|15th International Conference on Business
May 19-22, 2001 The Fairmont Hotel San Jose, California
Monday, May 21, 2001
7:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Hewlett-Packard Business Plan Competition
Watch as three Internet start-up companies vie to be named the recipient of the HP e-scholarship award. These finalists, who were chosen by a panel of incubator professionals, will present and defend their business plans to a panel of venture capitalists as conference-goers look on. The venture capitalists will select one exceptional e-enabled business to receive a scholarship of HP hardware, software and consulting worth $200,000. Cate Cavanagh, former principal and current board member of Panasonic Internet Incubator, will assist in the facilitation of this event.
Business Incubation Best Practices
top-performing programs have utilized best practices. The speaker will draw
from a newly published NBIA report based on a study conducted for Maryland's
incubators. Gain the tips, tools and techniques for client screening, board
selection and management and developing business assistance programs.
Meeting the Test, Building the Best
Industry experts from this
NBIA Award-winning incubator achieve top results with client companies
by using a rigorous, step-by-step process of regular assessments, consulting
and training programs. Paul Terry, a 1995 Inc. magazine
Supporter of Entrepreneurship award winner, and incubator manager Angela
Cain explain how they successfully move entrepreneurs through the
Quantum Profitable Growth: Breaking the Million-Dollar Barrier
PricewaterhouseCoopers expert on organizational effectiveness and revenue
generation has helped a wide range of companies increase their quality
revenues. Get ready for some innovative thinking you'll develop the
hard-core business acumen necessary to help clients break through that magical
$1 M barrier on the way to truly profitable revenue growth.
Strategies for Achieving Financial Self-Sustainability: Part One
NBIA can't say it
enough: Financial self-sustainability goes a long way toward incubation
success. This double session will give you plenty of ideas for securing
predictable, reliable sources of financing.
Commercializing Technology: Turning Cool Ideas into Hot Profits
Federal labs spend billions
of dollars on R&D, but only one of 11 new product ideas successfully
makes it to market. Incubator managers representing several NASA-sponsored
business incubators will describe effective methods for helping companies
successfully evaluate, access and commercialize federal laboratory technology.
The Whys and Hows of Equity Sharing
low-unemployment economy where employers struggle to find talent, equity
sharing has given some companies a competitive edge when it comes to
recruiting, retaining and motivating employees. Learn various methods of
sharing ownership with employees and the pros and cons of equity sharing.
Rapid Response Entrepreneur Training
Looking to provide quick,
hands-on learning for those who lack business literacy? North Carolina's
Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (REAL) program offers an
eight-module "short course" that teaches entrepreneurial skills in incubators,
community colleges and high schools. Find out how to make similar training
work in your community.
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.
Innovation in Corporate Incubation Models
Learn about the latest
trends in corporate incubation from industry leaders. The panel includes
representatives from Panasonic Internet Incubator's model, which offers
start-ups access to global markets and seed funding, and representatives from
Reuters, whose international strategy of internal incubation operates in New
York, Hong Kong and London.
Leading Public Organizations with Vision, Value and Strategy
Drawing on concepts
from Ohio University's Executive Leadership Institute, this session will help
the managers of public and nonprofit entities create highly effective
organizations. Learn to develop the political and operational capacities
necessary to create valuable agencies.
NBIA can't say it
enough: Financial self-sustainability is essential for incubation success. This
double session will give you plenty of ideas for securing predictable, reliable
sources of financing.
International Panel - Competitiveness and Partnering through Global Technology Incubator Growth
The explosive growth
of technology incubators worldwide is leading to new ways for both incubators
and emerging companies to partner across many borders for greater business
opportunities. Experiences in Europe, Asia Pacific, and South America will
suggest new opportunities for North American incubators and their client
World Cup and World Class Business Incubation
Japan and Korea will cohost
the World Cup Soccer matches in 2002. This year, they cohost a session
on growing business incubators in Asia. Representatives from JANBO and
KOBIA would like to invite Asian and other interested attendees to present
their business incubation programs.
Equity Investment Funds for Distressed Areas
It's tough to raise equity
investments for firms in distressed communities. This speaker has been
there, done that, though, successfully raising millions of dollars for
local businesses and creating thousands of jobs in a rural region. These
strategies could just as easily be applied in urban communities.
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote Address
Incubators as a Strategy for Change
A former senior marketing officer at San Jose-based Cisco Systems, Cate Muther is an expert on financing and growing technology businesses. She'll tell how incubators can be employed to bring about new models for social change, break down barriers and effect public (and private) good. The Three Guineas Fund, a public grant-making and operating foundation she founded, and one of its investees, The Women's Technology Cluster of San Francisco, will be discussed in this presentation sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Muther will also describe lessons learned from her involvement in the newly-organizing Foundation Incubator, which will incubate philanthropies, and the Young Women's Technology Cluster, an incubation program for youth entrepreneurs.
Muther has been widely recognized for leadership in new economy philanthropy. She was an invited speaker at the first White House Conference on Philanthropy in 1999, has recieved many awards and has been covered by top national media such as Fast Company, Fortune Small Business, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Upside, Wired, Red Herring, and U.S. News & World Report.
Networking Incubators and Science Parks: Networking for Maximum Results
Business incubator and science
park managers can build professional networks that will benefit their
programs and their clients. You will learn the practical consequences,
business opportunities, and other benefits that derive from successful
networking between business incubators and science parks both locally
Triage: Customizing Commercialization Strategies
A commercialization strategy
that fits one firm is not necessarily ideal for another even for
firms with similar focuses. Using case histories, this session looks at
what makes a company a viable venture and how the incubator manager can
help develop the best strategy to fit each company's needs.
The Challenges of Inner-City Incubation
hold great economic development potential for urban communities but face unique
challenges. Join in on a discussion of key issues related to urban incubation
including race vs. place, incubating microenterprises vs. scalable firms,
identifying funding resources, incubators as part of a larger strategy and
Rural Incubators: What Makes for Success or Failure?
In sparsely populated
towns and counties, scarce resources and the lack of a critical mass of
entrepreneurial companies can be huge obstacles to business incubation. The
authors of a comprehensive study of rural incubators point out what makes these
programs succeed or fail.
Attracting Tenants: Keeping the Pipe Full
How do you find the balance
between good business opportunities, management and entrepreneurial spirit
in the tenants you want to attract? Discuss who's in, who's out, and why.
I did NOT do that. And I resent you saying so. (Or, How to Reduce Your Own Defensiveness in Conflict)
Conflict is inevitable
in the start-up environment. Unfortunately, responding defensively is a
self-defeating behavior that reduces your effectiveness and breeds
defensiveness in others probably not the result you want. In this
interactive session, you'll learn how to identify your own defensive behaviors
and turn that knowledge into better conflict resolution strategies.
Maryland Initiative to Support State Incubators
Maryland officials and incubator
managers collaborated to initiate a statewide program for incubator support
that includes funding, awards programs, public relations, development
of a state incubator network and more. Speakers will share lessons learned
and the pitfalls they've encountered since the program began.
Ann Lansinger, Executive
Director, Emerging Technology Center, Baltimore, MD
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Walking Tour of San Jose Incubation Programs
Stash your course
materials and put on your walking shoes - it's time to hit the streets of San
Jose for an afternoon and evening of incubation and innovation.
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Taste of California Reception at The Tech Museum of Innovation
After the tour, take a break then stroll over to The Tech Museum of Innovation for the Taste of California reception. Sample some of the Silicon Valley's finest regional cuisine and chat with colleagues while discovering your inner innovator using the Tech Museum's interactive exhibits. Design a roller coaster, challenge colleagues to a bobsled race, build a microchip or, using a 3-D laser scanner, find out what your head would look like with a wood or brick finish.