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.

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Current course offerings

Rural Incubation Success Strategies Certificate Program 

InBIA is excited to announce the pilot cohort of the Rural Incubation Success Strategies Certificate Program. Developed by Karl Kelly and the highly successful Technology Villages Program, this program is already deployed in some of Southeastern America’s most rural, and economically disadvantaged counties. This program allows you to build on your experience according to your unique needs, enhancing your professional toolkit by helping you stay abreast of current best practices within the rural incubation ecosystem.

The Rural online program is a four course program, that will kick off with Course 1: Funding a Rural Entrepreneurship Center on Tuesday, July 17th. Once participants have completed all four courses, they will receive the official InBIA Rural Success Strategies Certificate.


Registration for Course 1 Funding a Rural Entrepreneurship Center is now open!

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Course Objectives and Outline

• Find and cultivate a strong pipeline of local company founders

• Find initial local funding to build a brick-and-mortar facility and hire staff

• Find and recruit a strong management/coaching team, as well as mentors

• Build relationships with and coach students from a local academic institution

• Build a base of community supporters and influencers

• Raise follow-on funding from multiple sources for sustainability

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:

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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.

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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.

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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


InBIA Members:

  • $450/course

InBIA Non-Members:

  • $550/course

Upcoming Courses

Summer 2018 (coming soon)

Rural Incubation Success Strategies Certificate Program 

At the heart of InBIA’s soon-to-be-released Rural Incubation Success Strategies Certificate Program, is the highly successful Technology Villages Program. Developed by Karl Kelly, Director of Commercialization at Clemson University, this program is already deployed in some of Southeastern America’s most rural, and economically disadvantaged counties.

Course participants will have access to a “one-stop-shop” of resources to build and sustain a thriving store-front incubator in communities of 150 citizens per sq/km.


For general inquiries about our Specialty Courses, please contact our education department at [email protected].