ICBI33 Agenda


You won’t want to miss a thing!


Saturday, April 13

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. – Preconference Breakfast (preconference attendees only)
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Preconference Courses (additional fee required)
– ECM Course 1: Fostering Your Entrepreneurship Center’s Role in the Community
– Developing an Innovator Mindset
– Developing and Maintaining a Successful Mentoring Program

Sunday, April 14

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. – Preconference Breakfast (preconference attendees only)
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Preconference Courses and Opportunities (additional fee required)
– ECM Course 2: Finance and Operations for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Centers
– Innovative Leadership
– Metrics that Matter
– Business Innovation Global (BIG) Summit
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – ICBI33 Orientation
5:30 – 7 p.m. – Opening Reception


Monday, April 15

7-8 a.m. – Breakfast
8-9 a.m. – ICBI33 Ecosystem Hackathon
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Concurrent sessions
11 – 12:15 p.m. – Concurrent sessions
12:15 – 2 p.m. – Luncheon with keynote presentation
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. – Concurrent sessions
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. – Discussion groups

Tuesday, April 16

7-8 a.m. – Breakfast
8-9 a.m. – Keynote speaker
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Concurrent sessions
11 – 12:15 p.m. – Concurrent sessions
12:15 – 2 p.m. – Luncheon with keynote presentation
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. – Concurrent sessions
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. – Discussion groups
5 – 7 p.m. InBIA Celebration

Wednesday, April 17

7- 8 a.m. – Breakfast
9 – 10 a.m. – ICBI33 One Million Cups
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Innovation Tour

Track Descriptions

Operating Sustainable Entrepreneurship Centers

This track will cover the nuts and bolts of running an entrepreneurship center, from securing program funding to managing a facility to working with stakeholders and more. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Securing federal resources
  • Innovative revenue models
  • Tracking and reporting metrics
  • Marketing (traditional and digital)
  • Pricing models
  • Scaling an entrepreneurship support program
  • Pipeline development/client recruitment


Serving Entrepreneurs

The primary goal of an entrepreneurship center is to help entrepreneurs succeed, and this track will explore the most effective programs and services for achieving that goal. Sessions will cover best practices for working with entrepreneurs to ensure their startups become viable businesses that contribute to local economies. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Specialized funding sources such as SBIR/STTR
  • Creating mentor networks
  • Effective programs and services
  • Entrepreneurial education programs
  • Alternative funding sources (i.e. crowdfunding)
  • Corporate partnerships
  • Creating an internal culture to foster innovation and connection

Industry Trends and Innovations

Entrepreneurial support professionals from all over the globe gather at the InBIA conference to explore and discuss the latest ideas and trends in the industry. The sessions in this track will highlight these current trends and identify the latest tools and strategies people are using to create successful programs. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Corporate investment in entrepreneurship centers
  • Opportunities in business services
  • Logistics and supply chain needs
  • Manufacturing inclusion
  • Innovative solutions to common challenges


Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Establishing and growing a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem is widely recognized as the key to creating regional prosperity through new job growth. These sessions will explore the elements and strategies for building successful entrepreneurial ecosystems in any community. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Effective super hub models
  • Innovation districts
  • Creating partnerships
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem mapping
  • Strategies for engaging community stakeholders
  • Policies that drive new business creation
  • Opportunity zones
  • Activating startup culture


Specialty Entrepreneurship Centers

Many entrepreneurship centers focus on specific industries, and therefore have unique challenges and opportunities. At the InBIA conference, people from these sectors have the opportunity to learn more about working within their specific industries and to connect with others doing similar work. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Food/kitchen programs
  • Rural challenges
  • Biotech programs
  • Clean tech programs
  • Arts and fashion programs
  • University and student programs


ICBI33 Keynotes


ICBI33 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.

Mary Grove

Mary Grove is a Partner at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Fund where she is focused on investments as well as managing the engagement platform to support the Rise of the Rest portfolio. Prior to joining Revolution, Mary spent 14 years at Google in Silicon Valley, New York City, and Zurich. She was the founding Director of Google for Entrepreneurs and led the company's global efforts to support entrepreneurs and communities in over 100 countries. She also led New Business Development partnerships and worked on the company's IPO deal team. Mary is the co-founder of Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire young Minnesotans from economically underserved communities toward futures in tech. Mary has served on the Boards and Advisory Boards of the Techstars Foundation, Astia, UP Global, and the Stanford Alumni Association. She earned her BA and MA from Stanford University. Mary lives in Minneapolis with her husband Steve and their two year old twins.

Melissa Kjolsing

Melissa Kjolsing (coal-sing)

Melissa Kjolsing (coal-sing) is the cofounder and CEO of Recovree, a technology and services company dedicated to helping more people find recovery from substance use disorder through peer relationships. Working with employers, Recovree provides peer recovery coaching services to support employees that are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

Prior to launching Recovree, Melissa was the founding managing director of Lunar Startups, an incubator for underestimated entrepreneurs powered by the Knight Foundation and American Public Media. She also led the MN Cup for five years, the largest statewide startup competition in the country. She is responsible for scaling the program and positioning it as one of the pillars in Minnesota's startup ecosystem.

Melissa has a background in business development and marketing having worked for The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the biosciences in Minnesota. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

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