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Schedule at-a-glance

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 Summits (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 and Game Night
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Opening Reception


Monday, April 15

6:00 – 6:30 a.m. – ICBI33 Sunrise Yoga
7:00 – 9 a.m. – ICBI33 Hackathon and Breakfast
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Concurrent sessions
10:30 – 11 a.m. – Break in Innovation Pavilion
11:00 – 12:15 p.m. – Concurrent sessions
12:15 – 2:00 p.m. – General Session and Luncheon Featuring Keynote Mary Grove
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. – Concurrent sessions
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Break in Innovation Pavilion
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Discussion groups

Tuesday, April 16

5:45 – 6:30 a.m. – ICBI33 Morning Exercise – Minneapolis Walk & Stroll
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast in the Innovation Pavilion
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – General Session and Breakfast featuring Rohit Malhotra
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Concurrent sessions
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Break in Innovation Pavilion
11:00 – 12:15 p.m. – Concurrent sessions
12:15 – 2:00 p.m. – Luncheon with keynote presentation
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. – Concurrent sessions
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Break in Innovation Pavilion
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Discussion groups
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. InBIA Celebration

Wednesday, April 17

7:30- 8:45 a.m. – Peer-to-Peer Networking Exchange Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – ICBI33 One Million Cups
10:30am – 12:00pm – Corporate Reverse Pitch
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Innovation Tour (additional fee)

The Full ICBI33 Schedule Can Be Found Here:


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Our Keynote Speakers

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.

Rohit Malhotra

Rohit Malhotra is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Civic Innovation in Atlanta, his hometown city. His background is in social entrepreneurship, digital communications, open data and community organizing. Most recently, he served as an Ash Innovation Fellow in the White House Office of Management and Budget, focused on the administration’s efforts around social impact bonds and pay for performance. In 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, where he was the youngest serving member in recent history. Rohit was named as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 30 Under 30 and in June 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Echoing Green Global Fellowship. Rohit earned his B.A. from Emory University and Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Rohit is a self-appointed expert on pizza and hip hop.

Melissa Kjolsing

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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