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Summit Info


Sunday, Jan. 31

Registration and opening reception:
5-7 p.m.

All attendees are invited to gather on Sunday evening for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Stop in at the registration table and then join the party to connect with old friends and meet new ones.

Monday, Feb. 1

Introduction and orientation
After a continental breakfast, the morning’s activities will begin with a brief introduction and orientation session. NBA’s new president & CEO, David Monkman, will make opening remarks.

Breakout session one: Trends in entrepreneurial support
Incubators are often the hub of entrepreneurial activity in their communities. What are the trends shaping the entrepreneurial landscape? What are the new opportunities for incubators?

This session will include two short presentations followed by a small-group strategy session. The goal of these discussions is to produce effective strategies to help incubator managers stay on top of an ever-changing marketplace.

Luncheon and keynote speaker:
Incubation, Innovation & Entrepreneurial Spirit — Creating the Environment for Success

Dr. Scott Koerwer, deputy dean of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., will lead an interactive presentation exploring the ways incubators can enable the innovation and entrepreneurship necessary to start-up success. Koerwer will draw from his experience as both an entrepreneur and an educator to cover topics such as encouraging creativity, being aware of emotional intelligence, having a disciplinary mindset and more. You’ll enjoy this unique opportunity to think through new ways to improve the environment at your incubator and increase your clients’ potential for success.

Breakout session two: Program innovations
The summit audience includes some of the most creative and innovative minds in the incubation industry. During this session, participants will have the opportunity to share some of those innovative ideas with peers. Before the event, NBIA will ask registrants to submit information about the most successful and innovative ideas they have implemented in their programs. Details should include what problems these ideas solved and what lessons incubator managers learned from these initiatives.

NBIA staff will select some of the most interesting ideas for small group discussion during this portion of the summit. Each group will be asked to choose a “best of the best” innovation and present it to the full audience.

Happy hour
After a long day of learning, brainstorming and sharing ideas, join colleagues for a drink in the hotel bar.

Savannah dine-around
Let NBIA make your dinner plans for you. We’ll make reservations at different area restaurants – all you have to do is sign up for one and then join colleagues for a meal and conversation.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Breakfast with David Monkman,

David Monkman, NBIA’s president and CEO since August, has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and a specialist in emerging businesses and financial analyst, including ten years working in south Asia, southern Africa and western Europe. David holds a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics and has worked for the United States Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the European Commission and different trade associations in other markets.

During this breakfast Q&A session, attendees will have the opportunity to hear more about David’s experiences and how they affect his view of the business incubation community. Participants also will have the chance to ask questions and share their own views.

Breakout session three: Incubation 2020
Incubators have come a long way since the first U.S. program was founded in 1959, and they continue to evolve. This moderator-led session will feature small-group problem solving, games and larger group discussions as the summit audience looks to the future and visualizes what incubation will look like in the next decade.

Contact NBIA

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

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