Highlights and Activities
Sunday, May 6
Meet near NBIA's registration desk at 9:30 a.m. You will be transported by bus to The High Museum of Art, which has more than 11,000 pieces in its permanent collection and is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. After touring the museum, you will visit the global headquarters of CNN. During this 55-minute guided walking tour, you'll learn about CNN's coverage of news events that have shaped the world and get a behind-the-scenes look at the studios. Lunch will be on your own at the CNN Center Food Court. The bus will return to the hotel by 3 p.m.
If you are a new NBIA member or interested in learning more about NBIA, attend the New Member/Nonmember Introductory Reception. NBIA staff and veteran members will explain how to get the most from your membership. A round-robin with NBIA board members also will provide a quick introduction to NBIA leaders and jump-start your conference networking. Immediately following this event, head to the opening reception with new friends and colleagues.
The opening reception is the official kickoff event for NBIA's conference. Your first stop is the registration desk, where you'll collect your name badge and materials. The staff there can answer any conference-related questions you might have. After that, spend some time getting to know 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, May 7
This special orientation offers first-time conference attendees a chance to learn how to make the most of the NBIA conference experience. You'll meet other new attendees and hear more about how NBIA can help you.
Meanwhile, conference veterans can browse the NBIA Bookstore, chat with exhibitors at the NBIA Expo or enjoy the continental breakfast.
Ani Agnihotri is the founder and president of IIIrd Millennium Technologies, a technology company that provides information technology and outsourcing solutions. He is also the founder and managing partner of the U.S.-India Business and Research Center, a management consulting company focused on providing assistance to businesses in India and the United States that wish to relocate overseas. Agnihotri serves as the chairman-elect of the Asian-American Heritage Foundation, which works to promote the historical contributions made by those of Asian and Pacific heritage in the United States.
During this tour, you will visit the Advanced Technology Development Center Headquarters, located at Georgia Tech's Technology Square campus in Midtown Atlanta. ATDC – part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Tech – helps Georgia's technology entrepreneurs launch and build successful companies. Founded in 1980, ATDC has helped create millions of dollars in tax revenues by graduating more than 120 companies, which together have raised more than a billion dollars in outside financing. ATDC won NBIA's 1996 Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year award.
NBIA will shuttle buses between the hotel and ATDC. Meet near NBIA's registration desk at 3:50 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8
Michael J. Coles is the executive chairman and president of Global Onboard Partners, an Atlanta-based company that specializes in advertising on commercial airlines. In 1977, he co-founded the Great American Cookie Co., which, when sold in 1998, operated hundreds of stores nationwide with sales topping $100 million. Coles has served on numerous nonprofit and corporate boards during his career, including that of Caribou Coffee, a company he helped grow from a regional name to an international brand while serving as chairman and CEO from 2003 to 2007.
Help NBIA honor the industry's top incubation programs, clients and graduates at this celebratory luncheon. The NBIA Incubation Awards are one of the conference highlights each year. The awards recognize 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.
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. NBIA's partners offer discounts and special pricing on goods and services to NBIA members, and some of our partners extend special pricing and services to incubator clients. Join us and enjoy drinks and hors d'eouvres while mingling with NBIA's supporters.
Wednesday, May 9
A few incubator managers whose clients made the 2011 Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in the United States will join representatives from those companies to share their experiences. This panel discussion will focus on the programs and services these incubators provide and the steps their clients took to find success.
A sit-down, plated breakfast will help prepare you for the last two concurrent session blocks of the conference. Say goodbye to old and new friends and learn from incubator managers about client companies that made it big.
As part of this tour, you'll visit the Gwinnett Innovation Park and the Georgia BioBusiness Center. Meet near NBIA's registration desk at 12:45 p.m. The buses are expected to return to the hotel by 9 p.m. A boxed lunch will be provided on the bus on the way to the Gwinnett Innovation Park. Dinner will be on your own in downtown Athens, Ga., after the tour of the Georgia BioBusiness Center.
The Gwinnett Innovation Park, located in a suburb of Atlanta, is the longest-running privately funded incubator program in the country. The program provides entrepreneurs with access to office and manufacturing space, telecommunication and network infrastructure, a community of entrepreneurs, business advice and planning, and financial capital. Since 1990, the program has been home to almost 85 companies. Its client, ChemFree Corp., received NBIA's 1999 Client of the Year award, and in 2010, another client, Wi-Ex, received the award.
The Georgia BioBusiness Center is located on the University of Georgia's campus about 90 minutes away from Atlanta in Athens, Ga. The center was founded in 2000 to help start-up bioscience companies accelerate their growth by providing access to business resources, support services, and facilities and equipment. The program works with the university's faculty, staff and students in the fields of medicine, agriculture, bioinformatics and environmental science. The center's VentureLab offers access to experienced business and technical experts, as well as critical early-stage funding.
This tour is sold out.