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Summit Info

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Sunday, Feb. 5

Super Party for the Big Game
Champions Sports Bar, Tampa Marriot Waterside Hotel
700 S. Florida Ave.

5 p.m.

Football fans, don't miss the Big Game. Meet up with your colleagues at Champions Sports Bar... and maybe sport some gear from your home team to get the conversations started. Informal event; You are responsible for your expenses.

Monday, Feb. 6

Registration and Breakfast
Bayshore East
8 – 9 a.m.

Opening Session and Introduction to the Summit
Bayshore East
9 – 10:30 a.m.

This session helps summit participants get to know each other better, with a focus on identifying common interests, challenges and opportunities.

10:30 – 11 a.m.

Accelerators and Incubators: A Strategic Conversation
Bayshore East
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Dinah Adkins, President Emeritus, NBIA, Portland, Ore.
Randy Goldsmith, President and CEO, Texas Technology Development Center, San Antonio
Karl LaPan, President and CEO, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Business accelerators such as TechStars and Y Combinator garner much press for their ability to grow start-ups rapidly, but what do they really do? And how can they affect existing incubators, in both good and bad ways? Join this panel for a robust conversation on what accelerators mean for the business incubation community.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

The Public Agenda and Business Incubation
Bayshore East
1:30 – 3 pm

David Monkman, President & CEO, NBIA, Athens, Ohio
Erik Pages, President, EntreWorks Consulting, Arlington, Va.
Brian Darmody, Assistant Vice President for Research & Economic Development, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

Panelists will discuss what forces are shaping the legislative and funding agenda in Washington, D.C., how incubators can stay up-to-date on what is happening there, and how incubation professionals can better inform government stakeholders on the importance of business incubation.

3 – 3:30 p.m.

Summit Showdown
Bayshore East
3:30 – 5 p.m.

Prior to the summit, attendees will be asked to submit details about their program’s most innovative, creative and successful initiative. The top six will be selected to participate in the Summit Showdown.

These six finalists will be asked to produce “term sheets” outlining their innovation. Then, they 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.

Summit Networking Reception

6 – 7 p.m.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk, the host hotel for the summit. Catch up with old friends and make new ones at this informal gathering.

Tampa Dine-around
7:30 p.m.

You are responsible for your expenses.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Bayshore East
8:30 – 9 a.m.

Summit Forum
Bayshore East
9 a.m. – Noon (with break from 10 – 10:30 a.m.)

Focusing on topics suggested by the summit audience, the forum gives everyone a chance to share ideas, thoughts and concerns on the most pressing issues facing our industry today. The summit will close with a discussion of NBIA’s advocacy efforts, during which summit attendees can help shape the direction that NBIA takes in future endeavors.

Contact NBIA

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

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