33rd International Conference on Business Incubation



April 13 – 17, 2019 | Minneapolis, MN | Hilton Minneapolis


Preconference Training Courses: April 13 – 14

Main Conference: April 14 – 17


About ICBI

For more than three decades, InBIA’s International Conference on Business Incubation (ICBI) has been bringing together the people who champion entrepreneurship around the globe to form connections, share ideas, gather resources, and reinvigorate professional perspectives. As the industry has grown and changed, so has the association, with an initial membership of mostly business incubator mangers in 1985, to a current membership representing incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces, super hubs, university entrepreneurship centers, economic development centers, and more.

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. ICBI 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. ICBI is the connecting point for people helping entrepreneurs succeed, and we are looking forward to our 33rd gathering in 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Featured 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.

More Keynotes to be announced soon!

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