The World Incubation Summit 2019 is packed with almost 100 speakers who are ready to share their expertise, divulge important insights, and outline their best practices with you. The sessions are as diverse and interesting as the speakers leading them, who have been carefully chosen to make the most impact for attendees. To us, every session is full of interesting insight, but if we had to choose, these are 6 sessions at the WIS’19 that you should definitely not miss!

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  • 1. How to Build Successful Innovation Ecosystems November 5 (10:00 - 11:00)

    This expert panel discussion features Kurt Höller, Director of Business Creation at EIT Health, and Shahida Saleem, Managing Trustee of the PEP Foundation. The experts will share their insights, success strategies, discuss do's and don'ts, and reveal how they built their respective villages. This panel discussion continues with concurrent, expert-led workshops focused on specific regions and developing strategic action plans.

  • 2. How to Create Value for Your Client Startups: Access to Funding November 5 (16:30 - 17:30)

    As a concurrent workshop to the main topic, How to Create Value for Your Program, this session is led by innovation experts Sven De Cleyn, Program Manager of imec.istart and Ronald Stubblefield, Assistant Director of ETC. These powerhouse innovators will lead the discussion groups of six to eight participants in their analysis of the topic using the Challenge, Action, Result (CAR) method.

  • 3. Better Together – How to Reap the Most Rewards from Industry Associations November 6 (11:30 - 12:30)

    Leading this panel discussion is Laura Očagova, Business Incubator Department Director of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia. During this fascinating session, participants will explore networking, knowledge sharing, best-practices, training resources, competency development resources, and other benefits of joining an industry association.

  • 4. From Lecture Hall to Makerspace – How to Optimize Incubator/AcceleratorUniversity Partnerships November 6 (11:30 - 12:30)

    Under the expert guidance of Jane Liu, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Business Incubation Association (CBIA), this panel will inspire participants by sharing their own experience in how they developed their service offerings and how to navigate the unique challenges and opportunities associated with academic institutions. This session will impart solid advice on how programs can help universities rethink their role in creating the next generation of entrepreneurs.

  • 5. How to Optimize Incubator/Accelerator – University Partnerships November 6 (15:00 - 16:00)

    This concurrent workshop to the panel discussion led by Jane Liu puts Juha Pettari Peralamp, Manager, Business Incubator, Qatar University, in the driver’s seat. During this session, six to eight participants will receive expert guidance to analyze the synergistic partnerships that exist between business incubators/accelerators and universities.

  • 6. Doha Ecosystem Tour November 7 (10:00)

    Ecosystem Tour - Activate Your Innovation with the Ecosystem Tour at WIS’19!

    What better way to cap off the excitement and inspiration from the World Incubation Summit 2019 than by showing the innovation centers of Doha. One of the fastest-growing, most vibrant innovation ecosystems on the planet, Doha’s amazing innovation points are ready to roll out the red carpet to WIS’19 attendees.

    Featured Stops:

    • Digital Incubation Center – Focused on youth-run, early-stage endeavors in ICT innovation, the Digital Incubation Center (DIC) offers free office space, tech support, training, and guidance through their mentorship programs. The tour will feature a look at the co-working space, an overview of the Startup Track and Ideacamp programs, and include information on current and alumni companies.

    • Qatar Business Incubation Center – QBIC is one of the largest mixed-use business incubation centers in the MENA region. From startups to SME’s in search of growth, QBIC selects high-level projects to support in their aim of furthering Qatar as a knowledge-based economy. Attendees will learn more about QBIC’s services, including FabLab events and training, demo days, workshops, and much more.

    • Qatar Science & Technology Park – QSTP is Qatar’s premier hub for technology innovation, applied research, entrepreneurship, and incubation. Through a vibrant ecosystem focused on developing new high-tech products and services, QSTP offers support through state-of-the-art facilities specifically designed for tech-based companies. Attendees will get a glimpse of QSTP’s four overarching themes – Energy, Environment, Health, and ICT.

    Register for the Doha Ecosystem Tour here

The world is waiting for the close of the World Incubation Summit 2019, where we will announce the UBI Global World Rankings of Business Incubators and Accelerators. Join us in Doha this November 4-7 and Activate Your Innovation! To view the full agenda, please see the main web page dedicated to the program details here:

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