture Accelerator, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Moderator: Lawrence Molnar, Director, Center for Business Acceleration and Incubation Studies & Associate Director, Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Path to Sustainability

Learn how to achieve financial sustainability by developing multiple revenue streams and creating innovative programs that attract new clients and revenue. Incubator professionals with proven experience in creating and managing sustainable incubation programs will share best practices, examples and strategies for success.
Carol Lauffer, Partner, Business Cluster Development, Menlo Park, Calif.
Marla Michel, Director, Scibelli Enterprise Center, Springfield, Mass.
Jim Robbins, Partner, Business Cluster Development, Menlo Park, Calif.

How Incubators Can Support Small Businesses in Developing Economies

Small businesses in developing economies invariably lack the skills, resources and competitive advantage necessary to gain meaningful access to markets. The presenter will explore the role incubators can play in assisting small businesses from disadvantaged backgrounds to bridge these gaps and become sustainable.
Mark Frankel, CEO, Shanduka Black Umbrellas, Cape Town, South Africa
Moderator: Cheryll Stewart, Manager, Entrepreneurial Skills Development Unit, HEART Trust National Training Agency, Kingston, Jamaica

Qualitative Metrics: Two National Perspectives

Qualitative metrics can help assure policymakers that the money they've allocated to incubators is being well-spent. Find out what industry leaders are doing to report results in Sweden, New Zealand and Japan, and discuss how to use qualitative assessments to leverage stakeholder support and attract funding.
Anders Nilsson, Program Manager, Business Incubation Growth for Sweden, Innovationsbron AB, Stockholm, Sweden
Terutaka Tansho, Collaboration Manager, Shimane University Collaboration Center, Matsue-shi, Shimane, Japan

The Use of Incubation and Service Models to Advance Business

The state of Ohio features several dynamic, creative and innovative regional programs that leverage multiple institutions, support systems and funders. Learn how these programs work from a state and local perspective and get specific tools to use in your own location.
Bob Leach, Director of Operations, Braintree Center for Business Innovation, Mansfield, Ohio
Greg Pugh, Senior Director of Venture Acceleration, TechColumbus, Columbus, Ohio

Moderator: Tom Strodtbeck, Director of Events and International Programs, National Business Incubation Association, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Forum: Food/Kitchen

If you manage a kitchen or food-related incubator – or if you are interested in starting one – don't miss this chance to discuss the opportunities and challenges of this type of program. Topics could include working with regulatory agencies, creating marketing co-ops and more.
Moderator: Tony Gallegos, Executive Director, South Valley Economic Development Center, Albuquerque, N.M.
Tim Nisly, Chief Operating Officer, Rio Grande Community Development Corp., Albuquerque, N.M.

Tuesday, May 8, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Designing and Commissioning a High-Performance Incubator

This session will use a case study to explain how incubator managers and stakeholders can partner with design professionals to develop an incubator with low energy costs and high environmental performance. Presenters will describe the processes they used and how the project ended under budget.
Aaron Miscenich, President, New Orleans BioInnovation Center, New Orleans, La.
Eric Myracle, Associate Partner, Newcomb & Boyd, Atlanta, Ga.
Mark Ripple, Principal, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, New Orleans, La.
Stephen Wiggins, Associate Partner, Newcomb & Boyd, Atlanta, Ga.

Tying It All Together – Why Marketing Your Incubator Is a 24/7 Project

New (and existing) incubation programs can benefit from a marketing plan that integrates their Web site, social networking efforts, publications and other activities designed to convey information and create awareness. Learn strategies for managing the ongoing work of developing a consistent brand and message.
Jeff Milanette, Executive Director, PortTechLA, San Pedro, Calif.
Ann Lee Carpenter, Owner, S'Pacific Image, San Pedro, Calif.
Moderator: Ted Baker, Executive Director, Innovation Connector, Muncie, Ind.

Small Bucks, Big Ideas: Key (Money) Essentials for Incubator Sustainability

Your business incubator is up and running. Now what? How do you run an effective incubator and attract stakeholders when you have a tight operating budget? Learn innovative strategies from the winners of the prestigious 2011 Marketing Canada Awards in Economic Development.
John Regan, General Manager, Elgin Business Resource Centre, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Moderator: Carol Ann Dykes, Site Manager, UCF Business Incubator-Central Florida Research Park, Orland, Fla. 

How to Raise Millions of Dollars for Your Incubator – Even in a Tough Economy

This presenter has raised over $30 million to fund incubator buildings and operations. Learn the fundamental steps to prepare for a successful fundraising campaign and the groundwork that must precede a funding initiative. Sample marketing materials will be available.
Charles Stein, President, Strategic Development Services, Columbus, Ohio

Coaching Clients to Give Effective Presentations

An entrepreneur's success in securing loans, grants or investment capital is often based on the strength of his or her presentation skills. Learn tips and techniques that will help you help your clients become more effective presenters.
Bob Cohen, CEO, Braintree Business Development Center, Mansfield, Ohio
David Crain, Director, Incubator at MAGNET, Cleveland, Ohio
Moderator: Megan Reichert-Kral, Manager, Venture Accelerator, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Lessons From the Venture Lab

Learn about the success of VentureLab, Georgia Tech's center for technology commercialization, which has an innovative approach that has resulted in many diverse successful start-ups. Find out how this program leverages multiple assets to support successful start-ups and how you can apply their best practices.
Keith McGreggor, Director, Georgia Tech VentureLab, Atlanta, Ga.
Moderator: Lisa Smith, President, North Star Innovation Partners, Point of Rocks, Md.

How to Inspire Entrepreneurship in University Students

Successful commercialization of an idea, service or product requires different strengths from those that lead to academic achievement. Learn incubation techniques that can encourage the commercialization of academic intellectual property, which can lead to new ventures capable of generating new research opportunities.
Stephen Hampson, CEO, Powerhouse Ventures, Christchurch, New Zealand
Chris Kirk, Director, Strategic Projects, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Moderator: Adriana de Beer, Business Analyst, Sasol ChemCity, Sasolburg, South Africa 

Forum: Incubation in Latin America

NBIA will bring together participants from Latin America for a special roundtable discussion. This session will focus on issues and challenges facing Latin American incubator managers today.
Moderator: Ana Greif, International Programs Development Officer, National Business Incubation Association, Tucson, Ariz.

Wednesday, May 9, 9 – 10:15 a.m.

Tips for Incubation Program Developers

If you're new to business incubation and want to learn best practices, basic formats for program development and what to do for initial policies and procedures, this session is for you. The presenter will provide sample policies, outline program development ideas and explain various models of incubation.
Mark Long, President, Long Performance Advisors, Ellettsville, Ind.
Moderator: Shelley Hessian, Manager Incubation & Entrepreneur Programs, Innovacorp, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Raising and Managing a Student Venture Capital Fund

This session will explore how to help university students develop risk capital investment knowledge by organizing student venture funds, which act as experiential learning vehicles. Topics will include fund business models, structures, management, fundraising, outcomes, controversies and challenges.
Michael Clouser, Academic Entrepreneur, Office of Research and Commercialization, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
Moderator: Tom O'Neal, Director, UCF Business Incubation Program, Orlando, Fla.

A Model of Incubator Effectiveness

This session will describe a statistically validated model of incubator effectiveness. Incubator managers can learn how to allocate resources more effectively, improve screening processes and implement procedures to help achieve better client and incubator outcomes.
Alan Lish, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
Moderator: Linda Knopp, Director of Policy Analysis & Research, National Business Incubation Association, Athens, Ohio

Raising Funds for Incubation Programs in Developing Countries

Budget cuts are a common occurrence in developing countries. See how one Africa-based program deals with this reality. Plus, discover techniques for convincing governments to fund business incubation programs and for mobilizing resources from donor partners.
Fredrick Ampiah, Partnership Analyst, Ghana Multimedia Incubator Center, Accra, Ghana
Solomon Dartey, Incubator Manager, Ghana Multimedia Incubator Center, Accra, Ghana
Moderator: Lorna Shaw Lennox, Start-Up Company Specialist, Industry Liaison Office, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Leading Tools to Help Clients Plan and Fund Their Business

Incubator managers need to be well-versed in the latest tools to help entrepreneurs with business planning and funding. Discover software tools and related techniques you can offer to help clients effectively and affordably meet common start-up business needs.
Judd Hollas, President and CEO, EquityNet, Fayetteville, Ark.
Moderator: Ed Rieker, CEO, 151 Locust, Avondale Estates, Ga.

High School Entrepreneurs: Untapped Innovators

Find out how to tap into the potential of high school student entrepreneurs through the experiences of a nationally recognized, profession-based program that is revolutionizing education. The presenters will describe their program and discuss how the model is replicable, even in tough economic times.
Scott Kreshel, Project Manager, Center for the Advanced Professional Studies Accelerator, Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, Kan.
Jon Newcomb, Manager, Business Development, Center for Advanced Professional Studies, Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, Kan.

Chad Ralston, Director, Center for Advanced Professional Studies, Overland Park, Kan.

Accelerated Entrepreneurial Training Programs

Presenters will outline demonstrated processes for training hundreds of entrepreneurs each year, producing up to 10 globally oriented, innovation-driven start-ups each quarter. Learn the steps involved, including issuing a public call for participants, selecting entrepreneurs, designing the program, securing funding and more.
Manuel Lorenzo, Director, Panama Business Accelerator, Panama City, Panama
Jorge Zavala, CEO, TechBA, San Jose, Calif.
Moderator: Wendy Kennedy, CEO and Founder, WKI, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Forum: Mixed-Use Incubators

Managing a mixed-use incubation program involves working with a wide range of companies, from high-tech start-ups to traditional manufacturing firms. Participants will share the lessons they've learned in managing mixed-use programs and explore the benefits and challenges of this type of incubation.
Moderator: Doug Lee, Managing Director, WESST Enterprise Center, Albuquerque, N.M.

Wednesday, May 9, 10:45 a.m. – Noon

The Innovation Ecosystem and Innovation Coalition

This session will discuss the interdependent relationship between business incubators and the research parks in which many of them are located. Also, find out how various organizations such as NBIA and the Association of University Research Parks are partnering to create a broader innovation ecosystem and advocate for federal legislative support.
Kevin Byrne, COO, The University Financing Foundation, Atlanta, Ga.
Jim Currie, BioHio Research Park Program Coordinator, OARDC/Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio
Charles D'Agostino, Executive Director, Louisiana Business & Technology Center and LSU Innovation Park, Baton Rouge, La.
Moderator: Tracy Kitts, Acting CEO, National Business Incubation Association, Athens, Ohio

Crowd Coaching: A Community Approach for Supporting Entrepreneurs

Incubator managers are constantly challenged to do more with fewer resources. The presenters will introduce a model for recruiting and training community volunteers to assist in coaching your incubator clients. Learn tools and techniques for turning "average citizens" into effective entrepreneur coaches.
Jim Carroll, Executive Director, Business Innovation and Growth Center, London, Ky.
Madison Silvert, Director, eMerging Ventures Center for Innovation, Owensboro, Ky.
Moderator: Wayne Barz, Manager of Entrepreneurial Services, Ben Franklin TechVentures, Bethlehem, Pa.

Building a Transatlantic Relationship to Foster Economic Growth

Panelists will describe how their Texas-Belgium partnership has resulted in an incubator and strengthened international linkages. Learn how these regions and their university partners have joined forces in forging a global network to foster innovation and economic development, and how you might do the same.
Brett Cornwell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Commercialization, Texas A&M University System, College Station, Texas
Agnes Flemal, General Manager, Wallonia Space Logistics, Liege, Belgium
Philippe Lachapelle, Director, AWEX, Brussels, Belgium
Todd McDaniel, President and CEO, Research Valley Partnership, College Station, Texas

How to Make Your Rural Incubator Work for Your Community, Your Clients and You

Rural business incubators face unique challenges and opportunities. The presenter will explore specific solutions to issues such as funding, client recruitment, incubator staffing and community support. Learn steps to get your new or existing program on the right track.
Jason Darrow, Program Director, Siskiyou County Economic Development Council/Siskiyou Harvest Incubator, Yreka, Calif.
Moderator: Donna Lackey, Vice President, Business Development & Community Relations, The Burson Center, Carrollton, Ga.

Developing Entrepreneurial Superstars: Enabling Accelerated and Sustainable Growth

Incubated companies worldwide face growth challenges, hitting a plateau, or growing but not managing their growth well. Presenters will discuss how incubators can enhance their value proposition to support incubated companies in their growth journey.
Fernando Sepulveda, Founder and Managing Partner, Impulsa Business Accelerator, Mexico City, Mexico
Leandro Margulis, Director, Impulsa Business Accelerator, Silicon Valley, Calif.
Moderator: Scott Sadler, Business Advisor & Certified Professional Coach, Small Business Development Center, Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, Salem, Ore.

The Relationship Between the Incubator and Its Sponsor Institution

Many incubators depend on other institutions, including universities or local governments. In this session, the presenter will explore strategies for maintaining effective relationships between incubation programs and their sponsors, including dealing with issues related to budgets, governance and intellectual property.
Rafael García Moreir, Director, Ingenio, LATU, Montevideo, Uruguay
Ana Greif, International Programs Development Officer, National Business Incubation Association, Tucson, Ariz.

Forum: Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

Join this forum to discuss best practices for working with women and minority entrepreneurs and to brainstorm ideas for encouraging women and minorities to start businesses.
Moderator: Angela Crane-Jones, Assistant Director, Nashville Business Incubation Center, Nashville, Tenn.