InBIA will host its 38th annual International Conference on Business Incubation (ICBI38)  in San Antonio, Texas, from April 14-17. Reflecting on my experience attending ICBI for the past 20 years, this event has consistently proven to be transformative and a cornerstone of my professional development as both an entrepreneur support practitioner and an entrepreneurship ecosystem builder.

ICBI stands out as one of the largest in-person gatherings dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship. While it offers myriad benefits common to such conferences, what distinguishes ICBI is its unique ability to provide a holistic view of the state of practice in entrepreneur support and entrepreneurship ecosystem building while also offering tangible takeaways for immediate application.

For those seeking a comprehensive understanding of the entrepreneurial landscape, ICBI attracts practitioners from all over the United States and more than 20 countries across the globe. This diverse group serves companies ranging from technology-centric startups to mainstream and traditional enterprises, located in various types of communities from rural to suburban, or urban settings.

ICBI’s strength lies in its showcase of more than 30 sessions and interactive discussions, presenting proven strategies and tactics in entrepreneur support and ecosystem building. The conference covers a spectrum of topics, from the fundamental aspects of establishing support programs to nurturing thriving entrepreneurship ecosystems. This inclusivity ensures relevance for a broad audience, providing insights for every stage of entrepreneurial development. Check out our Agenda for ICBI38

What sets ICBI apart is its practitioner-focused approach, emphasizing the collection of tangible takeaways that directly impact professional practices. Attendees can expect actionable ideas, insights, and strategies grounded in industry-specific examples. The conference’s call for proposals attracts accomplished practitioners and thought leaders who contribute to the richness of discussions and ensure that attendees leave with valuable solutions to real-world challenges.

As someone who has often returned from ICBI with pages of notes containing potential solutions to pressing issues, I can attest to the conference’s efficacy in delivering practical and applicable takeaways. The practitioner’s focus is integral to the ICBI experience, reinforcing its status as a premier event in the world of entrepreneurship support.

For a glimpse into the type of takeaways one can expect, explore the Convening to Impact Toolkit, highlighting resources shared during previous InBIA convenings. 

In April, ICBI38 promises to be another milestone in advancing the field of entrepreneurship, fostering collaboration, and equipping professionals with the tools they need for success. Join us in San Antonio for an unparalleled experience that goes beyond the traditional conference model, offering a deep dive into the ever-evolving landscape of entrepreneur support and ecosystem building.


See you there!!!