NBIA's 16th International Conference on Business Incubation
 
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Click here to view the schedule in table formatTuesday, April 30

7:30 a.m. to 8 :30 a.m. Breakfast

8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Masao Horiba Keynote Address

9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

AABI Meeting

Come hear about AABI — Asian Association of Business Incubation — an association "incubated" at San Jose last year. Find out how AABI plans to develop business incubation throughout Asia. Also, learn valuable lessons on how a regional organization can benefit your program or community. s
Special focus / International
Hirokazu Okumura, Special Advisor, Japan Association of New Business Incubation Organizations, Tokyo, Japan
Rustam Lalkaka,
President, Business & Technology Development Strategies LLC, New York, NY
Hong Kim,
President, Korea Business Incubator Association, Choongnam, Republic of Korea
Benjamin Yuan,
President, Chinese Business Incubator Association, Taipei, Taiwan
Chan Siu Kam,
Director, Business Support and Development, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
Rong Wang,
Director, Shanghai International Business Incubator, People's Republic of China

Benchmarking Technology Incubators — The Role of Geography in Incubator Effectiveness

A groundbreaking benchmarking study focused on U.S. technology incubators resulted in findings that have been analyzed in combination with U.S. Census and other business and education data. Learn how the study illuminates the effects of regional characteristics and program quality factors on incubator effectiveness.
Technology
David Lewis, Senior Research Fellow, The National Center for Neighborhoods and Brownfields, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Moderator: Phil Helgerson, Executive Director, The Center for Environmental Enterprise, South Portland, ME

Canadian Incubator Success Stories

Hear a panel of Canadian managers describe four approaches to supporting entrepreneurs and their emerging enterprises: a multilocation technology incubator, a classic mixed-use incubator in a small city, a federal R&D institute incubator and a nationwide rural/small town entrepreneurship support network.
International / General
Lorne Ross, Executive Director, Northern Alberta Business Incubator, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
David McNamara, Director, InNOVAcorp, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Jean-Jacques Ledoux, Director, Industrial Partnership Facility, National Research Council, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Diana Jedig, Member of the Pan Canadian Community Futures Group, Executive Director of Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Moderator: Jim Hughes, President, Jim Hughes Advisory Services, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Improving Incubation Performance through Benchmarking and Evaluation: Lessons Learned from Europe

Interested in improving incubator performance? The European Commission recently benchmarked incubators across Europe. This session will explain why and discuss methodologies, conclusions, lessons learned, follow-up activities, and possible adaptation of benchmarking to other countries and regions.
Developers / International / General
Jorge Costa-David, Principal Administrator, European Commission Enterprise, Brussels, Belgium
Jack Malan, Partner, Centre for Strategy and Evaluation Services, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Rustam Lalkaka, President, Business & Technology Development Strategies LLC, New York, NY
Moderator: Philippe VanRie, CEO, European Business and Innovation Centre Network, Brussels, Belgium

Incubating Without Walls (IWW)

A physical incubator may not always be feasible, especially when the entrepreneurs in need of help are spread over an expansive rural area. Find out how these presenters developed two of the United States' top IWW programs that offer training and technical assistance to hundreds of diverse, often rural, businesses.
Rural / Special Focus
Debbie Neuman, Director, Target Technology Incubator, University of Maine, Bangor, ME
Peg Ryan, Director of Entrepreneurial Training, Commonwealth Corp., Boston, MA
Moderator: Mary Wilson Callahan, Principal Consultant and Founder, Work in Progress, Longmont, CO

Strategic Incubation in Organizations

Learn how business incubation can generate value through new business creation from within. Drawing on experiences in corporate and university incubation, these experts will discuss how large organizations can use incubation to capitalize on latent assets, grow new business divisions and encourage innovation in existing business units.
University / Technology
Gavin Troughton, Senior Consultant, Scientific Generics, Harston, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Andy Hatcher, Vice-President, New Ventures, Reuters, New York, NY

Moderator: Francisco Soares, Board Member, NAER sa, Lisbon, Portugal

Strategies for Client Screening, Evaluation and Tracking, Part I

Selecting clients, deciding if they're ready to graduate, and tracking their progress in the incubator and after graduation is no easy task. Nevertheless, these activities are critical to the success of incubation programs and their clients. In this two-part session, a panel of experienced incubator managers will present strategies for formally evaluating clients at various stages while keeping mission in mind.
Technology / Special Focus
Roger Trabucco, Commercial Applications Manager, The CASE Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Pamela Hochman Norton, Senior Vice President, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, Worcester, MA
Robert Calcaterra, CEO and President, Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprise, St. Louis, MO

Ten Telltale Signs: This Start-Up Is in Trouble

There are both obvious and subtle signs that a young, growth-oriented company is in trouble. Both are important, as even a subtle threat can be fatal. The good news is that, once sensitized to these signs, incubator managers and investors can spot red flags and be proactive in supplying company-saving assistance.
General
Terry Collison, Principal, Blue Rock Capital, Wilmington, DE
Bill Scari, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Berwyn, PA
Tom Penn, Partner, Meridian Venture Partners, Radnor, PA
Rich Glaser
, Regional Managing Director, Village Ventures Inc., Rochester, NY
Tripp Peake, Managing Partner, Long River Ventures, Hadley, MA
Dana Edelman, Managing Director, Collaborative Seed and Growth Partners LLC, Newton, MA

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Break

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Bitter Lessons Learned from Venture Capital's Nuclear Winter

Prior to the recent collapse of funding, VCs believed that companies with enormous upside potential should operate aggressively to achieve "positioning." Cash-flow neutrality was considered the province of weaker firms. Launch-stage companies that observed traditional niceties have survived, however, while others are carcasses. These lessons are useful to all firms — seeking financing or not — and their advisors.
For-Profit / General
Terry Collison, Principal, Blue Rock Capital, Wilmington, DE
Bill Scari, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Berwyn, PA
Tom Penn, Partner, Meridian Venture Partners, Radnor, PA
Rich Glaser
, Regional Managing Director, Village Ventures Inc., Rochester, NY
Tripp Peake, Managing Partner, Long River Ventures, Hadley, MA
Dana Edelman, Managing Director, Collaborative Seed and Growth Partners LLC, Newton, MA

Building Your Community's Entrepreneur Infrastructure

No matter how small or large, rural or urban, communities need to support entrepreneurs. And successful incubation programs operate in communities that provide that support. Learn how to gain resources and recognition for entrepreneurs by building local resources, partnering with local service providers and sponsoring local initiatives.
Developers / Rural / Revitalization / General
Don Betts, Consultant, ATDC Entrepreneur Network, Douglas, GA

Incubating Women: Challenges and Opportunities

Business incubation can help create economic opportunity and nurture entrepreneurial activity. In this session, you'll hear how it can also level the playing field for women wanting to start their own businesses. Learn about women who, facing barriers to labor market integration, have used incubation to thrive in the business world.
Special Focus, International
Wendy Werkmeister, President, The Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation, Milwaukee, WI
Additional speakers to be announced

Incubation on a National Level: Government-Sponsored Programs in Universities

Hear how government-sponsored national programs have helped university and research institutes build on their knowledge to provide support for the establishment of business incubators. Learn from examples including the government of Taiwan's, which launched more than 60 incubators in the past five years.
International / University / Technology
Robert Lai, Director General, Small & Medium Enterprise Administration/MOEA, Taipei, Taiwan
Benjamin Yuan
, President, Chinese Business Incubation Association, Taipei, Taiwan
Mauricio Otavio Mendonca Jorge, Director and Technology Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brasilia, Brazil
Moderator: Larry Albertson, President, LPA Associates, Gainsville, FL

Meet the Incubator of the Year

Get an inside look at the workings of one of the industry's most successful incubation programs. The manager of this year's Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year Award will present a case study of his or her incubation program. And don't miss the unveiling of this winner at Monday's awards luncheon.
General
Speaker to be announced
Moderator: Wayne Barz, Manager, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeast Pennsylvania, Bethlehem, PA

Policies And Strategies to Spur Incubator-Led Technology Development

The University of Maryland's top research official and founder of its technology transfer office will describe successful strategies to spur better funding of technology development programs, including incubators. Topics will include new capital funding, reform of ethics laws, linkages to federal labs and gaining higher visibility.
University / Technology / General
Brian Darmody, Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Strategies for Client Screening, Evaluation and Tracking, Part II

Selecting clients, deciding if they're ready to graduate, and tracking their progress in the incubator and after graduation is no easy task. Nevertheless, these activities are critical to the success of incubation programs and their clients. In this two-part session, a panel of experienced incubator managers will present strategies for formally evaluating clients at various stages while keeping mission in mind.
Technology / Special Focus
Roger Trabucco, Commercial Applications Manager, The CASE Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Pamela Hochman Norton, Senior Vice President, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, Worcester, MA
Robert Calcaterra, CEO and President, Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprise, St. Louis, MO

12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Luncheon and Jana Matthews Keynote Address

2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Go Ahead … Ask

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.
For-Profit / Technology / General
Terry Collison, Partner, Blue Rock Capital, Wilmington, DE
Bill Scari, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Berwyn, PA
Tom Penn, Partner, Meridian Venture Partners, Radnor, PA
Dana Edelman
, Managing Director, Collaborative Seed and Growth Partners LLC, Newton, MA
Rich Glaser
, Regional Managing Director, Village Ventures Inc., Rochester, NY
Tripp Peake, Managing Partner, Long River Ventures, Hadley, MA

Innovative Approaches to Bioscience Challenges

Bioscience entrepreneurs face particularly unique challenges in commercializing their technologies. Demanding regulatory processes, ethical and political considerations and large capital requirements all are contributing factors. Hear these experts' advice on funding strategies, support services, mentoring boards, professional service partnerships, student internships and other key issues.
Special Focus
David Lohr, Executive Director, Virginia Biosciences Development Center, Richmond, VA
Timothy O'Brien, Director, Biomedical Biotechnology Center, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR

Merging Incubator Management — Maximizing Benefits

When the Entrepreneurial Center, a mixed-use incubator in Birmingham, Ala., took over management of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's technology incubator, great synergies resulted. This unique and culture-sensitive merger permitted hiring incubator staff with higher skills, streamlined operations and improved client services.
University / General
Susan Matlock, President, Entrepreneurial Center, and Executive Director, Office for the Advancement of Developing Industries, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Moderator: Mike LeHere, Director, Akron Industrial Incubator, Akron, OH

Opening a New Economic Era: Business Incubation in Japan

Learn about the Japanese incubation experience, including challenges, opportunities and new research. Japanese incubation managers and representatives of the Japan Association of New Business Incubation Organizations (JANBO) will discuss the state of business incubation in their country, highlighting nonprofit and for-profit incubation as well as industry segments.
International / General
Terutaka Tansho, Researcher, Japan Association of New Business Incubation Organizations, Tokyo, Japan
Ichiro Sakata, Director, Regional Economy and Industry Research Team, Regional Economy and Industry Policy Bureau, Tokyo, Japan
Hisashi Tasaki, Research Director, New Business Development Dep., Advanced Software Technology & Mechatronics Research Institute of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Tomoyo Kazumi, Supervisor, Kitakyushu Telework Center
Moderator: Giles McDaniel, Executive Director, Northeast Alabama Entrepreneurial System, Biloxi, MS

Tax Tips for Nonprofit Incubators

What's in the IRS' business plan, and what does it mean for your incubator? Why might the IRS flag your Form 990 for an audit? Are equity kickers okay? A seasoned nonprofit tax attorney will discuss do's, don't's, red flags and recent changes in nonprofit tax law.
Developers / General
Janet Buehler, Esq., Park Ridge, NJ
Moderator: Tony Martinez, Assistant Director, Louisiana Business & Technology Center, Baton Rouge, LA

Trends in Incubation: 2002 and Beyond

Experts in the areas of technology, corporate and international incubation will provide insights on current trends in the changing economy and demonstrate how they may affect your incubator. Learn about innovative programs that are aligned with these trends and how to implement them in your incubator.
For-Profit / Technology / International
Carol Kraus Lauffer, Principal, Business Cluster Development, Menlo Park, CA
James Robbins, Director, Panasonic Incubator, Cupertino, CA
Benay Todzo, Executive Director, Women's Technology Cluster, San Francisco, CA
Chuck Wolfe, Principal, Claggett Wolfe Associates, Auburn, CA

Incubating the Arts

When considering potential entrepreneurs, do potters, theater groups, graphic designers and filmmakers come to mind? Representatives from around the world will focus on the challenges of assisting artists and arts organizations through a business incubation program.
Special Focus
Ben Ferrari, Head of Research and Enterprise at Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom
Jean Johnson, Craft Projects Manager at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Moderator: Mary Kahn Davis, Former Director of the Entergy Arts Business Center, New Orleans, LA

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Virtual Visit to Toronto Incubators

7 p.m. start Take Me Out to the Ball Game

8:00 p.m. curtain A Night at the Theater

 

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