This event was held April 26-29 in Denver, Colo., and brought together more than 600 incubation and entrepreneurial support professionals from all over the world. With eight full-day workshops, nearly 60 educational sessions and numerous networking events, the event was a must for anyone engaged in the business of helping entrepreneurs thrive. The event also included tours to the Innovation Pavilion
, Fitzsimons Innovation Campus
, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
NBIA KEYNOTE – March 12, 2015
The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) held its University Startups Conference and Global 1000 Meet | Partner | Deal
event in Washington, D.C. recently, and Karl LaPan, NBIA’s interim president and CEO and immediate past board chair, gave one of the keynote addresses. Karl’s talk was structured around what he calls the 4-5-3:
- 4 distinctive elements that define business incubation
- 5 reasons participants in the entrepreneurial ecosystem should engage with business incubation programs
- 3 additional connected but disparate thoughts
read the full transcript of Karl’s remarks.
Oct. 6-8, 2014
This event, held in Portland, Ore., brought together 145 people from nine different countries to participate in in-depth workshops on topics such as revenue generation, coaching clients, creating a seed accelerator, managing a university program and more. Several attendees also completed requirements of the NBIA Certificate of Incubator Management, and all had the opportunity to learn about the Portland entrepreneurial ecosystem during a tour of the Portland State University Business Accelerator
, featuring the OTRADI Bioscience Incubator
New Orleans, Louisiana
May 18-21, 2014
NBIA conducted its 28th International Conference on Business Incubation in May, bringing together almost 550 economic development professionals from around the globe. Held in New Orleans, the conference offered nearly 60 educational sessions, two keynote presentations, New Orleans BioInnovation Center
tour, Louisiana Business and Technology Center
tour, and many networking activities.
Fort Worth, Texas
Oct. 7-9, 2013
This event brought together 125 incubation and economic development professionals from around the world for in-depth training workshops and intimate networking opportunities. Three of the four certificate workshops – The Fundamentals of Incubator Management, Serving Client Companies and Facilities Management – were offered, as well as workshops on topics including developing an incubator, helping clients secure funding, and marketing. This year's institute also featured a unique two-track workshop that explored different aspects of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including coworking space, accelerators, angel networks, international incubation, student entrepreneurship and economic gardening. In the evenings, attendees had the opportunity to tour Tech Fort Worth and meet the vendors during a special reception.
Boston, Mass. April 7-10, 2013
In one of the largest-ever NBIA conferences, more than 635 industry professionals from 43 countries convened at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Attendees heard from three keynote speakers; interacted with more than 130 session presenters; and took part in several plenary discussions, including a breakfast where they could network by topic. They also toured the following area incubation and accelerator programs: MassChallenge
, the Cambridge Innovation Center
, North Shore InnoVentures
and the Venture Development Center
at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Santa Monica, Calif.
Jan. 27-29, 2013
NBIA’s Seventh Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals, organized for members with four or more years of experience in the incubation industry, was held at the Turnstone WorkLife Center and The Huntley Hotel. This event provided attendees with a unique forum to hear expert panels and discuss with fellow industry veterans new ideas about the field’s most pressing topics and trends. Highlights included Turnstone presentations on effective use of space and discussions on entrepreneurship research, “big tent” business incubation and more.
Milwaukee, Wis. Oct. 1-3, 2012
This event provided 125 business incubation professionals with in-depth training on indispensable topics like facilities management and fundraising as well as timely niche topics such as best practices for supporting kitchen, veteran and rural entrepreneurs. After the workshops ended each day, attendees took part in networking activities, including a vendor reception and a dine-around of restaurants along the award-winning Milwaukee Riverwalk.
May 6-9, 2012
Nearly 600 attendees from 28 countries attended the 26th International Conference on Business Incubation in Atlanta. Highlights included more than 60 sessions, two keynote addresses and tours of three area incubators: the Advanced Technology Development Center
, Gwinnett Innovation Park
and the Georgia Biobusiness Center
Feb. 5-7, 2012
NBIA’s Sixth Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals provided a unique opportunity for those with at least four years’ experience in the industry to network and brainstorm ideas about business incubation. Highlights included discussions about industry advocacy efforts and the relationship between business incubators and accelerators, as well as a Summit Showdown, in which participants competed to present the most innovative incubation initiative.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Oct. 3-5, 2011
More than 130 attendees from six countries participated in workshops on popular topics in incubation – such as client services, incubation business models and opportunities for incubator funding – at NBIA’s 21st Fall Training Institute. Highlights of the event included a welcome by Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce Dave Lopez, a dine-around of local restaurants, and a tour and reception at i2E
, a nonprofit corporation focused on growing technology-based companies in Oklahoma and positively influencing the state’s economy.
Baton Rouge, La.
May 24-25, 2011
This first-time event was held in conjunction with the Clean Energy Alliance and hosted by the Louisiana Business & Technology Center. During the two-day training, 35 participants learned about various CECT sectors, clean-tech incubation programs and services, sources of funding for programs and clients, and ways to network and partner to become more sustainable. Highlights included a tour and reception at LBTC and a keynote presentation by Jay Dardenne, lieutenant governor of Louisiana.
San Jose, Calif.
April 10-13, 2011
More than 550 incubation and economic development professionals attended NBIA’s 25th International Conference on Business Incubation in San Jose. Highlights of the conference included a reception at the Tech Museum and tours of the Environmental Business Cluster
, San Jose BioCenter
and Plug and Play Tech Center
Las Vegas, Nev.
Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2011
NBIA's Fifth Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals provided a unique opportunity for experienced leaders to discuss, debate and exchange ideas about the business incubation industry. Highlights of the summit in Las Vegas included peer conference sessions, a keynote address featuring Innovation America's President and CEO Richard Bendis and a group discussion of new NBIA initiatives.
Sept. 13-15, 2010
At NBIA’s 20th Fall Training Institute in Philadelphia, more than 115 attendees from around the world received in-depth training on sponsorship, facilities management, peak program performance and more. After the workshops, attendees networked with peers, as they explored the city’s historic areas or strolled along the Delaware River.
May 16-19, 2010
More than 530 incubation and economic development professionals from around the world came together in Orlando for the 2010 International Conference on Business Incubation. This year marked NBIA’s 25th anniversary, and the conference provided a special opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of the last quarter century.
Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2010
NBIA’s Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals is designed to meet the unique training and networking needs of incubation professionals who have been members of NBIA for five years or more. In Savannah, summit participants discussed trends in entrepreneurial support and program innovations, and they had the opportunity to exchange views on the industry with NBIA’s President & CEO David Monkman.
Nov. 16-18, 2009
Sunny Phoenix was home to NBIA’s 19th Fall Training Institute. More than 140 incubation and economic development professionals from around the world attended in-depth workshops. Attendees learned strategies for developing an incubator, advancing an already existing program and more.
Kansas City, Mo.
April 19-22, 2009
NBIA’s 23rd International Conference on Business Incubation took place April 19-22, 2009, at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. The event featured more than 60 educational sessions, roundtable discussions and forums, as well as incubator tours and networking activities.
New Orleans, La.
Oct. 13-15, 2008
More than 130 business incubation professionals from around the world met in New Orleans Oct. 13-15 to gain new skills, network with colleagues, tour Baton Rouge incubators and discover the festive spirit of the French Quarter. NBIA thanks our speakers for their insightful sessions, our sponsors for their support and our attendees for their participation.
San Antonio, Texas
May 4-7, 2008
More than 630 people from 44 countries attended NBIA’s 2008 conference in San Antonio, Texas. Educational sessions, networking and a hotel on the Riverwalk were just a few of the highlights of NBIA’s event in this warm, Southern city.
Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2007
Business incubation practitioners from across the globe met Oct. 30-Nov 1 for NBIA’s 17th Fall Training Institute. Highlights of the event included in-depth training, a tour of the Nashville Business Incubation Center, and plenty of opportunities for networking and fun in Nashville.
April 1-4, 2007
NBIA’s 2007 conference took place in Seattle, Washington, bringing together more than 600 people from 37 countries.
October 25-27, 2006
NBIA held its 16th Fall Training Institute in Denver Oct. 25-27, 2006. Incubation professionals from around the world gathered new information, tools and techniques during the event's workshops, mingled during a sponsor reception and saw incubation in action on a tour of the Denver Enterprise Center.
St. Louis, Missouri
April 30-May 3, 2006
The NBIA staff would like to thank everyone who helped make the 20th International Conference on Business Incubation, held April 30 – May 3 in St. Louis, a success. This event would not have been possible without the work of NBIA Board members, session presenters and other volunteers. We are especially grateful to our local host, the Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprise, and our title sponsor, Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. We also appreciate the help and hospitality offered by other local incubators, including the Center for Emerging Technologies, the St. Louis Enterprise Centers and the Technology Entrepreneur Center.
San Diego, Calif.
October 24-26, 2005
Incubation professionals gathered in sunny San Diego October 24-26, 2005, to participate in the intensive workshops offered during the 15th Fall Training Institute. The event was held at the Catamaran Resort, where attendees had plenty of opportunities to relax at the end of long days of learning and networking.
May 15-18, 2005
Incubation professionals took the opportunity to Dive Right In to the latest industry trends and to network with colleagues from around the world.
NBIA’s 14th annual training institute took place in January, but Austin’s temperate climate made winter bearable. The event included in-depth workshops on business incubation trends, small business assistance strategies and more
April 25-28, 2004
The Power of Supporting Entrepreneurs gave participants the chance to learn how communities throughout the world are adapting the business incubation model to support entrepreneurial development. NBIA and Atlanta welcomed attendees from around the world to this important even
October 22-24, 2003
NBIA's 13th Fall Training Institute provided a forum for those involved in business incubation and entrepreneurship support to enhance their skills, share experiences, and network with colleagues from around the world.
May 18-21, 2003
Incubation Fundamentals: The Cornerstone of Success offered participants opportunities to examine the basic principles on which business incubation was founded, learn about proven methods and discuss important topics of the day.
November 13-15, 2002
Orlando's magical weather and fabled attractions were the perfect backdrop to NBIA’s 2002 Fall Training Institute. More than 150 attendees took part in a series of intensive workshops that showcased cutting-edge information and opportunities to expand professional networks
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
April 28-May 1, 2002
Explore Your World, Enrich Your Community emphasized looking beyond your own perspective to find new ways to lead our industry to success locally and globally
February 10-11, 2002
NBIA's first urban-oriented conference was a professional-development tour de force. Urban renewal enthusiasts from across the country came together to assemble blueprints for their city's revitalization efforts. They learned that, with the right tools, business incubators can help spark an era of sustained wealth generation from within urban neighborhoods.
November 10-12, 2001
As we enter uncertain economic times, small businesses no doubt will continue to play an integral role in fueling the economy. Now, more than ever, those who help small businesses must be prepared to meet the challenges. NBIA gave this year's Fall Training Institute attendees the tools they need to get the job done.
San Jose, Calif.
May 19-22, 2001
The world's largest gathering of business incubation professionals featured educational sessions, preconference workshops, tours of regional incubators, exhibitors and an awards ceremony recognizing notable industry programs and professionals. Hosted by the Pacific Incubation Network.
October 14-17, 2000
NBIA offered three new workshops this year, focusing on developing an incubation program, enhancing leadership skills, and the latest developments in business incubation. Hosted by the North Carolina Technological Development Authority.
May 20-23, 2000
More than 650 conference attendees from 33 nations, 48 states (including Washington, D.C.) and seven Canadian provinces rocked the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel May 20 through May 23. Record-breaking attendance meant sell-out crowds for the preconference workshops and standing room only at many sessions and roundtable discussions.