Highlights and Activities
Sunday, May 18
New Orleans City Park Tour
Join this guided tour to experience New Orleans history, culture and atmosphere in just a few short hours. After boarding the bus with your boxed lunch (included in the registration fee), you’ll take a ride through the French Quarter, through Treme and Mid-City, with a guide providing local insights on the area. The bus will stop at St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, where beautiful marble and stone grave markings tell pieces of the city’s rich history. The tour will then travel through City Park, the fifth largest urban park and home to the largest collection of mature oaks in the world. Everyone will disembark at the Sculpture Garden, which features 60 sculptures placed throughout five acres of meandering footpaths, reflecting pools and foliage indigenous to the region. Once the buses are loaded again, the tour will go through the Carollton, University and Uptown areas, as well as the Garden and Warehouse districts before returning to the hotel.
NBIA New Member/Nonmember Reception
If you’re a new NBIA member or interested in learning more about us, attend the New Member/Nonmember Reception. A round-robin with longtime NBIA members and board members will provide a quick introduction to NBIA leaders, explain how to get the most from your membership and jump-start your conference networking. Immediately following this event, head to the opening reception with new friends and colleagues.
Opening Reception and NBIA Expo
Don’t miss the official kickoff event for NBIA’s conference. If you didn’t participate in the Preconference Institute, your first stop is the registration desk, where you’ll collect your name badge and materials and get answers to any conference-related questions you might have. After that, meet other incubation industry professionals and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Check out the NBIA Bookstore for books on incubation and entrepreneurial support, and be sure to visit the NBIA Expo, where our exhibitors offer products and services that help you provide better support to entrepreneurs.
Monday, May 19
Networking Breakfast and NBIA Expo
Join us for breakfast and you’ll make key connections to carry throughout the conference – and perhaps your career. Chat with colleagues who have similar interests and challenges, such as university relationships, rural strategies, crowdsourcing, accelerators and more. If you’re not feeling chatty, browse the NBIA Bookstore, stop by the NBIA Expo or simply enjoy the continental breakfast.
Luncheon With Keynote Address: John Danner
John Danner is a senior fellow with the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of California Berkeley's Haas School of Business and a visiting professor of entrepreneurship at Princeton University. Having been involved with start-ups as an entrepreneur, advisor and investor, he also is a senior moderator with the Aspen Institute's executive and global leadership program. Currently, Danner is co-authoring a book on failure and its significance for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Meet in the lobby at 4 p.m. to attend a tour of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, a wet-lab business incubator focused on the commercialization of university life-science technologies. Opened in 2011, this 66,000-square-foot facility is located in downtown New Orleans, only steps from the business community and the historic French Quarter. This LEED Gold facility offers state-of-the-art lab, offices and conference facilities and is currently home to more than 40 different companies with a wide variety of technologies, including drug development, medical devices and environmental remediation. The New Orleans BioInnovation Center is a private not-for-profit and was started by Louisiana Economic Development as a part of a statewide network of incubators focused on the life sciences.
Tuesday, May 20
NBIA Awards Luncheon
Help NBIA honor the industry’s top incubation programs, incubation networks, clients and graduates at this celebratory luncheon. The NBIA Incubation 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.
Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while mingling with NBIA’s supporters. Learn more about the services they provide to make your job easier and help you support entrepreneurs. NBIA’s partners offer NBIA members discounts and special pricing on goods and services, and some of our partners extend special pricing and services to incubator clients.
Wednesday, May 21
Meet in the lobby at 1 p.m. for a tour and reception at the Louisiana Business & Technology Center. Located on the 250-acre LSU Innovation Park at Louisiana State University, the 30,000-square-foot LBTC facility is home to approximately 38 clients and has graduated nearly 170 companies since its inception in 1988. In 2005, LBTC was selected as NBIA’s Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year, and the center is credited with creating more than 9,200 jobs for Louisiana. In 2013, the LBTC celebrated its 25th anniversary and honored the outstanding graduate companies during this tenure. Several of these graduate companies have more than 200 employees and are generating millions of dollars in annual sales. In addition, the LBTC opened its state-of-the-art “LSU Student Incubator” in 2010, which houses 31 current student companies. Nearly 20 companies have graduated from the student incubator and are now viable businesses operating in the region.
After touring the incubator facilities, everyone will gather on the grounds of LBTC for a Louisiana-style party. Louisiana is known for its cuisine, and you will not go hungry at this event. LBTC will provide an authentic menu of bayou favorites, including crawfish, fried catfish, alligator and a smorgasbord of Creole and Cajun foods. Enjoy the unique regional cuisine while jamming to live Cajun music at LBTC’s park-like property. Sorry, no alligator wrestling included.