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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

9:00 - 13:00 13:00 - 14:00 14:00 - 17:00 15:00 - 16:00 16:00 - 17:00 17:00 - 18:00 18:00 - 20:00 20:00 - 22:00

November 5

Best Practices Day

7:00 - 8:00 8:00 8:30 - 9:00 9:00 - 9:30 9:30 - 10:00 10:00 - 11:00 11:00 - 11:30 11:30 - 12:30 12:30 - 13:00 12:30 - 13:00 13:00 - 14:00 14:00 - 15:00 15:00 - 16:00 16:00 - 16:30 16:30 - 17:30 17:30 - 18:30 18:30 - 20:30 ECOSYSTEMBEST PRACTICES INCUBATION / ACCELERATIONBEST PRACTICES Bus Transfer

November 6

Partnerships Day

7:00 - 8:00 8:30 - 9:30 8:00 9:30 - 10:00 10:00 - 11:00 11:00 - 11:30 11:30 - 12:30 12:30 - 13:00 13:00 - 14:00 14:00 - 15:00 15:00 - 16:00 16:00 - 16:30 16:30 - 17:30 17:30 - 19:00 18:00 19:00 - 22:30 22:30 Bus Transfer FUTURE INCUBATION / ACCELERATIONBEST PRACTICES Bus Transfer

November 7

Local Ecosystem Day

10:00 - 12:00

Nov 4Pre-conference Activities Day

Registered IncStart Participants OnlyTo learn more, contact us here
  • Conference Sessions

  • Networking & Social Breaks

Registered IncStart Participants OnlyTo learn more, contact us here
9:00 - 13:00

INCSTART Workshop (I/II)

Full day workshop (I/II)

This full day workshop is designed to teach participants how they can use the IncStart Methodology to identify, discuss, and solve challenges they are facing.

During this workshop, participants will work to answer the following questions:

  • What do I need to consider when planning an incubator or accelerator and how do I build it?

  • What types of programs and services do I need and how do I deliver them?

  • What processes, activities and staff do I need to operate my incubator and how do I manage them?

  • How do I evaluate my programs to improve the performance of my incubator and clients?

  • What do I need to consider when my ecosystem starts to change and how do I pivot my incubator?

Workshop Activities:

  • Pre-workshop exercises and reading.

  • Coaching on how to use the IncStart Method and the IncStart Canvas, so you can apply this method to build your program.

  • Mission and vision mapping for participating incubation programs.

  • Group discussions and best practice sharing on program operations and how to address barriers to growth.

  • Group prototyping of potential solutions to common problems.

Outcomes for Participants:

  • New tools and skills to continue to build your incubator or accelerator.

  • Examples of how other programs address challenges and built their programs.

  • Examples of how to operate incubation programs.

  • Identification of barriers limiting growth.

  • Identification of national, regional, and institution-specific challenges and opportunities for your incubator or accelerator.

  • Action plan to establish or improve your incubator/accelerator.

  • Become part of an interactive learning community of international peers.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 18:00

INCSTART Workshop (II/II)

Full day workshop (II/II)

This full day workshop is designed to teach participants how they can use the IncStart Methodology to identify, discuss, and solve challenges they are facing.

During this workshop, participants will work to answer the following questions:

  • What do I need to consider when planning an incubator or accelerator and how do I build it?

  • What types of programs and services do I need and how do I deliver them?

  • What processes, activities and staff do I need to operate my incubator and how do I manage them?

  • How do I evaluate my programs to improve the performance of my incubator and clients?

  • What do I need to consider when my ecosystem starts to change and how do I pivot my incubator?

Workshop Activities:

  • Pre-workshop exercises and reading.

  • Coaching on how to use the IncStart Method and the IncStart Canvas, so you can apply this method to build your program.

  • Mission and vision mapping for participating incubation programs.

  • Group discussions and best practice sharing on program operations and how to address barriers to growth.

  • Group prototyping of potential solutions to common problems.

Outcomes for Participants:

  • New tools and skills to continue to build your incubator or accelerator.

  • Examples of how other programs address challenges and built their programs.

  • Examples of how to operate incubation programs.

  • Identification of barriers limiting growth.

  • Identification of national, regional, and institution-specific challenges and opportunities for your incubator or accelerator.

  • Action plan to establish or improve your incubator/accelerator.

  • Become part of an interactive learning community of international peers.

15:00 - 16:00

Registration Opens

16:00 - 17:00

WIS19 Orientation

17:00 - 18:00

Opening Reception

18:00 - 20:00

Networking & Engagement

20:00 - 22:00

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

10:00 - 11:00

How to Build Successful Innovation Ecosystems

Panel Discussion

It takes a village to raise a successful startup. Inspired by progressive concepts such as "open innovation", governments, corporations, incubators and accelerators, and other stakeholders invest billions of dollars, pool resources, and forge partnerships to create flourishing innovation ecosystems. However, despite laudable intentions, substantial efforts, and impressive price tags, most of these incentives fail to produce the desired results.

In this session, corporate innovation officers, policymakers, and incubator and accelerator managers from leading innovation ecosystems share and compare 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.

11:00 - 11:30

Networking & Engagement

11:30 - 12:30

How to Build Successful Innovation Ecosystems - Best Practices from Africa

Concurrent Workshop

This workshop focuses on the development of appropriate responses to the most important challenges and opportunities encountered by innovators in Africa. Attendees are invited to form groups of 6-8 participants to discuss and analyze these issues using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. The discussions are guided by experienced innovation experts from the region. The results are collected at the end of the workshop and made available to all participants.

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

Concurrent Workshop

This workshop focuses on the development of appropriate responses to the most important challenges and opportunities encountered by innovators in Asia-Pacific. Attendees are invited to form groups of 6-8 participants to discuss and analyze these issues using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. The discussions are guided by experienced innovation experts from the region. The results are collected at the end of the workshop and made available to all participants.

How to Build Successful Innovation Ecosystems - Best Practices from Europe

Concurrent Workshop

This workshop focuses on the development of appropriate responses to the most important challenges and opportunities encountered by innovators in Europe. Attendees are invited to form groups of 6-8 participants to discuss and analyze these issues using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. The discussions are guided by experienced innovation experts from the region. The results are collected at the end of the workshop and made available to all participants.

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

Concurrent Workshop

This workshop focuses on the development of appropriate responses to the most important challenges and opportunities encountered by innovators in the Middle East and North Africa. Attendees are invited to form groups of 6-8 participants to discuss and analyze these issues using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. The discussions are guided by experienced innovation experts from the region. The results are collected at the end of the workshop and made available to all participants.

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

Concurrent Workshop

This workshop focuses on the development of appropriate responses to the most important challenges and opportunities encountered by innovators in North America. Attendees are invited to form groups of 6-8 participants to discuss and analyze these issues using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. The discussions are guided by experienced innovation experts from the region. The results are collected at the end of the workshop and made available to all participants.

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

Concurrent Workshop

This workshop focuses on the development of appropriate responses to the most important challenges and opportunities encountered by innovators in South America. Attendees are invited to form groups of 6-8 participants to discuss and analyze these issues using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. The discussions are guided by experienced innovation experts from the region. The results are collected at the end of the workshop and made available to all participants.

12:30 - 13:00

Luncheon Keynote

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

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

TED-style Presentations

Managers from top-performing incubators and accelerators (according to the World Benchmark Study 2019 - 2020) showcase their strategies to achieve sustainable performance and lasting impact.

Discover what makes a successful business incubation or acceleration program and be inspired to take your own programs to the next level.

15:00 - 16:00

How to Create Value for Your Innovation Ecosystem

Concurrent Panel Discussion

One central objective of many incubators and accelerators is to increase the competitiveness of their innovation ecosystems. During this panel discussion, managers of top-performing incubators and accelerators explain how and why their programs, and client and alumni startups became important pillars of their respective local, regional, and national economies, and reveal how your program can best retain knowledge and startups in your respective innovation ecosystems.

How to Create Value for Your Client Startups

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Providing client startups with access to customized training and support services, suitable funding sources, and relevant networks, is crucial for their long-term success and your program's as well. Join a panel of experts from top-performing incubators and accelerators in discussing how to construct your service portfolio, connect your client startups with the right kinds of investors, and to build and maintain a strong support network following tried-and-true best practices.

How to Create Value for Your Program

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Attracting the right kind of startups, satisfying the demands of your partners, sponsors, and investors, building your program’s reputation, and establishing a solid track-record of successful alumni startups often resembles a catch-22. In this session, experts from top-performing incubators and accelerators reveal how they manage their deal flow pipelines, stakeholder relations, and brand development, while simultaneously tracking and supporting their client startups' post-graduation performance.

16:00 - 16:30

Networking & Engagement

Speed Dating

16:30 - 17:30

How to Create Value for Your Innovation Ecosystem - Economy Enhancement

Concurrent Workshop

Explore the best methods for your incubator or accelerator to enhance its local, regional, and national economy in this exciting workshop. Building on the preceding "How to Create Value for Your Ecosystem" panel discussion, the workshop focuses on how your program can improve graduation rates and self-generated revenue, while better supporting your client startups in developing successful HR and sales strategies.

Expert incubation and acceleration professionals guide discussion groups of 6-8 participants, who will analyze this topic using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. All WIS19 attendees will have access to the results of these workshops.

How to Create Value for Your Innovation Ecosystem - Talent Retention

Concurrent Workshop

This workshop explores the best ways for your incubator or accelerator to enhance its local, regional, and national economy. Building on the preceding "How to Create Value for your Ecosystem" panel discussion, the workshop focuses on how to select client ventures and retain knowledge, talent, and startups in your innovation ecosystem.

Expert incubation and acceleration professionals guide discussion groups of 6-8 participants, who will analyze this topic using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. All WIS19 attendees will have access to the results of these workshops.

How to Create Value for Your Client Startups - Competence Development

Concurrent Workshop

Explore the best methods for your incubator or accelerator to support your client startups' competence development. Building on the preceding "How to Create Value for your Client Startups" panel discussion, the workshop focuses on how to build a strong service portfolio and how to provide your client startups with tailored coaches and mentoring support.

Expert incubation and acceleration professionals will guide discussion groups of 6-8 participants, who will analyze this topic using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. All WIS19 attendees will have access to the results of these workshops.

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

Concurrent Workshop

Explore the best methods for your incubator or accelerator to support your client startups' efforts to attract funding. Building on the preceding "How to Create Value for your Client Startups" panel discussion, the workshop continues the discussion on different sources of funds and how you can support your client startups in accessing them.

Expert incubation and acceleration professionals guide discussion groups of 6-8 participants, who will analyze this topic using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. All WIS19 attendees will have access to the results of these workshops.

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

Concurrent Workshop

Explore the best ways for your incubator or accelerator to support your client startups' efforts to form crucial connections. Building on the preceding "How to Create Value for your Client Startups" panel discussion, the workshop focuses on how you can best connect your client startups with partners and other stakeholders, and how to build and retain a strong and mutually beneficial alumni entrepreneur network.

Expert incubation and acceleration professionals guide discussion groups of 6-8 participants, who will analyze this topic using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. All WIS19 attendees will have access to the results of these workshops.

How to Create Value for Your Program - Program Attractiveness

Concurrent Workshop

Explores the best ways for your incubator or accelerator to build a self-sustaining, prosperous program. Building on the preceding "How to Create Value for your Program" panel discussion, the workshop focuses on how best to attract third-party support and deal flow while growing your program's brand and reputation.

Expert incubation and acceleration professionals guide discussion groups of 6-8 participants, who will analyze this topic using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. All WIS19 attendees will have access to the results of these workshops.

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

Concurrent Workshop

Explore the best ways for your incubator or accelerator to ensure your client startups' short-, medium-, and long-term success. Building on the preceding "How to Create Value for your Program" panel discussion, the workshop focuses on how you can increase your client startups' survival rate and improve their growth trajectories.

Expert incubation and acceleration professionals guide discussion groups of 6-8 participants, who will analyze this topic using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. All WIS19 attendees will have access to the results of these workshops.

17:30 - 18:30

Networking & Engagement

18:30 - 20:30

Activate Your Cultural Knowledge - Traditional Qatari Dining

You are invited to join a culturally enriching dining experience at the outdoor garden of the Grand Hyatt Hotel Doha. Arabic set up with middle eastern cuisine paired with various Qatari entertainment will ensure an unforgettable evening spent together.

Grand Hyatt Garden

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 - 9:30

Networking & Engagement

9:30 - 10:00

Keynote

10:00 - 11:00

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

Concurrent Panel Discussion

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 sectors and industries both adjacent and targeted to their core business. If done correctly, collaborating with business incubators and accelerators provides one of the most efficient and effective ways to achieve this goal.

In this session, incubator and accelerator managers and their corporate partners reveal how they went "From Contact to Contract", elaborating on their motivations, challenges, and benefits, and the most important lessons learned in the process.

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

Concurrent Panel Discussion

From the three F's (friends, family, and fools) to incubator and accelerator in-house seed funds, angel investors, and venture capital firms, startup funding comes from a fascinating variety of sources. At the same time, connecting startups with the right kind of investors at the right time is one of the most important determinants of their long-term success.

In this session, venture capitalists, angel investors, incubator and accelerator managers, and entrepreneurs discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different ways of securing startup funding, reveal their success strategies, and provide guidance and best-practices for mutually beneficial startup-investor matchmaking.

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

Concurrent Panel Discussion

“Lack of innovation” is frequently cited as the key reason for the failure of former market leaders such as Nokia and Toys R Us. Avoiding this fate often means that corporate innovation managers face the difficult task of integrating shifting consumer trends and rapid technological progress into coherent innovation strategies while simultaneously reshaping established corporate cultures and processes.

Join a panel of accomplished corporate innovation executives, incubator and accelerator managers in discussing the evolution of their innovation strategies and learn how you can collaborate with them.

11:00 - 11:30

Networking & Engagement

11:30 - 12:30

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

Concurrent Panel Discussion

As more and more startups are “born global”, they require support that goes beyond individual incubator or accelerator's local ecosystems, cities, regions, and countries. One way to deliver such international assistance is the establishment of bi- and multi- lateral program partnerships.

Listen to and engage with incubator and accelerator managers who forged such partnerships. Learn from your peers how they found fitting partner programs, which benefits they and their client startups derive from their partnerships, and what key lessons they learned along the way.

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

Concurrent Panel Discussion

From expanding your network and sharing knowledge, to best-practices, resources for training, and competence development, the benefits of joining an industry association are many.

Representatives from innovation support organizations from around the world invite you to learn more about their missions, activities, and offerings, and to join and collaborate with them.

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

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Aspiring entrepreneurs expect more from their university years than a degree. They want to explore disruptive ideas, set up innovative ventures, launch creative products and services, and change the world – while they're at it. Well-run university-linked incubators and accelerators play an increasingly important role in attracting and retaining entrepreneurial students, faculty, and researchers, while commercializing research, and building bridges between industry and academia.

Get inspired by a panel of accomplished managers of such programs, as they explain how they developed their service offerings, navigate the unique challenges and opportunities associated with academic institutions, and help universities rethink their role in creating the next generation of entrepreneurs.

12:30 - 13:00

Luncheon Keynote

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

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

Concurrent Workshop

Explore the best methods for your incubator or accelerator to find and engage with corporate partners. Building on the "From Contact to Contract" panel discussion, the workshop focuses on how you can scout, evaluate, and select quality corporate partners.

Corporate innovation managers and incubator and accelerator managers will guide discussion groups of 6-8 participants, who will analyze this topic using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. All WIS19 attendees will have access to the results of these workshops.

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

Concurrent Workshop

Discover the best ways for your incubator or accelerator to connect your client and alumni startups with fitting sources of funding. Building on the earlier "From FFF to VCs" panel discussion, the workshop focuses on how you can support startups’ efforts to evaluate, pitch to, and secure different sources of funding.

Investors, incubator and accelerator managers, and entrepreneurs guide discussion groups of 6-8 participants, who will analyze this topic using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. All WIS19 attendees will have access to the results of these workshops.

How to Develop Successful Corporate Innovation Programs

Concurrent Workshop

Examine the best ways for your incubator or accelerator to engage with corporate innovation programs. Building on the earlier "From Entrepreneurship to Corporate Accelerators" panel discussion, the workshop focuses on how you can set up, run, or collaborate with corporate innovation, incubation, and acceleration initiatives.

Corporate innovation managers and incubator and accelerator managers guide discussion groups of 6-8 participants, who will analyze this topic using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. All WIS19 attendees will have access to the results of these workshops.

How to Construct Mutually Beneficial Incubator and Accelerator Partnerships

Concurrent Workshop

Probe the best ways for your incubator or accelerator to set up partnerships with peer programs. Building on the earlier "From Soft-Landing to Joint Ventures” panel discussion, the workshop focuses on how you can conceptualize, start, and benefit from peer-to-peer partnerships.

Incubator and accelerator managers guide discussion groups of 6-8 participants, who will analyze this topic using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. All WIS19 attendees will have access to the results of these workshops.

How to get the most out of Industry Association Memberships

Concurrent Workshop

Take a deep dive into the best ways for your incubator or accelerator to benefit from industry association memberships. Building on the earlier "Better together” panel discussion, the workshop focuses on how you can evaluate, become active in, and profit from membership in different industry associations.

Industry association representatives and incubator and accelerator managers guide discussion groups of 6-8 participants, who will analyze this topic using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. All WIS19 attendees will have access to the results of these workshops.

How to Optimize Incubator/Accelerator-University Partnerships

Concurrent Workshop

This workshop delves into the best ways for your university-linked incubator or accelerator to collaborate with their partner university or universities. Building on the earlier "From Lecture Hall to Makerspace” panel discussion, the workshop focuses on how you can develop your service offerings and navigate the challenges and opportunities associated with academic institutions.

University representatives and incubator and accelerator managers guide discussion groups of 6-8 participants, who will analyze this topic using the C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result) method. All WIS19 attendees will have access to the results of these workshops.

15:00 - 16:00

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

Panel Discussion

Top-performing accelerators and incubators utilize a host of third-party tools and services to provide their client and alumni startups with the best possible support.

Engage with a panel of service provider representatives, incubator and accelerator managers, and entrepreneurs, as they introduce the most powerful tools and services available today and discover how you can adapt them to your program’s and client startups’ specific needs.

16:00 - 16:30

Networking & Engagement

16:30 - 17:30

Future Trends: Female Entrepreneurship

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Despite barriers such as discrimination, legal inequality, and detrimental socio-cultural norms and traditions that still exist, female entrepreneurship continues to gain momentum around the globe. As more and more women join the ranks of successful startup founders, mentors, investors, and supporters, previously male-dominated entrepreneurship ecosystems experience fundamental changes and new waves of innovation.

Join a panel of successful entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, activists, and incubator and accelerator managers, in discussing how to overcome existing barriers and how to best support aspiring and seasoned female entrepreneurs.

Future Trends: Talent Diversity & Inclusion

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Diversity has always been a central driver of innovation. As the accelerating forces of globalization erode physical boundaries, broaden intellectual horizons, and intensify international competition for top talent and ideas, ambitious entrepreneurs of all genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnic groups, nationalities, and religions demand equal opportunity to participate in the global innovation ecosystem.

Join a panel of successful entrepreneurs, activists, migration experts, and incubator and accelerator managers, in discussing how to best support currently underrepresented segments of our global society in pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams, starting businesses, and changing the world.

Future Technologies: CleanTech

Concurrent Panel Discussion

From food and energy production to recycling and waste management, CleanTech solutions represent some of the most promising components in humanity’s global efforts to halt climate change.

Join a panel of entrepreneurs, incubator and accelerator managers, and government representatives in discussing the most promising ways to encourage, develop and support CleanTech startups.

Future Technologies: FinTech

Concurrent Panel Discussion

Little more than a decade has passed since the global financial crisis. Since that time, a multitude of new players ranging from rapidly scaling startups to multinational tech companies have entered the global financial services sector. Offering innovative solutions to changing consumer needs – at superior speed and a fraction of the cost of traditional banking and investment services – these FinTech ventures force traditional financial institutions to pivot, innovate, and collaborate to stay relevant.

Join a panel of industry experts, investors, incubator and accelerator managers, and entrepreneurs in discussing how FinTech is disrupting the global financial services sector and how your organization can best support and collaborate with startups in this sector.

Future Technologies: SportsTech

Concurrent Panel Discussion

In recent years, this rapidly growing sector – which accounts for more than one percent of the global GDP – has been radically changed by the advent of tech solutions. As innovative startups enter the marketplace, established multinational corporations are pressured to adapt and digitize their own offerings.

Join a panel of industry experts, incubator and accelerator managers, and entrepreneurs in discussing how SportsTech is disrupting the global sports sector and how your organization can best support and collaborate with SportsTech startups.

17:30 - 19:00

Networking & Engagement

Bus Transfer

19:00 - 22:30

UBI Awards and Recognition Gala

Ranking Announcement - World’s Best Incubators and Accelerators

22:30

After Party

Shanghai Club at JW Marriott Hotel

Nov 7Local Ecosystem Day

Registration RequiredTo learn more, contact us here
  • Conference Sessions

  • Networking & Social Breaks

Registration RequiredTo learn more, contact us here
10:00 - 12:00

Doha Ecosystem Tour

This full day workshop is designed to teach participants how they can use the IncStart Methodology to identify, discuss, and solve challenges they are facing.

During this workshop, participants will work to answer the following questions:

  • What do I need to consider when planning an incubator or accelerator and how do I build it?

  • What types of programs and services do I need and how do I deliver them?

  • What processes, activities and staff do I need to operate my incubator and how do I manage them?

  • How do I evaluate my programs to improve the performance of my incubator and clients?

  • What do I need to consider when my ecosystem starts to change and how do I pivot my incubator?

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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