Time and travel constraints are the bane of many busy incubator executives, but the astute cadre who attend NBIA’s Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals find it to be well worth their investment.
The event is unparalleled – a members-only forum for experienced incubation leaders with four years or more in the industry. Now in its seventh year, the summit provides a highly useful peer-learning experience for industry professionals, combining preselected high-interest topics with on-site discussions.
Past attendees laud the deep-drilling of pertinent industry topics, saying this event is both encouraging and stimulating. “The summit challenges me to think differently about my business and provokes me to try new things. This is my favorite event for pushing my personal thinking,” said one 2012 attendee.
Panel presentations and informal roundtable discussions anchor the event. Topics range from broad-spectrum issues to more specific themes, including trends in business incubation and entrepreneurship, the increasing popularity of “multi-platform” or “big tent incubation,” leading research into the use of space and generational shifts in the workplace, and current application of industry best practices.
Every day, incubation professionals make decisions based on their knowledge of the current and potential business climate and the needs of the entrepreneurs they serve. Join industry leaders to discuss the benefits, limitations and challenges of new opportunities in incubation such as innovation networks, access to capital and accelerator programming.
The event opens with a reception Sunday night, followed by expert presentations and moderated and informal sessions on Monday and Tuesday. Finally, back by popular demand will be the Summit Showdown, an interactive event where selected managers compete for “investment” from summit attendees by sharing their most innovative program ideas. The winner will receive an iPad mini and a free registration to NBIA’s 27th International Conference on Business Incubation in Boston in April.
If you are a leader in business incubation, the summit provides a forum to vet ideas with an accomplished cohort of industry professionals and to learn from the best and brightest minds in your field. The event fosters a cooperative atmosphere for networking, support and enthusiasm.
The 2013 summit is scheduled for Jan. 26 – at The Huntley Hotel and the Turnstone WorkLife Center in Santa Monica, Calif., hosted by NBIA partner Turnstone, a Steelcase Company. Participants can stroll to the WorkLife Center from the luxurious Huntley Hotel in a three-minute walk on Santa Monica State Park Beach or along the city’s tree-lined sidewalks. For more details or to register, visit www.nbiasummit.org.—Bridget Lair
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