PRECONFERENCE

-73Days -1Hours -21Minutes -39Seconds

APRIL 13-14, 2019 | MINNEAPOLIS, MN | HILTON MINNEAPOLIS

Join us early to take advantage of in-depth trainings on specialized topics, industry-specific certificate courses, and train-the-trainer bootcamps that will certify you to teach popular entrepreneurship skills and strategies.

Course Offerings

 

Saturday, April 13th

Developing and Maintaining a Successful Mentoring Program

Saturday, April 13
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Providing the right mentors for your clients will improve the impact of your entrepreneurship program. This course will guide you through the fundamentals of managing a powerful mentoring program. You will be guided through each step of recruiting and selecting qualified profiles for your mentor team. You will also learn how to provide proper introduction and training for the selected mentors. The session will take you through the process of screening and selecting client companies for the mentoring program as well as methodologies to do the optimal match making between mentors and clients. You will also receive a framework for setting up the individual meetings between mentor and clients and demonstrating how the status and outcome of the program can easily be measured. The curriculum for this session is based on many years of practical experience on managing mentoring programs for startups. As attendee you will walk away with a clear strategy to launch or adjust your own program avoiding the pitfalls which most mentoring programs face.  This course is part of InBIA’s Specialty Training curriculum – read more about our specialty offerings HERE.

Trainer: Thomas Hordam, Business Developer, DTU – Technical University of Denmark, and Co-Founder, Mentoring Startups, University of Denmark

Entrepreneurship Center Management Course #1: Fostering Your Entrepreneurship Centers Role in the Community

Saturday, April 13
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 pm.

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. This course is part of InBIA’s Entrepreneurship Center Management (ECM) Certificate curriculum – read more about our ECM Certificate program HERE.

Trainer: Carol Lauffer, Principal, Business Cluster Development

NewCo Academy: Developing an Innovator Mindset

Saturday, April 13
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

As an entrepreneurship center manager, you are responsible for member and/or community programming.  Be among the vanguard of your peers offering unique programming by learning how to incorporate the popular Innovator Mindset tool for critical founder soft skill development. This fascinating resource—unlike traditional personality assessment tools—investigates and promotes innovation skills of any business leader. The focus of the first course in this two-part series is to develop the personal attributes of highly successful innovators and entrepreneurs. Prior to supporting their entrepreneurs, attendees will prepare themselves to explore and experiment how to arrive at the answers they need to build and/or sustain their businesses. Attendees will also learn how to help their entrepreneurs enhance their capacity to create, adapt, invent solutions, develop powerful intuitions, test their ideas, learn from experience, and gain new insights—all essential innovation skills. This course is part of InBIA’s NewCo Academy curriculum – read more about our NewCo offerings HERE.

Trainer: Dennis Stauffer, Founder, Innovator Mindset

Launch or Enhance Your Project Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training and become Prepr Certified: Part 1

Saturday, April 13
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

InBIA Partner Offering

Are you looking to bring more engaging and impactful programming to your incubator or entrepreneurship centre? In this course you will be introduced to PIE®; a 3-phase Method that combines Project Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship to build agile teams and take ideas to market in 15-Steps in 90 days or less. Through this two day workshop you will receive hands-on training and certification as a Prepr Certified Educator, along with a PIE Teaching Kit (valued at $599). As part of this training you will learn how to use the many tools available to facilitators, including the PIE Book, PIE Canvases, PIE Minds-on and Method Cards, PIE Workbooks and Overviews, and the teaching presentations to create tailored learning experience for your learners. One of the key benefits of the PIE Method is it’s simplicity and scalability – it can be used during a 90 minute meeting or over a period of several months to provide guidance and clarity on the key steps required to build a business. The PIE Method is also cyclical, allowing teams to revisit their assumptions and improve their solution and business model over time. Attendees will walk away with the tools and know-how to introduce PIE as part of a new programming initiative, or introduce it to supplement their existing programs.

All members and ICBI attendees receive $200 off this course.  The link and discount code to register can be found on PREPR’s site HERE.  (NOTE: this will not register you for the ICBI33 conference program, only the PREPR Preconference course on Saturday, April 13)

Trainer: Caitlin McDonough, Chief Education Officer and Salar Chagpar, Chief Visioneer, Prepr

GrowthWheel Certification Course:
Part 1

Saturday, April 13
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

InBIA Partner Offering

The GrowthWheel Certification Course is for business advisors, incubators, accelerators, educators and others who are helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. The 2-day course is ideal to learn how to best use our tool-kit of inspiring decision sheets, which help founders think through their entire operations, business model, production plan, and more. Participants will gain experience using the GrowthWheel® Toolbox through case study evaluation, small group discussions and open classroom discussion for application into the day-to-day work with their clients. The curriculum is divided into five sections which prepare incubator, accelerator or other entrepreneurship center staff working with entrepreneurs in the 20 focus areas of the the GrowthWheel®, as well as through general business screening and tracking of decisions and actions. These activities prepare staff and/or business advisors/mentors to use the GrowthWheel® Toolbox in one-to-one counseling and in group training sessions. Furthermore, by becoming certified, attendees will obtain a License to share the GrowthWheel® Tools with their clients, and collaborate with them on GrowthWheel® Online – our large, global community of course graduates and practitioners.

To register please visit CLICK HERE (NOTE: this will not register you for the ICBI33 conference program, only the  Preconference course on Saturday, April 13)

Trainer: Elizabeth Binning, Product and Learning Specialist, GrowthWheel

Sunday, April 14th

Entrepreneurship Center Management Course #2: Finance and Operations for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Centers

Sunday, April 14
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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. This course is part of InBIA’s Entrepreneurship Center Management (ECM) Certificate curriculum – read more about our ECM Certificate program HERE.

Trainer: Chuck Wolfe, President, Claggett Wolfe Associates

NewCo Academy: Innovative Leadership

Sunday, April 14
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This course was built from the popular innovation soft skill development resource – the Innovator Mindset. Be among the first of your peers to offer founder- or entrepreneur soft skill development. This content is ideal for any business leader but is especially useful in cultivating executives in technology or asset-based consumer product development small businesses such as CTOs, R&D, Engineering, Product Development or similar roles. The focus of the second course in this two-part series will be on fostering an innovator mindset further. Discover powerful interpersonal and organizational patterns that define the difference between successful innovation and getting trapped in the status quo. Participants will learn how to develop their clients into innovative leaders, and strengthen their ability to foster innovation in their organization and colleagues. This course is part of InBIA’s NewCo Academy curriculum – read more about our NewCo offerings HERE.

Trainer: Dennis Stauffer, Founder, Innovator Mindset

Metrics That Matter

Sunday, April 14
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This course is provided by “in-the-trenches” entrepreneurship center managers who have won federal funding awards where reporting strong, positive KPIs and organizational success stories became a daily job requirement, and under a national spotlight. They understand the struggles of reporting fledgling or lower-than-expected revenue or investment secured by clients, ensuring the next wave of operations funding from local government entities now run by a new group of administrators/politicians, and fighting the battle of standing out in your local community when new entrepreneurial support options emerge. Furthermore, this course enables entrepreneurship centers to specifically address their individual and relevant concerns with entrepreneurship centers that are similar in structure and scope during dynamic, facilitated breakout session activities.  This is one of InBIA’s Specialty Training courses – read more about our specialty offerings HERE.

Trainer: Andrea Wesser-Brawner, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships, InBIA

Launch or Enhance Your Project Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training and become Prepr Certified: Part 2

Sunday, April 14
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

InBIA Partner Offering

Are you looking to bring more engaging and impactful programming to your incubator or entrepreneurship centre? In this course you will be introduced to PIE®; a 3-phase Method that combines Project Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship to build agile teams and take ideas to market in 15-Steps in 90 days or less. Through this two day workshop you will receive hands-on training and certification as a Prepr Certified Educator, along with a PIE Teaching Kit (valued at $599). As part of this training you will learn how to use the many tools available to facilitators, including the PIE Book, PIE Canvases, PIE Minds-on and Method Cards, PIE Workbooks and Overviews, and the teaching presentations to create tailored learning experience for your learners. One of the key benefits of the PIE Method is it’s simplicity and scalability – it can be used during a 90 minute meeting or over a period of several months to provide guidance and clarity on the key steps required to build a business. The PIE Method is also cyclical, allowing teams to revisit their assumptions and improve their solution and business model over time. Attendees will walk away with the tools and know-how to introduce PIE as part of a new programming initiative, or introduce it to supplement their existing programs.  

All members and ICBI attendees receive $200 off this course.  The link and discount code to register can be found on PREPR’s site HERE.  (NOTE: this will not register you for the ICBI33 conference program, only the PREPR Preconference course on Sunday, April 14)

Trainer: Caitlin McDonough, Chief Education Officer and Salar Chagpar, Chief Visioneer, Prepr

GrowthWheel Certification Course:
Part 2

Sunday, April 14
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

InBIA Partner Offering

The GrowthWheel Certification Course is for business advisors, incubators, accelerators, educators and others who are helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. The 2-day course is ideal to learn how to best use our tool-kit of inspiring decision sheets, which help founders think through their entire operations, business model, production plan, and more. Participants will gain experience using the GrowthWheel® Toolbox through case study evaluation, small group discussions and open classroom discussion for application into the day-to-day work with their clients. The curriculum is divided into five sections which prepare incubator, accelerator or other entrepreneurship center staff working with entrepreneurs in the 20 focus areas of the the GrowthWheel®, as well as through general business screening and tracking of decisions and actions. These activities prepare staff and/or business advisors/mentors to use the GrowthWheel® Toolbox in one-to-one counseling and in group training sessions. Furthermore, by becoming certified, attendees will obtain a License to share the GrowthWheel® Tools with their clients, and collaborate with them on GrowthWheel® Online – our large, global community of course graduates and practitioners.

To register please visit CLICK HERE (NOTE: this will not register you for the ICBI33 conference program, only the  Preconference course on Sunday, April 14)

Trainer: Elizabeth Binning, Product and Learning Specialist, GrowthWheel