Agenda

Agenda

The participants of the World Incubation Summit 2018 discussed 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 welcomed programs from across the globe to participate in panels, workshops, round-tables, networking sessions, and a host of other activities that addressed the latest developments, challenges and opportunities, best-practices, and future trends in the world of business incubation.

DAY 0 - FEB 21 - TORONTO ECOSYSTEM TOUR

DAY 01- FEB 22 - BUSINESS INCUBATION INSIGHTS

DAY 2 - FEB 23 - CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT INSIGHTS

Schedule

Subject for change

08:00

Continental Breakfast & Registration at the Sandbox

All attendees are invited to start the day with a continental breakfast served at the Sandbox by DMZ room - located in the Ryerson University Student Learning Center on 341 Yonge St, 3rd floor. Your registration package will be available for pick-up at this time. After breakfast, the group will be directed to the Ryerson University Library Building for the Opening Ceremony which will take place in LIB72.

09:00

Opening Ceremony

Welcome to the World Incubation Summit 2018! Opening remarks from host & co-host

Michael Benarroch

Ryerson University, Canada

Ali Amin

UBI Global, Sweden

09:20
TALK

GUEST KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Anthony Lacavera

Globalive Holdings, Canada

09:50
PANEL DISCUSSION

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 entrepreneurship 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.

Jairo Orozco

Institute for Sustainable Entrepreneurship, EAN University, Colombia

P.K.B. Menon

GINSERV, India

Martin Croteau

Ontario Centres of Excellence, Canada

Brandon Paschal

The LaunchLab, South Africa

Holger Meyer

UBI Global, Sweden

10:50

Coffee Break

11:00
PANEL DISCUSSION

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 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 incubation program’s impact and performance will be addressed by a panel of leading incubation program managers, researchers, and innovation program representatives.

Chris Lumb

TEC Edmonton, Canada

Agnes Flémal

WSL, Belgium

Kjell-Håkan Närfelt

Vinnova, Sweden

Irene Fialka

INiTS, Austria

Flávio Wagner

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil

Holger Meyer

UBI Global, Sweden

12:00

Networking

Slot available for scheduling one-on-one meetings with global peers

12:30
TALK

GUEST KEYNOTE SPEAKER

John Tory, 65th Mayor of Toronto gives an inspiring talk on this year's theme 'Catalyzing Impactful Collaborations'

John Tory

City of Toronto

13:00
Guest Luncheon Speaker

Lunch

Steven Liss

Ryerson University, Canada

14:00
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS

Incubation Best Practices (1/2): 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.

Krysten Connely

DMZ at Ryerson University, Canada

Eamonn Sayers

The Guinness Enterprise Centre, Ireland

Simon Bond

SETsquared, UK

Marat Ressin

York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI), Canada

Howard Tullman

1871, US

15:00
WORKSHOP

Incubation Best Practices (2/2): How to Avoid Pitfalls and Capitalize on Trends in the Incubation Industry

Building on the preceding presentations, 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 join groups of 6-8 participants to discuss and analyze each issue using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. The discussions are guided by experienced incubation experts. The results are collected at the end of the workshop and made available to all participants.

Jairo Orozco

Institute for Sustainable Entrepreneurship, EAN University, Colombia

Monica Hedberg

UIC - Uppsala Innovation Centre, Sweden

Andrew Lo

Kanetix Ltd., Canada

Eamonn Sayers

The Guinness Enterprise Centre, Ireland

Brandon Paschal

The LaunchLab, South Africa

Yves Plourde

Entrepreneuriat Laval Inc., Canada

Claudia Pingue

PoliHub, Italy

Karen Brooks

SETsquared, UK

Victor Ladeira

CIEDS, Brazil

Marat Ressin

York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI), Canada

Blair Stevenson

Oamk LABs, Finland

Valerie Fox

The Pivotal Point, Canada

Hussam Ayyad

DMZ at Ryerson University, Canada

16:00

Coffee Break

16:20
CONCURRENT PANEL DISCUSSION

How to Build Successful National Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Insights from Sweden & Brazil

Discussions about successful innovation often focus on individuals’ disruptive ideas, their leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities. However, by focusing on agency we frequently ignore or downplay the vital function of entrepreneurial ecosystems in providing the structures that are crucial for promoting and enabling a culture of innovation. In this session incubation experts from Sweden and Brazil explain how they helped developing their respective ecosystems and share the lessons they learned along the way.

Jens Lundström

Arctic Business Incubator & ESA-BIC, Sweden

Anders Nilsson

NIOWA, Sweden

Monica Hedberg

UIC - Uppsala Innovation Centre, Sweden

Magnus Lundin

SISP - Swedish Incubators & Science Parks, Sweden

Carlos Eduardo Bizzotto

Anprotec, Brazil

Martin Croteau

Ontario Centres of Excellence, Canada

Flávio Wagner

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil

Victor Ladeira

CIEDS, Brazil

CONCURRENT PANEL DISCUSSION

New Frontiers in Business Incubation

This session explores exciting new developments in the incubation industry. Speakers include representatives from programs that focus on international collaboration, advancing entrepreneurship in emerging markets, and student entrepreneurship, or put a particular emphasis on supporting female founders.

Lakshmi Shenoy

1871, US

Brandon Paschal

The LaunchLab, South Africa

Richard Lachman

Ryerson University, Canada

Blair Stevenson

Oamk LABs, Finland

Valerie Fox

The Pivotal Point, Canada

17:10

Networking

Slot available for one-on-one meetings with global peers

18:30

UBI Awards & Recognition Gala

Venue

The ‘1871’ Berkeley Church & The Field House

The awards evening will be in the heart of Toronto in the beautiful Berkeley Church, where top performing incubation programs will be recognized for their outstanding performance in nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation.

Toronto Mayor, John Tory and Canadian Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, Reza Moridi, will be among other distinguished guests present at the gala dinner. In attendance will be close to 300 people among whom will be business incubation professionals from 5 continents and over 30 countries.

The Berkeley Church was built in 1871, and operated as a church until the 1950’s. At that point it served as a film studio for several decades until 1999 when we began transforming it into one of Toronto’s most interesting event venues. Despite these reincarnations, the Berkeley Church has maintained a historical atmosphere. Architectural details like the original 17-foot stained glass windows maintain the church’s traditional ambiance.

Transportation

3 Coaches will be available to take delegates to and  from the Gala Evening from the following stops

  • Chelsea Hotel, Toronto (33 Gerrard St West)
  • Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen Street West)
  • Ryerson University Student Learning Centre (SLC) (341 Yonge Street)

 

To Gala Pick-Up

Evening Pick-Up

The bus pick-up at the Berkeley Church and will drop off at the same 3 locations . Departures from the Berkeley Church will take place at the following times:

Chelsea Hotel

6:00 PM

10:45 PM
Sheraton Centre Hotel

6:00 PM

11:30 PM
Ryerson University Student Learning Centre

6:10 PM

12:30 AM


Gala Dress Code

Business Casual attire is suggested for the Gala. 


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Gala dinner with the announcement the UBI World Rankings of University-linked Business Incubators & Accelerators 17/18

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22:30

After Party

09:00

Continental Breakfast

All attendees are welcome to start the day with a continental breakfast served at the Sears Atrium room – located in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre on 245 Church St, 3rd floor. Presentations will commence promptly at 9:00am.

09:30
PRESENTATION

GUEST CORPORATE SPEAKER

Special guest on the topic of COMPETITIVENESS: Staying ahead of the curve, tapping into talent & resources incubators & accelerators

James Mawson

Global Corporate Venturing, UK

10:00
PANEL DISCUSSION

From Contact to Contract (1/3): Finding and Engaging Corporate Partners – Insights from top-performing University-linked Incubation Programs

This first of three sessions that focus on corporate engagement models is dedicated to the exploration of incubation programs' perspectives, needs, limitations and opportunities when engaging corporate actors. Representatives from top-performing university-linked business incubators and accelerators discuss how to establish successful collaborations with corporate partners, sponsors, and investor.

Federica Biancon

Polihub, Italy

Kjell-Håkan Närfelt

Vinnova, Sweden

Yves Plourde

Entrepreneuriat Laval Inc., Canada

Deniz Tunçalp

ITU ARI Teknokent, Turkey

Isabelle Prévot

Montpellier BIC, France

Abdullah Snobar

DMZ at Ryerson University, Canada

11:00
CASE STUDIES - CONCURRENT PANEL DISCUSSION

From Contact to Contract (2a/3): 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, talent, and knowledge networks in their respective sectors and industries. Collaborating with university-linked 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.

Magnus Lundin

SISP - Swedish Incubators & Science Parks, Sweden

Chris Lumb

TEC Edmonton, Canada

Nawaf AlGain

KAUST Entrepreneurship Center, Saudi Arabia

Khalid Aldossary

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), Saudi Arabia

Andreas Nemeth

UNIQA, Austria

Irene Fialka

INiTS, Austria

Jennifer Chan

Merck, Canada

CASE STUDIES - CONCURRENT PANEL DISCUSSION

From Contact to Contract (2b/3): 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, talent, and knowledge networks in their respective sectors and industries. Collaborating with university-linked 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.

James Mawson

Global Corporate Venturing, UK

Shaheel Hooda

TEC Edmonton, TEC/T-Squared Accelerator, Canada

Zane Smilga

Verhaert, Belgium

Sven De Cleyn

imec, Belgium

Diego De Biasio

Technoport SA, Luxembourg

Amir Sayegh

TELUS, Canada

Warrick Cramer

Tomorrow Street, Vodafone, Luxembourg

12:00

Networking

Slot available for one-on-one meetings with global peers & corporate representatives

13:00

Lunch

14:00
WORKSHOP

From Contact to Contract (3/3): Challenges and Opportunities – How to develop customized partnership strategies

Building on the preceding sessions, 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 to analyze and discuss their programs’ unique situation using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. The discussions are guided by experienced incubation experts. The results are collected at the end of the workshop and made available to all participants.

Linnéa Lindau

Chalmers Ventures, Sweden

Magnus Lundin

SISP - Swedish Incubators & Science Parks, Sweden

Chris Lumb

TEC Edmonton, Canada

Shaheel Hooda

TEC Edmonton, TEC/T-Squared Accelerator, Canada

Nawaf AlGain

KAUST Entrepreneurship Center, Saudi Arabia

Khalid Aldossary

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), Saudi Arabia

Andreas Nemeth

UNIQA, Austria

Irene Fialka

INiTS, Austria

Deniz Tunçalp

ITU ARI Teknokent, Turkey

Simon Bond

SETsquared, UK

Zane Smilga

Verhaert, Belgium

Sven De Cleyn

imec, Belgium

Diego De Biasio

Technoport SA, Luxembourg

Warrick Cramer

Tomorrow Street, Vodafone, Luxembourg

15:00
CONCURRENT TALK

Fireside Chat with Omar Duque and Howard Tullman

Listen to and participate in an interactive interview between Omar Duque, CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) and Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871 as they exemplify how to develop a mutually beneficial partnership that facilitates the exploitation of strategic opportunities and promotes diversity and inclusion.

Omar Duque

Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC), US

Howard Tullman

1871, US

CONCURRENT TALK

Fireside Chat with George Salamis and John Mullally

Join George Salamis, President & CEO of Integra Resources and hypemaster for mining innovation and John Mullally, Director of Government Relations and Energy at Goldcorp as they discuss how technology is enabling mining to be better, faster and more efficient at delivering materials to the market, with less impact on the environment. Learn how collaboration between industry, government and academia can be the catalyst for change and why Goldcorp, one of the largest gold mining companies in the world, saw value in creating #DisruptMining, a tech accelerator for the global mining industry.

John Mullally

Goldcorp, Canada

George Salamis

Integra Resources, Canada

15:30
PRESENTATION

UBI Access – A Corporate Matchmaking Platform

Ali Amin, CEO of UBI Global, presents UBI Access, a digital platform that connects multinational corporations with incubators and their startups. Consistently monitoring the global innovation landscape and providing a wealth of network, industry, and sector insights, UBI Access is designed to matchmake corporate actors with partners that precisely fit their specific needs.

Ali Amin

UBI Global, Sweden

16:00

Coffee Break

16:15
CONCURRENT PANEL & OPEN DISCUSSION

Cleantech & Sustainability – How to Develop and Implement Collaborative Responses to Climate Change

Climate change is arguably the most important challenge of our age. In this session, representatives from the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) and the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) discuss their efforts to empower businesses in developing countries to adapt, develop and deploy climate smart technologies and business models. Providing a practical example, representatives from Campus Nova and Diseclar showcase how incubation programs can support their client startups in maximizing their social, environmental, and economic impact.

Juan Nicolas Suarez

Diseclar, Colombia

David Hurtado

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana - Cali, Colombia

Fred Walti

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), US

Travis Bartley

Caribbean Climate Innovation Center, Jamaica

Edward Mungai

Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), Kenya

CONCURRENT PANEL & OPEN DISCUSSION

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.

Thomas Wollinger

ESCRYPT GmbH - Embedded Security, Germany

Andrew Lo

Kanetix Ltd., Canada

Steven Kuyan

NYU Tandon Future Labs, US

Mikus Losāns

University of Latvia Student Business Incubator, Latvia

Sue Britton

Growth Syndicate (FGS), Canada

17:00

Closing Remarks

Conference Evaluation Session and Official Goodbye

17:15

Networking & Friday Cocktail

Final networking session with music and drinks to ease into the weekend

12:00

Toronto Ecosystem Tour

Exciting opportunity for international guests to explore the vibrant tech scene in Toronto. Limited seats available.

08:30
Ryerson University

IncStart Accelerator Program

IncStart is a cohort-based, accelerator program designed to help university-linked incubation programs in their early-stages to jump-start their organizations with the goal of providing greater economic, educational, and social impact for their clients, and ultimately for their communities. Focused around a series of face-to-face workshops and using a supportive mentorship model, the IncStart Accelerator has been developed by industry experts through an international alliance between UBI Global in Sweden, Oulu University of Applied Sciences in Finland, Ryerson University in Canada, and The Pivotal Point in Canada. The group represents leading expertise in positioning, launching, monitoring and growing university-linked incubation programs. Full agenda available to the accepted cohort. Interested in applying? Email jarrod.ladouceur@ryerson.ca

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