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NBIA's Sixth Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals

Feb. 5-7, 2012
Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
Tampa, Fla.

I enjoyed the open collaborative discussions. I also like the fact that the attendees are senior and represent experienced incubation programs. – 2011 summit participant

What is the summit?

NBIA’s Sixth Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals is a members-only event for experienced incubation leaders (four years or more in the industry). This advanced forum provides a unique opportunity for veteran leaders to discuss, debate and exchange ideas about innovation, entrepreneurship and business incubation.

Attend the summit and you will have the opportunity to:

  • Inform. The strength of the summit is its participants who share their expertise in all things incubation. Past summit attendees say the new ideas they acquired at the event are invaluable. Your innovative ideas will add to that value!
  • Learn. The summit gives you the opportunity to learn from other high-level professionals with proven track records of success. You’ll come away from the event with a variety of tools to improve your program.
  • Interact. No need to go it alone when dealing with the challenges and opportunities of business incubation. The summit gives you a chance to network and brainstorm with other industry veterans who share your experience and skills. This event is not for amateurs!
  • Enjoy. The Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel is on the Hillsborough River and minutes from the white-sand beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. You’re also near the Tampa Museum of Art, Lykes Gaslight Square Park and Ybor City – the area’s historic Latin Quarter and premier entertainment district. Also nearby are the Port of Tampa, the Florida Aquarium and Raymond James Stadium – home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Programmed by Advanced Managers for Advanced Managers

The Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals is designed to allow business incubation experts to exchange knowledge and ideas about the industry. Every participant will have the opportunity to make the summit personally meaningful and valuable by sharing their interests, experience and expertise to guide the discussions.

NEW! Summit Showdown

The purpose of the summit is to provide a gathering place for experienced incubator managers to share lessons learned and ideas for advancing the industry. Past summit participants have said the reason they attend the summit is to take home new ideas to try in their incubation programs. Whether it's a new strategy for incubator sustainability, a technique for coaching clients or a tip for cutting expenses related to managing facilities, there is something for everyone.

In recognition of the incubation community's ingenuity, NBIA has created a fun new way to share innovative ideas through the Summit Showdown. After you register for the event, you will have the opportunity to submit your program's most innovative, creative and successful initiative. The top three submissions will pitch to a group of "investors" selected from the summit audience. After a round of questions, the "investors" will choose how much they would pay for each innovation, and the idea receiving the most "investment" will win. The winner of the Summit Showdown gets a free registration to NBIA's 26th International Conference on Business Incubation in Atlanta in May … and a free hotel suite at the event. Click here for details.

Register now

The summit is open to all NBIA members who have worked in the incubation industry for at least four years. Registration is capped at 75 attendees, so sign up today to reserve your spot.

Click here to register now. We’ll see you in Tampa!

Contact NBIA

Phone: (740) 593-4331
Fax: (740) 593-1996
PO Box 959
Athens, OH 45701-1565

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