5th International Summit of Business Incubation Associations

Toronto, Canada (28 Apr 2002)

Internal Agreements

Summit delegates to the International Summit of Business incubation Associations 2002, meeting in congress April 28, 2002, agreed on the following:

1. NBIA should forward to Summit attendees a proposal to develop a simple, low-cost database that can be accessed via the Web to provide data that would document reaching the big picture goal referred to in Resolution 1, "Resolutions of the International Summit of Business Incubation Associations, May 17, 2001, San Jose, California." (This agreement would also accord with Internal Agreement 2, "Internal Agreements of the International Summit of Business Incubation Associations, May 17, 2001, San Jose, California.") NBIA should provide a proposal describing a suggested Web service, cost and capabilities. The service should be available to all international associations who wish to participate.

  1. NBIA should, by July 1, 2002, produce a template or forms useful for developing short, narrative stories dramatically showing the success of business incubation as a strategy to develop community and national economies. This template will contribute to achieving Resolution 1, "Resolutions of the International Summit of Business Incubation Associations, May 17, 2001, San Jose, California." (Use of "success stories" for this purpose is also based on Internal Agreement 2, "Internal Agreements of the International Summit of Business Incubation Associations, May 17, 2002.") The template for information collection should:
    1. Permit collection of information that could serve as the basis of case studies both of successful incubators and of successful incubator clients or graduates
    2. Provide examples of success stories that could encourage authorities (or incubators) to undertake core or novel incubation activities and to develop or continue program support
    3. Contribute a variety of success stories that will assist in disseminating new ideas globally
    4. Serve as a strategic tool for incubators and associations to use with local boards and newspapers or other news media
    5. Personalize data and statistics on incubation industry growth and success
    6. Contribute to developing a basic glossary of incubator terms
    7. Relate to the 11 goals of business incubation described in Resolution 2, "Resolutions of the International Summit of Business Incubation Associations, May 17, 2001, San Jose, California."
      hServe as the basis for further discussions among International Summit members/participants
  2. Summit members should attempt to meet for a second time during 2002, probably in Dortmund, Germany, in conjunction with the upcoming ADT (German association) meeting. Based on indication that ADT is interested in hosting such a meeting, participants asked that they each be forwarded formal invitations both to the Summit and including an opportunity to speak during the ADT conference. (NBIA will contact ADT.)
  3. Summit members should begin to identify sites for future Summit meetings and solicit interest from potential Association hosts.

Participants also suggested potential sites for future meetings including Quebec City, Canada; Sydney, Australia; Mjardevi, Sweden and an unspecified Asian location, in the event that it would not be possible to meet in Dortmund.

Delegates attending the April 28 meeting and reaching these internal agreements included:

ANZABI (Australian and New Zealand Association of Business Incubators)
Bob Waite, Director/Treasurer
Peter Barrowclough, Delegate

ANPROTEC (Brazilian Association of Science Parks & Incubators)
**Luis Afonso Bermudez
, President
Jose Alberto Aranha, Director

CABI (Canadian Association of Business Incubators)
Marie Lussier, President
Ed Hobbs, Delegate

France Incubation
Christian Pillot, Delegate

FTEI (France Technopoles Entreprises Innovation)
Alain Cholet, Delegate

JANBO (Japan Association of New Business Incubation Organizations)
Hirokazu Okumura, Executive Advisor
Terutaka Tansho, Researcher

KBIA (Korean Business Incubation Association)
Hong Kim, President
Bong-Jin Cho, Chief Vice President

Foundation of Romanian Business and Innovation Centers
Ioan Piturescu, Vice President
Constantin Mitulescu, Delegate

SWEDEPARK Swedish Technology Parks
Mary Spaeth, Delegate

CBIA (Chinese Business Incubation Association)
Benjamin Yuan, President
Robin Wu, Delegate

NBIA (National Business Incubation Association)
Dinah Adkins, President and CEO
Sandy Bourne, Chairman of the Board

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