Join us on February 22 – 23, in Toronto for the World Incubation Summit 2018 to discuss the latest developments in the global university-linked business incubation industry while exploring the 2018 theme, “Catalyzing Impactful Collaborations.” UBI Global and The DMZ at Ryerson University look forward to your participation in panels, workshops, round-tables, networking sessions, and a host of other activities that address the latest developments, challenges and opportunities, best-practices, and future trends in the world of business incubation.
The Call for Speaker Proposals is now open. The deadline for all submissions is December 20, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. UBI Global and The DMZ at Ryerson University encourage submissions from individuals, incubation programs, corporations, and innovation agencies representing different geographic locations, backgrounds, sectors, industries, and fields of professional interest.
DAY 0 - FEB 21 - TORONTO ECOSYSTEM TOUR
DAY 01- FEB 22 - BUSINESS INCUBATION INSIGHTS
DAY 2 - FEB 23 - CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT INSIGHTS
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Welcome to the World Incubation Summit 2018! Opening remarks from host & co-host
GUEST KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Surprise guest with inspiring talk on this year's theme 'Catalyzing Impactful Collaborations'
The State of University-linked Business Incubation – Key Insights from the World Benchmark Study 2017 – 2018
University-linked Business Incubation Programs are an integral part of many countries’ efforts to develop their entrepreneurial ecosystems. However, undertaken under diverging circumstances, these endeavors differ significantly with regard to scope, goals, and level of success across regions, countries, and communities. The session starts with a presentation of some of the most important findings from UBI Global's World Benchmark Study 2017 - 2018. Subsequently, a panel of international incubation experts contrasts and compares the efficiency of different innovation ecosystems in fostering the birth and ensuring the survival of startup companies. Exploring the importance of collaboration within and across these ecosystems, this discussion sets the stage for all following sessions.
The TechVillage, Zimbabwe
UBI Global, Sweden
Measure for Success – How to Assess Impact and Performance of University-linked Business Incubation Programs
How can we objectively and reliably evaluate university-linked business incubators and accelerators? How do we justify their existence, investment choices, and strategic orientation? Which metrics should and should not be used to objectively compare different programs and how do we best collect the data required for reliable assessments and predictions? These and other questions related to the assessment of incubator impact and performance will be addressed by a panel of leading incubation program managers, researchers, and innovation program representatives.
Slot available for scheduling one-on-one meetings with global peers
Guest Luncheon Speaker 13:15 - 13:45
Globalive Holdings, Canada
Incubation Best Practices – Insights From Top-Performing University-linked Business Incubators and Accelerators
What makes a successful University-linked Business Incubation Program? Is there a universally valid formula, or do different innovation ecosystems require different strategies? Representatives from selected incubators and accelerators that performed particularly well in the World Benchmark Study 2017 - 2018 present and compare their programs' strategies to achieve sustainable performance and lasting impact.
Montpellier BIC, France
York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI), Canada
Entrepreneuriat Laval Inc., Canada
Challenges & Opportunities – How to Avoid Pittfalls and Capitalize on Trends in the Incubation Industry
Building on the preceding panel discussion, this workshop focuses on the development of appropriate responses to the most important challenges and opportunities encountered by University-linked Business Incubation Programs. All attending program representatives are invited to form groups of 6-8 participants which discuss and analyze each issue using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. Guided by experienced discussion leaders, all groups give a brief presentation of their discussion results at the end of the workshop.
DMZ at Ryerson University, Canada
ITU ARI Teknokent, Turkey
The Pivotal Point, Canada
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil
New Frontiers in Business Incubation
This session explores exciting new developments in the incubation industry. Panelists include representatives from programs that focus on international collaboration, social incubation, foster environmental entrepreneurship, are dedicated to minority empowerment, or put a particular emphasis on supporting female founders.
Ryerson University, Canada
Oamk LABs, Finland
Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), Kenya
Slot available for one-on-one meetings with global peers
UBI Global Awards with the 2018 World Rankings Announcement accompanied by music & entertainment
GUEST CORPORATE SPEAKER
Special guest on the topic of COMPETITIVENESS: Staying ahead of the curve, tapping into talent & resources incubators & accelerators
From Contact to Contract – How to Establish Successful Partnerships Between Corporations and Incubation Programs
To stay competitive in the knowledge-driven economy of the 21st century, corporations need easy access to the globally dispersed pool of innovative startups, top talent, and specialized knowledge networks in their respective sectors and industries. Collaborating with leading business incubation programs provides an efficient and effective way to achieve this goal. In this session, incubation program managers and their corporate partners will reveal how they went "from contact to contract", elaborating on their respective motivations, challenges and benefits, as well as the most important lessons learned in the process.
Technoport SA, Luxembourg
Tomorrow Street, Vodafone, Luxembourg
Finding and Engaging Corporate Partners – Insights From Top-Performing University-linked Incubation Programs
Representatives from selected incubators and accelerators that have signed a successful partnership, sponsorship, and investor contracts discuss what to do and not to do when engaging with potential Corporate Partners, Sponsors, and Investors.
Slot available for one-on-one meetings with global peers & corporate representatives
Guest Luncheon Speaker 13:15 - 13:45
Challenges and Opportunities – How to Develop Customized Partnership Strategies
Building on the preceding panel discussions, this workshop focuses on the development of partner, sponsor, and investor engagement strategies, tailored to the needs of the participating incubation program representatives. All attendees are invited to form groups of 6-8 participants which discuss and analyze each program's unique situation using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. Guided by experienced discussion leaders, all groups present their results at the end of the workshop.
Fireside Chat with Corporate Innovation Director
Listen to and participate in an interactive interview with a representative of an innovative corporation and a seasoned interviewer as they discuss in depth how the company designed and implemented its innovation strategy
UBI Access – A Corporate Matchmaking Platform
Ali Amin, CEO of UBI Global, reveals the company's latest initiative connecting its member program's startups with corporations from all over the world.
Future Trends and Technologies
Join a selected group of entrepreneurs, corporate innovation officers, activists, and incubation program managers in a discussion of the latest technology and innovation trends around the world.
University of Latvia Student Business Incubator, Latvia
Conference Evaluation Session and Official Goodbye
Networking & Friday Cocktail
Final networking session with music and drinks to ease into the weekend
Exciting opportunity for international guests to explore the vibrant tech scene in Toronto. Limited seats available. Registration information to be announced