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2018 Summer Online ECM Certificate Schedule

May 22 - August 12


InBIA’s online ECM Certificate Program offers you the ultimate flexibility to fit professional development into your busy life. Complete your certificate from the comfort of your own office or home. Below is the Summer 2018 course schedule.

Course #1: Fostering Your Entrepreneurship Center’s Role in Your Community

Summer Dates: May 22 – June 4

  • This course begins with a baseline lesson plan around Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development 101- attendees will learn how their existing or new centers will fit within the greater context of their communities’ existing assets while meeting gaps identified by funders and entrepreneurs. Once clear differentiations and value propositions to the communities are established, attendees will develop or refine their business models. Additional topics from these elements will then move on to potential client targeted outreach campaigns, community relations with a number of stakeholders, setting graduation criteria, and the development of critical metrics/key performance indicators.

Course #2: Finance and Operations for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Centers

Summer Dates: June 11 – June 24

  • This course helps entrepreneurship center managers find the right mix of diverse funding sources to best keep operations running smoothly and sustainably. Participants will learn about and receive sample templates of member/tenant, private corporate sponsor/donor, and self-funding models, in addition to introductory content on how to tackle grant or other government funding pursuits. Attendees will also learn to develop or refine their budgets to meet their major operational expenses. Major operations topics include methodologies for onboarding, then tracking the progress of clients; best practices for maintaining client/tenant interactions; and how to create documentation around these concepts. Finally, course attendees will work through the creation of staffing plans and learn employee retention tactics.

Course #3: Building Profitable Programs That Serve Entrepreneurs

Summer Dates: July 9 – July 22

  • This course enables entrepreneurship center managers to implement best practices from throughout the industry to ensure their center is providing high-impact programs and services. This course focuses on the development and deployment of relevant services and programs to various target client portfolios (i.e. sector-specific, focused on a particular demographic, etc.), as well as how to establish effective resource or mentor networks. Program managers will be able to show stakeholders and potential clients the connection between the services they offer and the value they provide startups. They will also learn how to properly allocate resources across programs to aid companies in various stages, and receive an introduction on how to set up various small business fund mechanisms.

Course #4: Brick and Mortar Entrepreneurship Centers 

Summer Dates: July 30 – August 12

  • No matter where in the world your center is located, if you have or are planning to have an entrepreneurship center with a  brick and mortar facility, this course will teach you how to select, manage and maximize your site. Topics covered include best practices for site selection, necessary facility specifications, operational agreements, furniture/fixture/equipment (FF&E) selection and budgeting, maintenance, and service contracting. Course participants will have access to sector-specific catalogs of recommendations from experienced peers, ensuring they meet the specific needs of cleantech, biotech, ICT, advanced manufacturing, and other types of companies, enabling them to high growth through the use of shared capital equipment. The course will also provide tips on how space design and layout can maximize program revenues and how building systems can save energy. Participants will be able to outline standard maintenance and operations procedures, outsourcing, contracts, and other practices for a multi-company facility. ***NOTE: Entrepreneurship center staff who are not developing centers with brick and mortar facilities, can replace this course with an elective from the Specialty course catalogue to complete their certificates.

Please contact [email protected] for questions on enrollment or the online ECM Certificate Program.


ECM Course #4: Brick and Mortar Entrepreneurship Centers (Summer 2018)$550.00


May 22
August 12
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Michelle Staley, Ph.D
407.965.5653 x514