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NBIA's Seventh Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals: Schedule

Summit Info

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Sunday, Jan. 27

Stroll Along the Santa Monica Pier
The Huntley Hotel
1:30 p.m.

Drop your bags in your room and don't waste another minute indoors. Meet up with your colleagues in the hotel lobby and head out for a walk along the nearby Santa Monica Pier. Choose from all this world-famous attraction has to offer: a jumbo Ferris wheel, shopping, cafes and more. This is an informal event; you are responsible for your expenses.

Opening Reception
The Huntley Hotel
5:30-7 p.m.

You don’t want to miss the opening reception – it sets the tone for the whole event, and it’s your opportunity to meet the people you’ll be working with for the next two days. We’ll have drinks, light hors d’oeurves and a little networking fun, so plan on joining us and making some valuable additions to your contacts list!

Monday, Jan. 28

Registration and Breakfast
Turnstone WorkLife Center
8-9 a.m.

Embrace the Space
Turnstone WorkLife Center
9-10 a.m.

Learn the science behind the use of space and how it influences productivity in the workplace. This session – part lecture, part discussion – is presented by NBIA partner and event host Turnstone, whose research will guide discussion on the importance of offering client space, how people really work and how your use of space can make a difference.

Speaker: Jeff Joerling, brand evangelist, Turnstone – A Steelcase Company, Denver, Colo.

10-10:15 a.m.

State of the Industry … and Beyond!
Turnstone WorkLife Center
10:15 a.m.-noon

Your understanding of the latest practices in business incubation and entrepreneurship can inform the vast number of decisions you make about your program each year – the client services you offer, how you engage with stakeholders, and on and on. Discuss the wide-ranging trends both inside and outside our industry that are impacting incubation today: Discover the newest developments in angel investing, hear about the most recent global entrepreneurship research and learn lessons gained from interviews conducted with more than 50 highly successful entrepreneurs.


NBIA: Marianne HudsonMarianne Hudson, Executive Director, Angel Capital Association, Overland Park, Kan.

Hudson leads the Angel Capital Association, the professional alliance of angel groups in North America that has 20 affiliates and 170 member groups representing 8,000 individual accredited investors. Hudson previously led the angel initiative that resulted in the formation of the Angel Resource Institute, an independent charitable organization that spun out of the Kauffman Foundation in 2007. Hudson also oversaw many of the foundation’s entrepreneurial education and mentoring programs. She has worked in the entrepreneurial support field for more than 25 years.

NBIA: Richard SudekRichard Sudek, director, Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics, Chapman University, Orange, Calif.

Sudek has been involved with high-tech companies for more than 30 years. In addition to founding a data networking company that he sold in 1999, he has served on boards and advisory committees for nonprofits and companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Cisco. He is an angel investor and chairman emeritus of Tech Coast Angels, through which he has screened over 1,000 start-up companies. Sudek’s academic research focuses on the angel investment decision process, examining how and why angel investors choose their investments and whether these decision processes are optimal.

NBIA: Joel WigginsJoel Wiggins, CEO and president, Enterprise Center of Johnson County, and executive manager, Mid-America Angels Investments, Lenexa, Kan.

Wiggins runs the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, which provides business assistance services to more than a dozen clients in the high-tech, biotech and service industries in Kansas. He also is founding organizer and executive manager of Mid-America Angels Investments, which since 2006 has invested $10 million in 28 companies. Wiggins previously served as director of the Austin Technology Incubator of the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin.  ATI is a former winner of NBIA’s Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year award.

Moderator: Tracy Kitts, acting CEO, National Business Incubation Association, Athens, Ohio

Turnstone WorkLife Center
Noon-1 p.m.   
Sponsored by Turnstone

1-1:30 p.m.

Trend Focus: Multi-Platform Incubation
Turnstone WorkLife Center
1:30-3:30 p.m.

Some people call it “big tent” business incubation; others call it “multi-platform.” However you label it, there’s a move among programs in our industry to extend beyond the traditional definition of incubation. Join this expert panel as we discuss trends such as accelerators, incubation networks, VDOs and economic gardening, and discuss the drawbacks, benefits and challenges of expanding the boundaries.


NBIA: Charles RossCharles Ross, assistant director, Enterprise Innovation Institute - EI2, Atlanta, Ga.

Ross is responsible for executing growth opportunities that expand EI2’s programs for entrepreneurs and entrepreneur support organizations. He previously was vice president of the Telecommunications Development Fund, where he sourced, structured and managed investments in several early-stage communications companies. He also was a director at Ameritech’s venture capital division, where he identified and executed strategic technology investments. Currently, Ross also is a director with the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, an organization focused on creating and growing innovation capital.

NBIA: David TerryDavid Terry, executive director, West Texas A&M University Enterprise Network, Amarillo, Texas

Terry is an entrepreneur with more than 10 years of experience in facilitating the growth of new ventures. During that time, he has assisted more than 800 small businesses. He is also a sought-after speaker and trainer. Terry is chair of NBIA's Board of Directors and a member of its executive committee. He was recently recognized by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce as a recipient of the inaugural Top 20 Under 40 award for business leaders.

NBIA: Deborah TillettDeborah Tillett, president and executive director, Emerging Technology Centers, Baltimore, Md.

Prior to joining Emerging Technology Centers, the city of Baltimore’s Innovation Center, Tillett was an international business consultant specializing in new media and interactive entertainment. Under her guidance, German-based game develop Kalypso Media began U.S. operations in 2009 and released a top-selling strategy game for the PC and XBOX 360. She is past president of BreakAway Games, where she grew the company from a handful of game developers to a firm with over $10 million in revenue with studios in Hunt Valley, Md., and Austin and Corpus Christi, Texas.

Moderator: Dinah Adkins, president emerita, National Business Incubation Association, Portland, Ore.

3:30-4 p.m.

Summit Showdown
Turnstone WorkLife Center
4-5:30 p.m.

Participate in the Summit Showdown, which is back after a very successful debut in 2012. The winner of this contest gets an iPad mini and one free registration to NBIA’s 27th International Conference on Business Incubation in Boston in April. Click here and enter your project by Jan. 11, 2013, to be considered.

All you have to do is submit details about your program’s most innovative, creative and successful initiative. Finalists will be asked to produce “term sheets” outlining their innovation and pitch to a group of “investors” selected from the summit audience. After a round of questions, the “investors” will choose how much they would pay for each innovation, and the idea receiving the most “investment” will win.

7 p.m.

Join colleagues at one of four restaurants to enjoy a meal and networking. Continue conversations from earlier in the day, start new dialogues or chat about topics unrelated to incubation as you create friendships. Sign-up sheets will be available at the registration table. You are responsible for your expenses.

Please meet in the lobby to leave promptly at 7 p.m. Each restaurant is located within a 15-minute walk of the hotel.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Turnstone WorkLife Center
8:30-9 a.m.

Generations at Work
Turnstone WorkLife Center
9-10 a.m.        

You’re faced with the challenge of creating work space for all of the generations at work right now. The pros from NBIA partner and event host Turnstone will share their research on this topic, including why we should care about generational shifts, the role technology plays, and how work space influences productivity and employee morale across all ages represented in today’s office spaces.

Speaker: Jeff Joerling, brand evangelist, Turnstone – A Steelcase Company, Denver, Colo.

10-10:15 a.m.

Summit Forum: Experts Leading the Industry on Best Practices
Turnstone WorkLife Center
10:15 a.m.-noon         

This forum gives you a chance to share your ideas, thoughts and concerns on industry best practices. Discuss with your fellow attendees which of the industry guidelines are still relevant or how can they be improved, and tell us the experiences and research that have informed your ideas for change. Your input will help shape the direction that NBIA takes in future endeavors.


Contact NBIA

Phone: (740) 593-4331
Fax: (740) 593-1996
PO Box 959
Athens, OH 45701-1565

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