NBIA's 23rd International Conference

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Highlights & Activities

Sunday, April 10

South Bay Wine Tour

Meet in the hotel lobby at 10:15 a.m. The tour begins at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, a hilltop location featuring views of the Santa Clara Valley. After sampling a few types of vino and learning about the history of this location, the bus will depart for the award-winning Testarossa Winery. Enjoy a tasting featuring the winery’s chardonnay and pinot noir and an indoor picnic lunch. The final stop of the tour is downtown Los Gatos, where you’ll have time to explore the city’s charming shops, cafés and wine-tasting rooms. The bus will return to the hotel by 4 p.m.

Fee: $125 (includes tastings, lunch and transportation)

Opening Reception and NBIA Expo

NBIA’s conference officially begins with the Sunday evening reception. Collect your name badge and materials at the registration desk, meet other incubation industry professionals, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Check out the NBIA Bookstore for new and hard-to-find titles about business incubation, entrepreneurship and economic development. And be sure to visit with our exhibitors at the NBIA Expo. Their products and services offer solutions to your challenges and help you provide better support to entrepreneurs.

Monday, April 11

Breakfast: First-Time Attendee Orientation and NBIA Expo

This special orientation introduces first-time attendees to NBIA’s International Conference on Business Incubation. You’ll meet other new attendees, find out how to make the most of your conference experience and learn more about how NBIA can help you.

Meanwhile, conference veterans can enjoy the continental breakfast, chat with exhibitors at the NBIA Expo or browse the NBIA Bookstore.

Keynote Address: Thomas Guevara

As deputy assistant secretary for regional affairs, Thomas Guevara directs and supervises activities of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Office of Regional Affairs, including the Performance and National Programs Division and EDA’s six regional offices. The regional offices are responsible for delivering investments that fulfill the agency’s mission of leading federal economic development by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. Guevara brings more than 21 years of management experience in financial advisory services, public-private partnership finance and local economic development consulting.

Tech Museum Reception

Walk across the street from the Fairmont for an evening reception at the three-story Tech Museum, which features hands-on science and technology exhibits. All floors of the museum are open, and you can explore the displays. Try the earthquake simulator, drive a remote-controlled underwater vehicle or build a satellite. Chat with other conference attendees and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. The museum’s playful atmosphere lets your mind relax after an intense day of learning. For more information about the museum, visit www.thetech.org.

Tuesday, April 12

Keynote Address: Robert Shelton

Robert Shelton is a director of the global growth and innovation practice at PRTM Management Consultants. He specializes in developing and integrating innovative business models and new technologies to create valuable new business opportunities for his clients. Shelton is the co-founder and a board member of the Environmental Business Cluster in San Jose, Calif., the winner of NBIA's 2008 Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year award. Shelton is the co-author of Making Innovation Work and co-editor of The Creative Enterprise.

NBIA Awards Luncheon

This celebratory luncheon features the NBIA Incubation Awards, which recognize the industry’s top incubation programs, clients and graduates. Be on hand to congratulate those who have made important contributions to the business incubation industry through innovative programs, services and products. This ceremony concludes with the announcement of the Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year, an award presented annually to a program that exemplifies overall excellence in business incubation.

Vendor Mixer

This special reception features NBIA’s sponsors and exhibitors. Learn more about the services they provide to make your job easier and help you support entrepreneurs. Join us for drinks and hors d’eouvres while mingling with NBIA’s supporters.

Plug and Play Reception and Tour

Meet in the lobby at 5:30 p.m. Return at 9:30 p.m. The buses will not shuttle.

During this event, you will tour the Plug and Play Technology Center, hear a brief presentation from Plug and Play community members (with guests from Google) and have the opportunity to network and enjoy hors d'oeuvres with both conference attendees and members of the Plug and Play community.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Plug and Play Tech Center is a leading accelerator for start-ups in the United States and abroad. Since 2006, Plug and Play has been home to more than 500 companies that have raised more than $750 million from its network of over 150 venture capital firms and 50 large corporate partners.

Wednesday, April 13

Keynote Address: Tim Brown

This breakfast features Tim Brown, CEO and president of IDEO, a design and innovation consulting firm. Brown specializes in technology and the arts, specifically how to use design to promote the well-being of people living in emerging economies.

San Jose Incubator Tour

This tour is sold out.

As part of this tour, you’ll visit two award-winning incubation facilities, the Environmental Business Cluster and the San Jose BioCenter. Meet in the hotel lobby at 1 p.m.

The Environmental Business Cluster provides commercialization support for emerging clean energy and environmental technology companies. Clients receive coaching and strategic counsel, focused educational and networking programs, access to investors and more. The Environmental Business Cluster won NBIA’s 2008 Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year award.

The San Jose BioCenter provides specialized facilities, capital equipment, laboratory services and commercialization support to life science, nanotech and clean tech companies. Clients can access shared equipment in the facility’s BioLab, ChemLab and tissue culture rooms. Since the incubator opened in 2004, BioCenter clients have raised more than $1 billion in capital and have created more than 800 direct jobs. The San Jose BioCenter won NBIA’s 2009 Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year award.

Fee: $79 (includes a boxed lunch) This tour is sold out.