Specialty courses appeal to those at all experience levels and focus on hyper-specific topics. These courses allow you to build on your experience according to your unique needs, enhancing your professional toolkit by helping you stay abreast of current best practices.
Specialty Courses: Online Opportunities
Specialty Courses will be offered through our online training beginning early 2017. Each course offered will be online self-paced, allowing you to progress at your own schedule and take the course anytime that is convenient for you. Like an in-person course, the online courses challenge and equip you with the knowledge you need to propel your career and add value for your clients. When you sign up for online self-paced education, you gain access to the knowledge of experienced instructors through written materials, industry-specific curated videos and case studies. For each course you enroll, you will be given 8 weeks of access to course materials and an end-of-course (EOC) exam. By passing the EOC exam, you will be given a certificate of completion through our online certificate management system, Accredible.
Current course offerings
Metrics That Matter
This course is provided by “in-the-trenches” ESO managers just like you who have won federal funding awards where reporting strong, positive KPIs and organization success stories became a daily job requirement, and under a national spotlight – so we take the academic viewpoint out. They have understood the struggle 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 ESOs crop up. Furthermore, this course enables ESOs to specifically address their individual and relevant concerns with ESOs similar to structure and scope, in dynamic, facilitated breakout session activities. Finally, attendees can expect some fun surprises in the main presentation of the course, making this lecture anything but boring (especially through the use of popular culture icons and hilarious real-life anecdotes!). Some of the main course objectives include:
Course Objectives and Outline
- How to critically examine an organization to identify highly granular KPIs
- Leveraging technology platforms to assist in tracking key metrics
- Conducting internal performance audits based on standardized factors
- Strategies for developing impact reports on success metrics to stakeholders and funding agencies
- Ideas for encouraging companies to provide necessary information
1.0 Introduction to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
2.0: KPIs That Work Best For Your ESO
3.0 Best Practices in Collecting and Tracking KPIs
4.0: KPIs Tuned Toward Funding
5.0:KPIs Tuned Toward Community Influencers
6.0 KPIs Tuned Toward Strategic Partners/Investors For Clients
Operational Best Practices for Successful Biotechnology Incubators
This course has been developed by the University of Florida’s Sid Martin Biotechnology Institute Director and former InBIA Board Member, Mark Long. Those who participate in the Biotech course will be granted a comprehensive grasp of biotechnology facility terminology and concepts, successful business plan characteristics that biotech incubators utilize to best serve their entrepreneurs, a clear and defined blueprint for planning and expanding your biotech facility, and much more.
This course provides insight into the field of biotechnology incubator facilities and how to tackle the rigorous compliance, capital, and expertise demands such facilities require. Incubators which support biotech entrepreneurs are very unique compared to other entrepreneur supporting organizations in other industry verticals as they typically require engagement with entrepreneurs far longer to accommodate development, clinical trials, etc. That means building strong programs to support entrepreneurs with the most difficult path ahead, all while keeping your lights on and facility equipped with adequate, expensive specialty assets.
Course Objectives and Outline
- Best practices for ensuring biotech facility resources meet efficacy standards
- Operational and financial factors which will ensure sustainability and cost effectiveness
- Best practices to follow when faced with special circumstances such as sharing facilities
- Programming ideas to help biotech entrepreneurs succeed quickly to the market
- Habits to ensure that processes operate to benefit clients as well as the facilities needs
- Importance of safety and compliance within a facility and how to ensure rules and regulations are followed by staff and clients
1.0 Background and Business Models
2.0: Initial Planning
3.0 Incubator Basics
4.0: Advanced Incubators
5.0: Operations and Sustainability
6.0 Continuing Knowledge
Building Sustainable Food Incubators and Accelerators
This course provides the most relevant content on food and agriculture business incubation available in the world. Developed by the renowned Rutgers Food Innovation Center’s own Executive Director and InBIA member, Lou Cooperhouse, learn and explore proven operating models for initiatives that support entrepreneurs who are developing products/services in this long-term trending industry. This course provides best practices and effective strategies for designing and managing a food or agricultural science program. Food incubation has continuously proven to be a thriving industry, with investments in this market increasing each year. Let this course be your ultimate blueprint guide toward food incubation success. Topics will include strategies to maximize revenues for the program by offering pertinent services, design of commercial kitchens/food production space, as well as critical safety and regulatory compliancy to successfully build this sector themed initiative.
Course Objectives and Outline
- Recognize current trends and opportunities in the food business industry
- Identify best practices in business incubation and acceleration
- Analyze and evaluate implemented business incubation and acceleration models
- Identify effective strategies to meet facility design standards
- Identify strategies to increase self-sustainability
1.0 Food Industry Overview
2.0 Food Business Incubation
3.0 Food Business Acceleration
4.0 Models for Business Incubation and Acceleration
5.0 Facility Design Considerations
6.0 Financial Self-Sustainability
Fall 2017 offerings (coming soon)
Funding and Operating Successful University Entrepreneurship Centers
This course will provide the knowledge and tools to create a robust and successful entrepreneurial ecosystem within a university environment. Topics will include appropriate tech transfer models, best practices in migrating research from the lab bench to the market, and leveraging regional resources to support university startups.
Best Practices in Raising and Operating a Regional Seed Fund
Regional seed funds can be an excellent way to attract and encourage new startups in a particular areac. This courses will explore funding strategies for community evergreen funds, explain effective tools for portfolio management and describe how to leverage community ecosystems to support early-stage funds.
Spring 2018 offerings (coming soon)
- Revenue and Grant Strategies for Entrepreneurship Programs
- Rural Incubation Success Strategies