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

Each course offered will be either taught with a live virtual instructor or as an online self-paced, allowing you to progress at your own schedule and take the course anytime that is convenient for you.

The courses offered with a live virtual instructor will take place at specific times and you will be required to attend each session to complete the course.

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.  All online self-paced courses have an end-of-course (EOC) exam.

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Current Online Self-Paced Courses

Advanced Mentor Development Certification Workshop (October 20th-26th, 2022)

Instructor: Thomas Hordam, Business Incubator Manager, Technical University of Denmark, and Founder of WeLoveMentors

Become a certified Mentor Program Manager through this certification course. Whether you are planning to launch a new mentoring program for your clients or looking to increase the  impact of your existing program, this certification will give you the tools, resources, knowledge, and credibility to have a successful mentoring program.

The course will be ready to implement at an online program for your mentors and clients due to the Covid-19 situation. It will guide you through strategies for recruiting, selecting, and training mentors, as well as for retaining them in the program. The course will also introduce techniques of matching the right mentors with the right mentees for the right purpose as well as effective ways to measure client outcomes. Finally the course how mentors are easily rated by your clients to ensure the quality of your program.

This 3-part course will take place October 20th, 24th and 26th, 2022. Each two-hour webinar will start at 10 a.m. EDT


Alissa Martinez Costabile, Assistant Program Director, Tampa Bay Technology Incubator:

“I was blown away within the first hour; this course challenged my perception of what mentorship means for an incubator. Thomas walked through the philosophy of mentorship and provided practical tools to operate a mentor program for any type of entrepreneur support organization. I learned how to foster an intentional environment to create meaningful and sustainable mentor/mentee relationships. Thanks to Thomas’s patient instruction and masterful facilitation in this course, my classmates and I had great discussions that enhanced my learning experience.

I finished this program empowered and brimming with ideas to take back to my organization. Thomas and the Advanced Mentor Program have my highest recommendation.”

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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 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 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. Attendees can expect some fun surprises in the main presentation of the course, making this lecture anything but boring (especially through the usage 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 compliance 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

Live course offerings

An Ecosystem Development Workshop: Build your Community Framework to Accelerate Regional Collaboration

Continuing the partnership forged last year between InBIA and CO.STARTERS, this course will help participants create or refine their communities’ entrepreneurship roadmaps through a number of exclusively developed exercises and proven tools, drawing on the experience of leading regional innovation ecosystem developers. Course leaders will guide attendees through every aspect of the development of their roadmaps, including stakeholder/asset mapping (community discovery), program vetting and deployment planning, and early  assessment resources (community health check-up). Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind,  immersive workshop for entrepreneurship centers interested in deepening their connections with their local ecosystems.

Entrepreneurship Center Revenue and Grant Strategies

This highly valuable course is a must-do for any level of entrepreneurship center manager. Led by an industry veteran who has fostered sustainable incubators and entrepreneurial ecosystems, attendees will learn tips, tricks, and fundraising insights sure to bring in income. Attendees will walk through a number of business models as well as winning award proposals of millions of dollars. The course includes resources including grant templates, awarded proposals, samples, guides for successful revenue streams, sponsorship packets, standard client equity requests, and more, all of which will be available in the Exchange community long after the course is over.


*Pricing is subject to change for live events. Please check our event pages upcoming live training opportunities.

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InBIA Members:

  • $450/course

PLEASE NOTE: all course prices in $ USD

InBIA Non-Members:

  • $550/course

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