32nd International Conference on Business Incubation



April 21 – 25, 2018 | Dallas, TX | Sheraton Dallas


Preconference Training Courses: April 21 – 22

Main Conference: April 22 – 25


About ICBI32

Every year, more than 600 entrepreneurship support professionals gather at InBIA’s international conference to learn industry best practices and discuss the latest trends in building thriving entrepreneurship ecosystems in which startups grow and thrive. Whether they come from business incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces, super hubs that employ multiple approaches, or nascent programs that haven’t yet settled on an identity, InBIA’s conference attendees are inspired by innovation, and they are driven by helping their entrepreneurs succeed. This year, InBIA’s 32nd International Conference on Business Incubation (ICBI32) will be held in Dallas, Texas, and we are inviting everyone who is in the business of helping entrepreneurs succeed to join us. 

The agenda will feature more than 30 educational sessions, multiple powerful keynote speakers, and several unique opportunities to meet, connect, and collaborate with peers from around the globe. ICBI32 will also provide unprecedented access to important resources and exciting networking opportunities with executives from some of America’s largest corporations, all of whom are looking to connect with innovative entrepreneurs and the organizations that support them.

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Featured Keynotes

ICBI32 will feature inspirational keynote speakers, who will impact the way you think about entrepreneurship and why you do what you do, as well as dozens of presenters and panelists who are industry peers. This all-star line up will share their lessons learned, insights gained, and successful strategies created through experience. For more than 30 years, InBIA’s annual conference has been the premiere event for incubation and other entrepreneurial support professionals. It has become globally recognized as a forum for collaborative sharing of innovative strategies for building high-impact entrepreneurship centers, exploring lessons learned, and tracking trends in entrepreneurial ecosystem development. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with thought leaders and learn what your colleagues are doing to achieve success.

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David Rose

David S. Rose is an Inc. 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur, and super angel investor who has founded or funded over 100 pioneering companies.

He has been described by Forbes as "New York's Archangel", by BusinessWeek as a "world conquering entrepreneur", by Crain's New York Business as "the father of angel investing in New York", and by Red Herring magazine as "patriarch of Silicon Alley". He is the New York Times best selling author of both Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups and The Startup Checklist: 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business.

Melissa L. Bradley

Melissa is a tri-sector leader with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment, and leadership experience. She is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sidecar Social Finance, a social impact agency that provides impact investing advisory and capital services to individuals, institutions, and social enterprises. She is also Founder and Curator of Venture DC/Project 500, a DC-based project that seeks to create equity and opportunity in entrepreneurship through the training and visibility of diverse entrepreneurs aimed at bridging the literal and figurative innovation divide in the city.

Julie Lenzer

As Associate Vice-President of Innovation and Economic Development and Co-Director of UM Ventures, Julie Lenzer is charged with fostering and supporting the development that is currently underway in the UMD Research Park and Greater College Park. She will also promote and facilitate productive, university-wide collaboration to launch startup ventures based upon University intellectual property, as well as maximize synergies between UMD and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to leverage strengths of each and encourage technology commercialization.

Elmira Bayrasli

Elmira Bayrasli is the author of From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places, a book that looks at the rise of entrepreneurship globally. She is also the co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and a professor at Bard College's Global and International Affairs program. She has lived in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina where she was the Chief Spokesperson for the OSCE Mission. From 1994-2000, she was presidential appointee at the U.S. State Department, working for Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrooke, respectively. Elmira is a regular contributor on global entrepreneurship for Techcrunch. She also provides analysis on foreign policy, particularly on Turkey. Her work has appeared in Reuters, Foreign Affairs, Washington Post, Quartz, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Elmira sits on several boards, including Invest2Innovate, Turkish Women's International Network, and Our Secure Future.

Philip J. Romano

Philip J. Romano is an investor, entrepreneur, artist, and nationally-renowned restaurateur. Involved in the restaurant business for over fifty years, he has created over twenty-five concepts with six of them national concepts. Romano currently owns and operates eatZi’s Market & Bakery, Nick & Sam’s Steak & Fish House, Nick & Sam’s Grill, and Coal Vines Pizza.

Romano’s creativity expands beyond restaurants to art. He began painting 30 years ago and never sold a piece of art until 2008. To date, he has sold over $1 million of his own artwork. He partnered with Reflectionist Movement Artist, JD Miller of Dallas, opening Samuel Lynne Galleries. The Gallery features both Romano’s and Miller’s works and an ever expanding list of additional artists, focusing on art of the 21st Century.

He was principal in EGP, a partnership that held the licensing rights to the Palmaz-Schatz Stent, purchased by Johnson & Johnson, Inc. It is said to be one of the most successful medical devices of its time and is considered one of the patents that has changed the world. This was the original stent and has become a $6 billion a year industry.

Philip Romano and his family established a charitable foundation, The Food Foundation, which operates as Hunger Busters and has been in operation for 16 years. Hunger Busters provides food to the hungry and serves over 450,000 meals per year to school children in Dallas.

Romano’s latest venture is Trinity Groves, with approximately 90 acres at the foot of the Calatrava Bridge in Dallas. Fifteen of those acres are dedicated to a restaurant concept incubator creating brands for millennials and to induce entrepreneurs to start businesses and create jobs and tax revenue for the city of Dallas.

Philip Romano’s most recent concept is the Network Bar – a “first of its kind” members only establishment where people can network, connect, socialize, have dinner, and do business all in the same place. The Network Bar opened in October 2017 in Trinity Groves.

A native of New York State, Mr. Romano currently resides in Dallas, Texas.


2018 Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the ICBI32?

InBIA’s International Conference on Business Incubation unites a global community of entrepreneurial ecosystem thought leaders who oversee business incubators, accelerators, and entrepreneurship centers and who drive economic development strategy focused on building entrepreneurial ecosystems in their communities. Attendees come to connect with InBIA’s global community, share ideas to further the entrepreneurial movement, gather new tools and strategies for their programs, collaborate with their peers from around the world, evaluate service providers and strategic partners, and have fun!  Sponsors will have unparalleled access to these attendees, who are responsible for mentoring and coaching the world’s most innovative, emerging companies. Whether you provide a product or service for large coworking facilities (furniture, telecom, etc.) or support infrastructure for sector-specific incubators (i.e. commercial kitchens), or want to directly target thousands of up-and-coming companies, ICBI32 is a great opportunity to reach these highly targeted potential customers under one roof.  Ready to connect with the 600+ people who attend this conference?

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