|15th International Conference on Business
May 19-22, 2001 The Fairmont Hotel San Jose, California
Sunday, May 20, 2001
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
A Key to Ending Global Poverty
As the world's largest source of developmental assistance, the World Bank provides to client countries nearly $16 billion in loans annually, moving them toward sustainable and equitable growth. Piercy, who also has community development experience, was appointed to her post by President Clinton in 1994. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the President's Interagency Council on Women.
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)
The 2000 GEM report
assessed the level of entrepreneurial activity in 21 nations and found that
entrepreneurship is strongly related to a country's annual economic growth.
Learn about the results of this year's study conducted by Babson College, the
London Business School, the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and
Ernst & Young.
Building Awareness Among Media and the Investment Community
Public perception is
critical to the future success of client companies and the incubator. An
effective communications program can help build awareness among media,
consumers and investors. This session will arm you with real-life tips,
techniques and strategies for reaching your communication goals.
Forging Sustainable Incubator/University Alliances
When California State
Polytechnic University and NASA collaborated to develop the NASA
Commercialization Center, the potential for a stellar alliance was great, but
so was the potential to flounder in the complexities of the university's
political and operating environment. Learn how this incubator director
navigated pitfalls and barriers to success.
Creating and Managing Captive Incubator Venture Capital Funds
Associating with or developing
a venture capital fund can remove financial obstacles for your clients
and your incubator. Understand the issues and processes before embarking
down that path. This panel will discuss legal and management structures,
fundraising, conflict of interest, due diligence procedures, investment
decision-making and more.
Collaboration in the New Millennium: Incubation and Microenterprise
feed the economy, and incubators can help ensure the success of
microenterprises. Two executives from the Association for Enterprise
Opportunity will discuss how their organization supports microenterprises and
how it supports incubators in providing access-to-markets services.
Programs and Events that Draw
Having trouble drawing a
crowd? If so, this session will clue you in to creating the kind of standing-room
only events that even the busiest entrepreneurs and stakeholders won't
miss. You'll create dynamic programs that market your incubator, encourage
client networking and provide vital information to stakeholders.
Leaving the Nest: Preparing Clients for Commercial Real Estate
Leaving an incubator
can be a complicated move for both the client company and the incubator. Real
estate professionals can assist with planning to ease complications and avoid
common pitfalls. Learn how this firm has helped ready graduating companies for
their moves to commercial facilities.
Karma in the Walls and Halls: Creating Rich Informal Learning Enviroments
Between 60 and 80 percent
of workplace learning, especially in building skills and attitudes that
promote business success, comes from informal meetings and incidental
encounters. Come away from this interactive workshop with techniques to
assess your current environment and plans for making your incubator a
powerful learning setting.
Creating an Inner-City Entrepreneurial Campus
How do you improve
upon an NBIA award-winning incubator in the former American Bandstand building?
By creating a $20 million Entrepreneurial Campus around it. Find out how this
incubator fueled a 12-block revitalization effort, which now includes a kitchen
incubator, and learn how it uses master planning and funding strategies to
attract entrepreneurial firms.
Preparing Your Companies to Raise Capital
The Software Business
Cluster (SBC), NBIA's 2000 Incubator of the Year, has a proven process for
training companies in making successful presentations to venture capital or
angel investors. The SBC has helped client companies raise more than $400
million in equity investment. Two SBC executives will describe their
experiences in preparing companies for making the case for investment.
Promoting the Incubator: Tactics, Tips and Tricks
stakeholders, potential clients and the community is critical to the success of
any incubation program. Hear how two incubation professionals use print
campaigns, networking events and more to spread the word about their programs
and learn about the importance of tracking the results of promotion activities.
Building an Outsourced Service Program
providers that complement in-house services can exponentially enhance the
quality and quantity of services an incubator has to offer its clients. Find
out how to maintain accountability while using outside vendors and receive a
customizable tool kit for screening and selecting vendors and managing the
Community in the Workplace
working environment can foster creativity and collaboration, inspire innovation
and learning and energize workers. Find out from this industry expert how
companies can accomplish corporate goals by translating corporate vision and
culture into physical space design.
Synergies Through Gap Analysis of the Incubation Value Chain
articulate elements of the incubation value chain and use gap analysis to
pinpoint their requirements. Understand gap analysis and learn how to fill
these gaps through synergies with strong complementary partners.
Incubation for a New Economy in Australia and New Zealand
Innovation is thriving
down under. These incubation professionals have found that keeping up with
needs of Australasian high-tech entrepreneurs means creating innovative
acceleration techniques. The speakers will highlight their unique solutions to
incubation and explain the role their cultures have played in innovation and
Incubating without Walls (IWW)
A physical incubator
may not always be feasible, especially when entrepreneur support is needed over
expansive rural areas. Find out how these presenters developed praiseworthy IWW
programs that offer training and technical assistance to hundreds of diverse,
often rural, businesses.
12:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
NBIA Awards Luncheon
Join us on Sunday afternoon for the annual NBIA awards ceremony. Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Dun & Bradstreet, Friends of the University City Science Center and others, these awards showcase business incubation at its best. NBIA will announce the winners of this year's hard-won honors: Incubator of the Year, Clients of the Year, Graduates of the Year and the Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year.
The new presidential
administration and Congress will bring changes to federal programs and
initiatives. NBIA's legislative correspondent will fill you in on key
legislation, identify new funding streams, explain new programs and distribute
contact information for Congressional initiatives.
Creating Powerful Partnerships
Understand the value
proposition of forming strategic partnerships to leverage the resources of
leading corporations. Learn how the Panasonic Internet Incubator joined with
other incubators to attract key partners. Meet Panasonic's partners in a panel
discussion and identify opportunities for your incubator.
Helping University Students Grow Entrepreneurial Ventures
Student hatcheries are
booming! These speakers have developed incubators to help college students and
graduates start and grow successful companies. Issues covered include designing
a business incubator, generating awareness, business and skills development,
harnessing peer group power and establishing an investment fund or network.
Coaching Clients and Getting Results
Do you need help
motivating clients to participate in your incubator programs or dealing with
those who don't? This session will provide information about the staff or
partners needed to implement a comprehensive coaching program and offer a
structured process for coaching all types of entrepreneurs.
An Incubator's Guide to Growing Tech Companies
Is your incubator
ready to support and capitalize on the potential of technology companies? This
session will help you understand common success factors so your program can
incorporate an effective screening process, service provider network, access to
financing and other assistance to keep tech clients on the track to success.
Intellectual Property: Keys for Successful Start-Up
Learn how to protect
and exploit a critical asset for most young companies - their intellectual
property (IP). This Silicon Valley attorney and author will help you understand
the different types of IP protection and how to avoid IP licensing pitfalls.
Make No Small Plans - Guiding the Expectations of Incubator Shareholders
It's true worldwide: when
developing a business incubator, stakeholders' hopes for an incubator's
ability to restore a community's
economic health and growth may be unrealistically high. Participate in
a discussion about guiding expectations of developers, financiers, municipal
governments and local educational institutions. Hear from a few practitioners,
and come prepared to share your own experiences.
Go Ahead Ask
Come pick the brains
of a venture capital investor, a corporate technology investor and a successful
company founder turned private investor. This panel has decades of experience
guiding entrepreneurs and young venture-backed company management teams. Ask
the company-building questions keeping you up at night. Space is
A Must-Read for 2001: Leading at the Speed of Growth
The author's findings
on entrepreneurship have been called "the DNA or 'source code' for growth." If
you're developing an awesome organization or are helping clients do so, don't
miss the author of Leading at the Speed of Growth. Matthews, a Kauffman
Center researcher, spent eight years interviewing successful entrepreneurs to
discern their growth-accelerating secrets.
30 Lessons Learned from Trendsetter Companies
What are America's
fastest growing companies doing to stay ahead of the pack?
PricewaterhouseCoopers' ongoing "Trendsetter Barometer" survey has identified
six management principles and 30 best practices used by CEOs of these role
Alternative Approaches to Feasibility
A critical starting
point for developing an incubation program is determining feasibility. Three
experienced incubation professionals will describe different feasibility study
methods. Participants will learn about distinguishing a feasibility study from
a business plan, determining what to include in a study and interpreting study
Making Internet Incubators Work in Developing Countries
Analysts predict that
there will soon be more Internet users in developing than in developed nations.
This session will explore the process for establishing Internet incubators in
such countries, including design of viable business models, related
infrastructure and smart workspace, venture capital, international networking
and other key issues.
Strategic Partnerships: Demonstrating the Value
The key to a
successful strategic partnership is clearly articulating the win-win scenario
to everyone involved. Learn from a mixed-use incubation program that has taken
this approach and effectively woven itself into Los Angeles' Hispanic
community, leveraging resources to provide everything from job training to
Equity Agreement Legal Issues
For-profit incubators face
challenges when taking equity stakes in client companies. Nonprofit incubators
increasingly are interested in equity as a means toward self-sustainability.
Learn about the legal implications of investing in clients from a panel
of top lawyers experienced in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.
Meet the Incubator of the Year
Get an inside look at
the workings of one of the most successful incubation programs. The manager of
the Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the year Award winner will present a case
study of his or her incubation program. And don't miss the unveiling of this
winner at the Sunday afternoon awards luncheon.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
JANBO Reception Keynote
Japan's Challenge: Economic Reforms under a New Cabinet and Increasing the Role of Business Incubation and Entrepreneurship
Nationwide awareness about the need for structural reforms resulted in the selection late last month of Junichiro Koizumi as Japan's new premier. Taking into consideration that a new Cabinet was recently announced, Katsuhiro Nakagawa, chairman of Tokio Marine Capital Co. Ltd. will share key elements including the increasing role of business incubation and entrepreneurship required to revitalize the Japanese economy. During this evening reception hosted by the Japan Association of New Business Incubation Organizations (JANBO), Nakagawa will also touch on a "big picture goal" that JANBO has recently developed for achieving an entrepreneurial society by 2010.
JANBO began operations in 1999 with the support of Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI, recently renamed the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry [METI]). Tokio Marine Capital is the venture capital fund run by Japan's largest insurance company. Prior to joining Tokio Marine Capital, Nakagawa served as vice minister for international affairs at MITI.
If the day has left you energized by new ideas, exhausted from the full-tilt schedule yet still hungry for more information, then join your colleagues for dinner at a San Jose restaurant and continue the networking. We've cleared this evening's schedule, but we haven't abandoned you: NBIA has booked space at several local restaurants and will provide menus and sign-up sheets by incubation program type for those of you who'd like to meet and eat with companions who share your incubation interests.