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InBIA is excited to bring BIG Summit back to the 34th International Conference on Business Incubation.

What is BIG Summit?


During BIG Summit, attendees will participate in matchmaking with peers from international organizations to create key partnerships and collaborations to help startups expand into foreign markets. The goal of these meetings is to enhance international collaboration and draft new partnership plans while identifying potential areas of collaboration and exchanges with other small business assistance centers, especially those in the Western Hemisphere (there are grant opportunities currently available to supplement Latin American organizations’ travel).

In addition to the one-on-one matchmaking, this years’ BIG Summit will feature an exciting agenda of speakers and panels covering topics related to collaborating and supporting entrepreneurs across the globe.  These sessions will also highlight relevant organizations and initiatives around Boston and the Northeast U.S.

Regardless of where attendees are traveling from, this is an unparalleled opportunity to establish vital connections with global leaders that will enable early-growth stage companies in your community to expand into international markets.


BIG Summit will be an interactive day to:


  • Learn about sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem models
  • Network with ecosystem builders from across the globe
  • Develop partnerships with peer entrepreneurship centers (attendees are encouraged to organize their profile with the U.S. State Department before BIG Summit begins)
  • Provide a bridge for entrepreneurs to access international markets


Target Audience:

Entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders who are passionate about building international connections.


Expected Audience:

Over 100 entrepreneurial economic development leaders from every region of the world.




12:15pm – 12:30: Registration & Networking

12:30pm-12:45pm: Big Summit Kick Off & Welcoming Remarks

12:45pm – 1:30pm: Panel – Boston’s Internationalization and Soft Landing Community

With its impressive density of leading universities; technology, medical, and financial services companies; intermodal distribution networks; and proximity both to Europe and to a large chunk of the US market, Boston has long been a favorite point of entry for international companies. Join us for this fast-paced panel discussion where we’ll “look under the hood” and reveal the key Boston resources and how the community works together to catalyze US market-entry and help local companies go global. Make sure to come with your questions too.

Moderated by: Bill Kenney, CEO, MEET

Panel members:

  • Steele Divitto, T3 Advisors and Embrace Boston
  • Sarah Delude, International Business Strategy Manager, Global Affairs for the City of Boston
  • Joy Kinnear, UK Department for International Trade

1:30pm – 2:15pm: Panel – Employing the Local Diplomatic Network

This discussion will give participants an understanding of different ways diplomatic networks support businesses from their respective countries in scaling to the United States of America and show different perspectives of the local representations on the working of the Boston ecosystem.

Moderated by: Harriet Cross, Consul General United Kingdom

2:15pm – 2:30pm: Networking Break

2:30pm – 3:15pm: Panel – Geopolotics and the Changing Map of Global Innovation

This panel will discuss the changing geopolitical influences and how these can impact global innovation practices.

Moderated by: Karina Sotnik, Director of Business Incubation and Accelerator Programs, University Science Center

3:15pm – 4:00pm: Panel – Showcasing Global Ecosystem Builders and Initiatives

For entrepreneurs to succeed, they need to flourish within strong ecosystems. Support organizations internationally or the “ecosystem builders” are a key ingredient for this success. This session will highlight the specific needs that can be addressed by ecosystem builders, showcase how they build up robust professional networks, and help to deliver what entrepreneurs need.  A variety of regional approaches, some sector-focused, will be highlighted.  Learn more about how ecosystem builders from all over the globe create connectivity solutions between their stakeholders and develop routes to supports start-up market entry and development.

Moderated by: Robert Sanders, Senior Advisor, EBN & Leena Pishe Thomas, Director and Principal Consultant, Global Business Inroads

4:00pm – 5pm: Matchmaking

5pm – 5:15: Closing Remarks

5:30pm – 7:30pm: ICBI34 Opening Reception