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Four interactive days to
“Activate your innovation”

The 2019 World Incubation Summit is an international event, available by invitation only. The WIS19 is organized as a two-day interactive conference with an additional two days of enrichment activities.

This year’s conference brings together a selected group of international incubators and accelerators, multinational corporations, and government innovation agencies seeking innovative ways to collaborate with each other. During the event, we will announce the top-ranked incubation programs as identified and assessed in our World Benchmark Study 2019-2020.

Under the theme “Activate Your Innovation“, the third edition of the World Incubation Summit aims to:

Empower INCUBATOR AND ACCELERATOR MANAGERS to improve their programs' impact and performance.

Provide corporate innovation managers with fruitful connections to key actors in the global innovation ecosystem.

Support policymakers in learning about best practices for nurturing local, regional, and national entrepreneurship ecosystems.

Theme: Activate Your Innovation

The willingness and ability to innovate has become a critical prerequisite for staying internationally competitive. Business incubators and accelerators nurture the talent and ventures that form the backbone of the knowledge-driven economies of the 21st century.

Based on this understanding, the World Incubation Summit 2019 provides incubator and accelerator managers, corporate innovation officers, and policymakers a platform to connect and learn about the best ways to nurture innovation in their respective ecosystems.

#WIS19 attendees will engage in panel discussions, workshops, networking events, and matchmaking activities designed to provide them with crucial business intelligence and relevant connections.

They will discuss and analyze how to best "activate their innovation" including business model analyses, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities, tech trends and make lasting connections with like-minded professionals.

Program ( Preliminary )

#WIS19 is designed to be an interactive, audience-centered event that puts the individual participants at its center.

Overview

Nov 4Pre-conference Activities Day

Nov 5Best Practices Day

Nov 6Partnerships Day

Nov 7Local Ecosystem Day

  • Conference Sessions

  • Networking & Social Breaks

Overview

  • Conference Sessions

  • Networking & Social Breaks

November 4

Pre-conference Activities Day

15:00
16:00 - 16:30
16:30 - 17:00
17:00 - 19:00
19:00 - 21:00

November 5

Best Practices Day

7:00 - 8:00
8:00
8:30 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:30

Ecosystem Best Practices

9:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:00
11:00 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:00

Incubation / Acceleration Best Practices

14:00 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:30
16:30 - 17:30
17:30 - 18:30
18:30 - 20:30

November 6

Partnership Day

7:00 - 8:00
8:00
8:30 - 9:30

Incubation / Acceleration Best Practices

9:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:00
11:00 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:30

Future

16:30 - 17:30
17:30 - 19:00
18:00
19:00 - 22:30
22:30

November 7

Local Ecosystem Day

10:00 - 12:00

Nov 4Pre-conference Activities Day

  • Conference Sessions

  • Networking & Social Breaks

15:00

Registration Opens

16:00 - 16:30

Opening Reception / WIS19 Orientation

16:30 - 17:00

Networking & Engagement

17:00 - 19:00

Tour at National Museum of Qatar

19:00 - 21:00

Creating Impactful Collaborations

Themed Matchmaking Dinner at Souq Waqif

Nov 5Best Practices Day

  • Conference Sessions

  • Networking & Social Breaks

7:00 - 8:00

Registration Opens

Sports & Wellness Activities

8:00 - 8:30

Bus Transfer

8:30 - 9:00

Networking & Engagement

9:00 - 9:30

WIS19 Event Activation

Opening Ceremony

9:30 - 10:00

Keynote

Khalid M. Al-Ali

Khalid M. Al-Ali

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Senseta
10:00 - 11:00

How to Build Successful Innovation Ecosystems

Panel Discussion

Marcio Cruz

Marcio Cruz

Senior Economist, World Bank
Shahida Saleem

Shahida Saleem

Managing Trustee, PEP Foundation
Bo Ji

Bo Ji

Assistant Dean & Chief Representative for Europe, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)
Kurt Höller

Kurt Höller

Director of Business Creation, EIT Health
11:00 - 11:30

Networking & Engagement

11:30 - 12:30

How to Build Successful Innovation Ecosystems - Best Practices from Africa

Concurrent Workshop

Alex Ariho

Alex Ariho

Founding Director & CEO, African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN)
Brandon Paschal

Brandon Paschal

General Manager, Stellenbosch University LaunchLab
Tony Okoa Otoa

Tony Okoa Otoa

Head of Enterprise Development, Stanbic Bank Uganda

How to Build Successful Innovation Ecosystems - Best Practices from Asia-Pacific

Concurrent Workshop

Shahida Saleem

Shahida Saleem

Managing Trustee, PEP Foundation
Bo Ji

Bo Ji

Assistant Dean & Chief Representative for Europe, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)
Manisha Acharya

Manisha Acharya

CEO, Indigram Labs Foundation
Imran  Jattala

Imran Jattala

Co-Founder and CEO, Centre for Global Innovators
Yan Zhenjun

Yan Zhenjun

CEO & Founder, WIIN

How to Build Successful Innovation Ecosystems - Best Practices from Europe

Concurrent Workshop

Kurt Höller

Kurt Höller

Director of Business Creation, EIT Health
Laura Očagova

Laura Očagova

Business Incubator Department Director, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA)
Liene Briede

Liene Briede

Lead of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support Programs, RTU Design Factor
Giovanni Perrone

Giovanni Perrone

President of PNICube, The Association of Italian Incubators
Kjell-Håkan Närfelt

Kjell-Håkan Närfelt

Chief Strategy Advisor, Vinnova
Ņikita Kazakevičs

Ņikita Kazakevičs

Head of Jelgavas Business Incubator, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
Marika Paakkala

Marika Paakkala

Project Director, Aalto University Startup Centre

How to Build Successful Innovation Ecosystems - Best Practices from the Middle East and North Africa

Concurrent Workshop

Juha Pettari Peralampi

Juha Pettari Peralampi

Manager, Business Incubator, Qatar University
Abdullah Ismail

Abdullah Ismail

Founder & CEO, Innoplore Ltd. | Innoplore Community
Ozan Sonmez

Ozan Sonmez

Founding Managing Director, Growth Circuit Accelerator (GCA), SDG Impact Accelerator
Mohammad Zebian

Mohammad Zebian

Program Manager, Accelerators, Qatar Foundation (Qatar Science and Technology Park)

How to Build Successful Innovation Ecosystems - Best Practices from North America

Concurrent Workshop

Paul Salvini

Paul Salvini

CEO, Accelerator Centre
Richard Chénier

Richard Chénier

General Manager, Centech

How to Build Successful Innovation Ecosystems - Best Practices from South America

Concurrent Workshop

Luis Alonso Jiménez Silva

Luis Alonso Jiménez Silva

Director, University Agency for Entrepreneurship Management (Auge-UCR)
Carolina López Saa

Carolina López Saa

Director, Campus Nova-Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, Pontificia Javeriana University
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 14:00

Strategies for Innovation, the Qatar Approach

Luncheon Keynote

Richard O’Kennedy

Richard O’Kennedy

VP Research, Qatar Foundation
14:00 - 15:00

Visions, Missions, and Sustainable Business Models - Insights from Top-Performing Business Incubators and Accelerators

TED-style Presentations

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler

CEO, 1871
Zamir Shukhov

Zamir Shukhov

CEO & Partner, Global Venture Alliance Accelerator Program
Adriano Marconetto

Adriano Marconetto

Co-Founder & CEO, YAR
15:00 - 16:00

How to Create Value for Your Innovation Ecosystem

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Marat Ressin

Marat Ressin

President & Professor, York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI)

How to Create Value for Your Client Startups

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Keri Damen

Keri Damen

Managing Director, University of Toronto Entrepreneurship
Richard Chénier

Richard Chénier

General Manager, Centech
Saulo de Souza Rodrigues

Saulo de Souza Rodrigues

Incubator Manager, SUPERA
Monika Radclyffe

Monika Radclyffe

Chair of Business Acceleration Centres, SETSquared Partnership Bristol

How to Create Value for Your Program

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Monica Hedberg

Monica Hedberg

Project Director, Uppsala Innovation Center
Chris Diaper

Chris Diaper

Director of Strategic Partnerships, TEC Edmonton
Svetlana Alexandrova

Svetlana Alexandrova

Acceleration Program Manager, HSE Inc.
Abdullah Snobar

Abdullah Snobar

Executive Director, DMZ at Ryerson University
16:00 - 16:30

Networking & Engagement

Speed Dating

16:30 - 17:30

Beyond the City - Stimulating Innovation Through Creative Collisions in Rural Regions

Concurrent Workshop

Chris Moule

Chris Moule

Head of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Robert Gordon University

How to Create Value for Your Innovation Ecosystem - Economy Enhancement

Concurrent Workshop

Martin Croteau

Martin Croteau

Assistant Professor, Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson University

How to Create Value for Your Innovation Ecosystem - Talent Retention

Concurrent Workshop

Ņikita Kazakevičs

Ņikita Kazakevičs

Head of Jelgavas Business Incubator, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

How to Create Value for Your Client Startups - Competence Development

Concurrent Workshop

Luc Giguere

Luc Giguere

Entrepreneur in Residence & Acceleration Program Manager, Centech
Claudia Pingue

Claudia Pingue

General Manager, Polihub
Imran  Jattala

Imran Jattala

Co-Founder and CEO, Centre for Global Innovators

How to Create Value for Your Client Startups - Access to Funding

Concurrent Workshop

Sven De Cleyn

Sven De Cleyn

Program Manager, imec.istart
Ronald Stubblefield

Ronald Stubblefield

Assistant Director, ETC
Monika Radclyffe

Monika Radclyffe

Chair of Business Acceleration Centres, SETSquared Partnership Bristol

How to Create Value for Your Client Startups - Access to Networks

Concurrent Workshop

How to Create Value for Your Program - Program Attractiveness

Concurrent Workshop

Arzu Eryilmaz

Arzu Eryilmaz

Founder & Managing Director, Incubation Centers & Acceleration Programs, Istanbul Technical University (ITU)
Federica Biancon

Federica Biancon

Startup Selection & Investment Manager, Polihub

How to Create Value for Your Program - Post-Graduation Performance

Concurrent Workshop

Monica Hedberg

Monica Hedberg

Project Director, Uppsala Innovation Center
Chris Diaper

Chris Diaper

Director of Strategic Partnerships, TEC Edmonton
17:30 - 18:30

Networking & Engagement

18:30 - 20:30

Traditional Qatari Dinner

Special Recognitions Announcement

Nov 6Partnerships Day

  • Conference Sessions

  • Networking & Social Breaks

7:00 - 8:00

Registration Opens

Sports & Wellness Activities

8:00 - 8:30

Bus Transfer

8:30 - 9:00

Networking & Engagement

9:30 - 10:00

Keynote

10:00 - 11:00

From FFF to VCs - How to Connect your Client Startups with the Best Sources of Funding

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Sven De Cleyn

Sven De Cleyn

Program Manager, imec.istart
Monika Radclyffe

Monika Radclyffe

Chair of Business Acceleration Centres, SETSquared Partnership Bristol
Hamad Al-Qahtani

Hamad Al-Qahtani

General Manager, Qatar Business Incubation Centre
Jorg Kop

Jorg Kop

Managing Director, UtrechtInc

From Contact to Contract - How to establish Corporate Partnerships that benefit your startups, your partners, and your program (I/II)

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Sergey Lukashkin

Sergey Lukashkin

Director of Digital Transformation, Bank VTB PAO
Abdullah Snobar

Abdullah Snobar

Executive Director, DMZ at Ryerson University
Irina Martynova

Irina Martynova

Head of the Corporate Direction, GenerationS Corporate Accelerator

From Intrapreneurship to Corporate Accelerators – How to Develop Successful Corporate Innovation Programs

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Stephan Marquart

Stephan Marquart

Director, Tomorrow Street (Vodafone)
Zamir Shukhov

Zamir Shukhov

CEO & Partner, Global Venture Alliance Accelerator Program
Sander Van Der Blonk

Sander Van Der Blonk

Founding Partner, Teeming.Network
Ozan Sonmez

Ozan Sonmez

Founding Managing Director, Growth Circuit Accelerator (GCA), SDG Impact Accelerator
11:00 - 11:30

Networking & Engagement

11:30 - 12:30

Better Together – How to Reap the Most Rewards from Industry Associations

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Laura Očagova

Laura Očagova

Business Incubator Department Director, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA)
Noshaba Awais

Noshaba Awais

Director, Research & Development, Higher Education Commission
Kjell-Håkan Närfelt

Kjell-Håkan Närfelt

Chief Strategy Advisor, Vinnova
Yan Zhenjun

Yan Zhenjun

CEO & Founder, WIIN
Yusuf Hussain

Yusuf Hussain

CEO, IGNITE

From Soft-Landing Support to Joint Ventures – How to Set up Mutually Beneficial Incubator and Accelerator Partnerships

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Karen Brooks

Karen Brooks

Programme Director, SetSquared Partnership
Sven De Cleyn

Sven De Cleyn

Program Manager, imec.istart
Monica Hedberg

Monica Hedberg

Project Director, Uppsala Innovation Center
Ozan Sonmez

Ozan Sonmez

Founding Managing Director, Growth Circuit Accelerator (GCA), SDG Impact Accelerator
Michael Hähnle

Michael Hähnle

Startup Consultant, INiTS

From Lecture Hall to Makerspace – How to Optimize Incubator/Accelerator-University Partnerships

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Jane S. C. Liu

Jane S. C. Liu

Director, Chaoyang University of Technology
Juha Pettari Peralampi

Juha Pettari Peralampi

Manager, Business Incubator, Qatar University
Abdullah Ismail

Abdullah Ismail

Founder & CEO, Innoplore Ltd. | Innoplore Community
Sherif El Tawil

Sherif El Tawil

Director of Operations & Strategic Projects, DMZ
Saad Moazam

Saad Moazam

Mechanical Designer, QBIC Fab Lab
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 14:00

Strengthening Qatar’s Startup Ecosystem: Lessons from the US, Asia, and Europe

Luncheon Keynote

14:00 - 15:00

From CRM to Performance Tracking - How to Evaluate and Select Third-Party Tools and Services

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler

CEO, 1871
Sherif El Tawil

Sherif El Tawil

Director of Operations & Strategic Projects, DMZ
Alain R. Valiquette

Alain R. Valiquette

Founder & CEO, AcceleratorApp

From Contact to Contract - How to establish Corporate Partnerships that benefit your startups, your partners, and your program (II/II)

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Yosouf Saleh

Yosouf Saleh

Executive Director, Qatar Science & Technology Park
15:00 - 16:00

Data, Efficiency, Community. Leveraging AcceleratorApp to build a smarter Incubator/Accelerator

Alain R. Valiquette

Alain R. Valiquette

Founder & CEO, AcceleratorApp

How to Grow Return on Collaboration - for Startups, Incubators, Accelerators, and Corporations

Concurrent Workshop

Sander Van Der Blonk

Sander Van Der Blonk

Founding Partner, Teeming.Network

How to Establish Corporate Partnerships that Benefit Your Startups, Partners, and Program

Concurrent Workshop

Irina Martynova

Irina Martynova

Head of the Corporate Direction, GenerationS Corporate Accelerator

How to Connect Your Client Startups with the Best Sources of Funding

Concurrent Workshop

Sven De Cleyn

Sven De Cleyn

Program Manager, imec.istart
Duha Al-Buhendi

Duha Al-Buhendi

Manager, MOTC Digital Incubation Center (DIC)

How to Develop Successful Corporate Innovation Programs

Concurrent Workshop

Stephan Marquart

Stephan Marquart

Director, Tomorrow Street (Vodafone)
Anna Meliantsova

Anna Meliantsova

Corporate Program Manager, HSE Inc

How to Construct Mutually Beneficial Incubator and Accelerator Partnerships

Concurrent Workshop

Karen Brooks

Karen Brooks

Programme Director, SetSquared Partnership

How to get the most out of Industry Association Memberships

Concurrent Workshop

Alex Ariho

Alex Ariho

Founding Director & CEO, African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN)
Yusuf Hussain

Yusuf Hussain

CEO, IGNITE

How to Optimize Incubator/Accelerator-University Partnerships

Concurrent Workshop

Juha Pettari Peralampi

Juha Pettari Peralampi

Manager, Business Incubator, Qatar University
Abdullah Ismail

Abdullah Ismail

Founder & CEO, Innoplore Ltd. | Innoplore Community
Ghazala Yaqub

Ghazala Yaqub

Head Research Operations (Associate Professor), Kinnaird College for Women
16:00 - 16:30

Networking & Engagement

16:30 - 17:30

Future Trends: Female Entrepreneurship

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Rabia Ahmad Mughal

Rabia Ahmad Mughal

Co-Founder, CEO, KINECTO
Kashif Joseph

Kashif Joseph

Manager of IT & Facility, National Incubation Centre
Sherif El Tawil

Sherif El Tawil

Director of Operations & Strategic Projects, DMZ

Future Trends: Talent Diversity & Inclusion

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Ronald Stubblefield

Ronald Stubblefield

Assistant Director, ETC
Chris Moule

Chris Moule

Head of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Robert Gordon University
Suzan Abu Farha

Suzan Abu Farha

Project Manager, Palestinian Consultative Staff for Developing NGOS
Carolina López Saa

Carolina López Saa

Director, Campus Nova-Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, Pontificia Javeriana University

Future Technologies

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Sergey Lukashkin

Sergey Lukashkin

Director of Digital Transformation, Bank VTB PAO
Liene Briede

Liene Briede

Lead of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support Programs, RTU Design Factor
Katrin Scholz-Barth

Katrin Scholz-Barth

President, SustainableQATAR
17:30 - 18:30

Networking & Engagement

Bus Transfer

19:00 - 22:30

UBI Awards Gala Dinner at Museum of Islamic Arts

Ranking Announcement - The UBI Global World Rankings of Business Incubators and Accelerators 2019-2020

22:30

Post Event Networking

Shanghai Club at JW Marriott Hotel

Nov 7Local Ecosystem Day

  • Conference Sessions

  • Networking & Social Breaks

10:00 - 12:00

Doha Ecosystem Tour

13:00 - 14:00

Ecosystem Tour Lunch

WIS19 Program Committee

Combining decades of international experience and expertise in the industry, the following innovation managers, researchers, promoters, and entrepreneurs helped shape the conference program.

Flavio Wagner

Flavio Wagner

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

President of the Brazilian Chapter of the Internet Society.

Hamad Al Qahtani

Hamad Al Qahtani

Qatar Business Incubation Center

General Manager

Holger Meyer

Holger Meyer

UBI Global

Head Of Research

Irene Fialka

Irene Fialka

INiTS Universitäres Gründerservice Wien GmbH

CEO

Jane Liu

Jane Liu

Chinese Business Incubation Association

Vice Chairman

Laura Očagova

Laura Očagova

Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

Business Incubator Department Director

Oren Simanian

Oren Simanian

International Sports Technology Innovation Centre Colosseum Sport

Founder & Managing Director

Peter Githinji

Peter Githinji

African Agribusiness Incubators Network

Director of Incubation Systems and Skills Development

Shahida Saleem

Shahida Saleem

PEP Foundation

Managing Trustee

Sven De Cleyn

Sven De Cleyn

IMEC.ISTART

Program Manager

Valerie Fox

Valerie Fox

The Pivotal Point

Innovation Consultant

Zhenjun (Roy) Yann

Zhenjun (Roy) Yann

World Intelligent Incubation Network

Founder and CEO

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