2019 Online ECM Certificate Schedule
September 17 - December 8$550 - $2000
InBIA’s Entrepreneurship Center Management (ECM) Certificate Program provides a comprehensive guide to all components of entrepreneurship center (EC) management and explores all stages of center development from building a center and or program from scratch, securing funding, facility management, and much more. With more than 1,500 entrepreneurship program managers graduates, the ECM Certificate Program has been providing practitioners with the foundational knowledge and resources they need to run successful programs for more than a decade.
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 2019 Fall course schedule.
***PLEASE NOTE: ECM Course 2 and 3 content have been switched in the order the courses are provided, to enhance your learning experience. If you have already taken part of the Certificate program already, please check with our Education staff to ensure you take the correct courses to complete your certificate.
ECM Course 1: Fostering Your Entrepreneurship Center’s Role in Your Community
Fall Dates: September 17 – September 29
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 differentiation 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.
*NEW ORDER OF CERTIFICATE PROGRAM – ECM Course 2: Building Profitable Programs That Serve Entrepreneurs
Fall Dates: October 8 – October 20
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.
*NEW ORDER OF CERTIFICATE PROGRAM – ECM Course 3: Finance and Operations for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Centers
Fall Dates: October 29 – November 10
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.
ECM Course 4: Space Design, Software, and Other Ways to Streamline Operations
Fall Dates: November 19 – December 8
No matter what provisions you offer or where in the world your center is located, this course will teach you how to design and streamline your behind-the-scenes operations and, in most cases, the physical location and space itself, to help you deliver the experience that ensures your participants thrive. Whether you are offering services in your own brick and motor, at partner or public locations, or a hybrid of these approaches, this course will teach you how to select, manage and maximize your location(s) and your processes for management and monetization. Topics covered include creating your culture with space, leveraging multiple locations, client relations and communications infrastructure, best practices for site selection, space monetization, translating your business model into space requirements, design considerations, furniture/fixture/equipment (FF&E) selection for all budgets, software solutions and IT, metrics that matter, KPIs, and meaningful reporting. Course participants will have access to sector-specific catalogs of recommendations from experienced peers for the specific needs of cleantech, biotech, ICT, advanced manufacturing, and more, enabling them to high growth through the use of shared capital equipment. The course will conclude with a capstone workshop where participants will share their most pressing challenges and engage in a collaborative discussion where everyone benefits as they learn about real life solutions to problems they may currently share or may encounter in the future.
Please contact [email protected] for questions on enrollment or the online ECM Certificate Program.