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Program Requirements

NBIA Certificate Program Program participants must attend four daylong workshops to complete the certificate. The workshops include The Fundamentals of Incubator Management, Serving Client Companies, Facilities Management and Entrepreneurship. If applicable, participants can take the course Developing a Successful Entrepreneurial Support Program in place of The Fundamentals of Incubator Management (does not apply to any other workshops). NBIA offers a combination of these workshops at the Preconference Institute held in conjunction with the conference every spring and the Training Institute held in the fall. See our events page for specific information about upcoming workshop opportunities.

To complete the certificate, you must be an NBIA member and be enrolled in the program.


Developing a Successful Entrepreneurial Support Program
This workshop covers the basics of how to plan and develop the platform for fostering entrepreneurship that is best for a specific region. Presenters will cover the growing number of options that exist in the rapidly evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem, such as incubation, acceleration, coworking, maker/hacker space, popup and demonstration space. Topics will include defining program goals and objectives, identifying market opportunities, establishing value for clients, staffing, assessing physical space needs, and creating budgets.

The Fundamentals of Incubator Management
This workshop covers the numerous challenges faced by incubator managers, from defining a mission and governance structure to achieving financial self-sustainability. Topics include establishing policies, recruiting clients, developing graduation criteria, generating revenue, handling leases and other agreements, and more.

Serving Client Companies
This workshop covers the programs and services an incubator offers as well as best practices for coaching clients. Specific topics include teaching business basics, creating service provider networks, setting up financing programs, sharing services and space, and more.

Facilities Management
This workshop addresses various aspects of overseeing the operation of the building that houses an incubation program. Topics include managing lease agreements, collecting rents and service fees, cutting costs in innovative ways, and more.

This workshop encourages greater understanding of the business creation process by first examining the concept of entrepreneurship and then exploring the start-up company life cycle. Topics include the definition of entrepreneurship, characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, how to encourage local and global entrepreneurial activity, current and alternative start-up models, and more. 

If you started the certificate program prior to June 2012, click here for more information about recent changes to this program and to learn about your requirements for program completion.

Contact NBIA

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