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NBIA's Eighth Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals - Schedule

Summit Info

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Sunday, Feb. 9

Opening Reception (Twenty-seven – take elevator to 27th floor)
5-7 p.m.

You don’t want to miss the opening reception – it sets the tone for the whole event and provides an opportunity to meet the people you’ll be working with for the next two days. We’ll have drinks, light hors d’oeuvres and a little networking fun, so plan on joining us and making some valuable additions to your contacts list!

Monday, Feb. 10

Registration and Breakfast (Cloister)
8:30-9 a.m.

Summit Welcome and Introductions
9-9:45 a.m.

Great Start-ups, Great Entrepreneurs: Working with the People that Make an Enterprise a Success (Cloister)
10-11:45 a.m.

An estimated 70 percent of start-ups fail, not because of technology or market problems, but because of “people” problems. This session takes an in-depth look at company founders as people and the challenges they face. Learn new strategies and techniques to help your entrepreneurs stay focused, stay creative and succeed.

On the entrepreneurial spirit
: Jerry Ross, executive director, National Entrepreneurship Center, Orlando, Fla.
On creativity and entrepreneurship: Cameron Ford, associate professor for entrepreneurship and innovation, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
On coaching and mentoring: Jim Merrell, president, Ross-Merrell Associates, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Moderator: David Terry, executive director, West Texas A&M University Enterprise Network, Amarillo, Texas

Lunch (Knave/Scribe)
12-1 p.m.

Start-up Financing 2014: New Challenges and Opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Incubators (Cloister)
1:30-3:00 p.m.

Learn about new crowdfunding regulations, strategies for bootstrapping and implications of preseed accelerator deals in this dynamic, interactive session. You’ll hear from a panel of experts and other summit participants on how new companies raise and manage money.

On bootstrapping: John Hanak, statewide director, Purdue Technology Centers, Indianapolis, Ind.
On crowdfunding: Bob Cohen, CEO, Braintree Business Development Center, Mansfield, Ohio
On preseed investment: Terry Howerton, partner, TechNexus, Chicago
Moderator: Tom Strodtbeck, director of events and international programs, National Business Incubation Association, Liverpool, United Kingdom

IgniteIgnite NBIA (Cloister)
3:30-5 p.m.

Ignite events (created by O’Reilly Media, are an international phenomenon, giving participants an opportunity to share their ideas and passions in an exciting, fast-paced format. Speakers create 20 slides, each shown for 15 seconds, giving each speaker five minutes of fame and an opportunity to share their insights, inspiration and ideas with the summit audience. Several summit attendees have volunteered to participate, and the person with the best presentation (as decided by the audience) will win a valuable prize!

Summit Dine-Around (Meet in Lobby)
You don’t need to worry about making dinner plans – NBIA will choose local restaurants in the Disney Boardwalk area (adjacent to the hotel) that you can walk to with a small group of other attendees. Enjoy cuisine and casual conversation with your peers. Reservations are 6:45 p.m., so meet in lobby at 6:30 p.m. Please note: You are responsible to pay for your own meal.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Breakfast with Jasper Welch and Karl LaPan (Cloister)
8:30-9:15 a.m.

Join NBIA President and CEO Jasper Welch and NBIA Board Chair Karl LaPan in a discussion on the future of the incubation industry. How is the landscape changing around us? What are the trends we need to pay attention to? The discussion is sure to be interactive, and all attendees are invited to share their ideas and views on how incubation can stay relevant, dynamic and an effective driver of entrepreneurial success.

Place-based Innovation
9:30-11 a.m.

The final summit session looks at a key development in the arena of entrepreneurial support: the collaborative (and sometimes competing) service offerings targeting entrepreneurs today. Incubators are embracing the challenges that coworking, seed acceleration, hacker spaces and other programs present.

More importantly, incubators are learning from these techniques and using them to augment their service offerings to better serve their communities. This session will take a deep dive into these programs and how incubators can better leverage these new offerings to the benefit of their communities.

On regional networks: Mark Skinner, founding director, Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN), Westerville, Ohio.
On acceleration: Tim Ellis, CEO, Waterloo Accelerator Centre, Waterloo, Ontario
On coworking: Jasper Welch, president and CEO, National Business Incubation Association, Athens, Ohio, and Durango, Colo.
Moderator: Jamie Coughlin, director, New Venture Incubator Programs, Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.


Contact NBIA

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

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