BIIA Forum 2017

2017 Program Overview

BIIA National Forum Program 2017 ~ Wednesday 23rd August

Following a successful 2016 BIIA Forum we have responded to demand from Members and Stakeholders to conduct a second national event this year.

The 2017 Forum will focus on International, National and Local issues affecting business incubation, innovation programs and economic development strategies that work.

This year’s forum will be held immediately following the Small Business Development Conference (Sun 20th AGMs & Chairs Networking Event, 21st & 22nd Conference Program).

You may wish to attend both or just the BIIA Forum Event on Wednesday 23rd August at The Ville Casino-Resort, Townsville QLD.

Forum Theme: “Leveraging Business Incubators for Economic Growth”

Australia has a mature business incubation ecosystem.  Substantial assets operate in regional Australia and outer metropolitan suburbs.

This year’s Forum will showcase incubation programs at work and support delegates to realise new business opportunities.

8am    Registration

MC:  Official Welcome: Amanda Kenyon, Board Member, BIIA

Opening Address:  Lyn Hay, Chair BIIA

International Focus

  • Positioning and growing your incubator to become a real asset to your region:

Thea Chase, Director, Southwest Innovation Corridor, Telluride, Colorado USA, has successfully guided the accelerator program for the last three years.  She has extensive incubation management experience as Executive Director of the Business Incubator Centre in Grand Junction Colorado (1993-2066).

Thea is now leading efforts to develop a Southwest Innovation Corridor (SWIC).

She is charged with the task of creating and connecting college and entrepreneurship programs and leveraging innovation infrastructure including Fort Lewis College’s school of Engineering, regional Small Business Development Centres (SBDC), Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program, regional governments and co-working organizations to bring them into a functioning cohesive ecosystem.

Thea also has extensive experience consulting internationally in entrepreneurial eco-system building, including recent projects in the Middle East.

  • Global Trends Update

What is happening in Asia, Middle East, Europe and the US?:

Julian Webb (CREEDA Projects and World Bank InfoDev Incubation Program & Phil Kemp (CEO Business Foundations and BIIA Liaison to the Asian Association of Business Incubators, HQ in Shanghai)

With extensive consulting experience and connections to BIIA’s affiliate organisations across the world, Julian and Phil will provide delegates with the latest trends and case studies.

Morning Tea Break

National Focus

  • The Incubator Support Program

The Commonwealth wants to evolve the program going forward: Laura Rahn (Manager – Accelerating

Commercialisation Strategy, AusIndustry – Innovation Programmes) will share about future incubation policy.

Regional incubators may be particularly interested in this session.

  • Is your incubator shooting the breeze alone or, is it a lynch-pin for all things business in your region?  

This case study has it all and will showcase how an incubator can build complimentary programs to create a local ‘ecosystem’ for start-ups and small businesses.

Petr Adamek CEO / Craig Davis GM Growth for the Canberra Business Innovation Network will share their experiences managing the KILN Incubator: KILN offers a range of resources and services including education, coaching, mentoring, business advisory services, space and connectivity with the ecosystem to shorten your time-to-success (or time-to-pivot). The purpose of KILN is to support founders of high-growth potential entrepreneurial ventures and owners and operators of high growth potential SMEs in the ACT through provision of highly customised business incubation services.

Lunch Break

Local Focus

  • Be the solution and investment will follow

Hit the right buttons with your local council and build a mutually beneficial relationship to leverage investments from State and Federal programs.

Incubator veteran Lyn Hay, CE of the Adelaide Business Hub and strategic partner, Ed Scanlon, Senior Economic Development Officer from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield will enlighten us about the benefits that can be achieved through collaboration. ABH has been successful for 18 years and the relationship with the local council has helped the incubator to innovate new programs, build state and federal relationships and attract $6M in program investments.

  • Open Forum

Raise the issues and discuss opportunities that matter to you and your

3.30pm: Official close

3.30-4.30pm: Informal networking & drinks


Forum Investment: (incl gst)

BIIA Members:  $264

Non-Members:  $330

If you are not a BIIA Member, you may wish to join for just $220 per annum.

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Highlights from the 2016 Program,

Keynote Speakers

Global Trends & Directions: Incubators, Accelerators, Co-Working Hubs & More!

Mr Julian Webb, Managing Director CREEDA Projects & Consultant to the World Bank, InfoDev Program

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Local Growth through Innovation: What a Business Accelerator Can Do

Mr Mark Corrie Chief Executive Western Business Accelerator & Centre for Excellence, City of Melton Victoria

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Innovation Competitiveness Across Australia

Assessing & Mapping a Region’s Innovation Capacity: LGA & RDA results so far: Dr Kim Houghton, General Manager Policy & Research, Regional Australia Institute

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Incubator, Corporate & Government Partners: Sustainable Evolution of the Melbourne Innovation Centre

Mr David Williamson, Chief Executive Officer, MIC

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National Leadership & Global Reach in Technology Incubation

Ms Petra Andren, Chief Executive Officer Strategy & Business Development, Australian Technology Park Innovations, NSW

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Measuring the Local Entrepreneur & Small Business Ecosystem: A role for Hubs & Govt.

Results for Detroit Vs Adelaide: Mr Russell Lornie, National General Manager, QLBS

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