Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum

Successful Companies Through Incubation
SoCal Incubators Serve the High Tech Industry

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Early stage companies need to conserve their resources, and moving into business incubators designed to accelerate their growth offers one very attractive option. Business incubators reduce the risk of small business failures by offering not only affordable space – a premium in Los Angeles – but also shared facilities and an array of business support resources and services that can be valuable to companies just starting out. Astute entrepreneurs also know that they are joining a business community and can leverage the advantageous connections and networks centered on a well-run incubator. In fact statistics bear out these facts: the National Business Incubator Association reports that 87% of all firms that graduated from NBIA member incubators are still in business.
The Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum on October 11 will feature some of the award-winning business incubators supporting the high tech industry in Greater Los Angeles. Come hear about the regional business incubator network and get answers to your questions about how they can benefit your business, including:
What is a business incubator and what types are available? What type of entrepreneurial companies benefit from those incubators? Why do entrepreneurs apply? Do they think it was worthwhile after they graduate? Would they do it again? How do investors think about businesses in incubators?
These questions and more will be answered by representatives from major incubators in the Los Angeles area and entrepreneurs heading successful incubator “graduates”. Come and listen, learn, meet and ask your own questions about how these organizations can save you time and money, as well as advance your business goals.

Confirmed Speakers

John Waller
Managing Director
New Ventures

Mark Lieberman
Community Development Commission of Los Angeles County

Stan Tomsic
Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County

Doug Howe
Interim Director
i3 Advanced Technology Incubator
College of the Canyons

Bruce Bromstrom
Pasadena BioScience Collaborative

Bart Greenberg
Digital Media Center of Santa Ana
DMC Advisory Group
President, Tech Coast Venture Group

Sponsors for this Program

Saturday morning, October 11, 2008
Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. at Baxter Hall, Caltech
Program: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Baxter Lecture Hall
Networking: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Baxter Hall, Caltech
Directions/Maps: Directions to the Forum; Caltech's Interactive Map
$40 on-line registration fee. $50 at-the-door. $10 for students with full-time student ID (must show at door); free to Caltech students. Registrations are taken on-line up to 5:00 p.m., October 9, 2008. There are no refunds for no-shows.

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