IAN 2021 | Nottingham, 15-16 September 2021

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Registration is now open for the 4th Incubator and Accelerator Network annual conference. Join incubator managers from across the UK for two days of best-practice sharing, networking and collaboration.

This year’s conference is sponsored and hosted by Nottingham Trent University in its brand-new Dryden Enterprise Centre. We are grateful to Megan Powell-Vreeswijk for her generosity.

The conference will include sessions on:

  • What does incubation look like post-Covid?
  • Incubation and local growth: How to engage local authorities & LEPs
  • Integrating incubation into the wider entrepreneurship ecosystem
  • Cohorts, culture & community: Connecting entrepreneurs in a digital-first world
  • Connecting investors and entrepreneurs

Speakers include:

Draft schedule

This year we are delighted to welcome Hannah Prevett, deputy editor of The Times Enterprise Network at The Times and The Sunday Times, as our conference host.

Having cut her teeth writing about technology 15 years ago, Hannah now specialises in entrepreneurship, leadership and management. She is the deputy editor of The Times Enterprise Network, a dedicated channel for entrepreneurs and business owners, and regularly hosts Times events, including The Times CEO Summit, as well as private functions for clients including venture capital and technology firms. She is also a contributor to Times Radio.

We recommend Park Plaza Nottingham, Hilton Nottingham, Mercure Nottingham City Centre, Crowne Plaza Nottingham, or Jurys Inn.

IAN 2020 | London, 11-12 March 2020

The 3rd Incubator and Accelerator Network conference on 11-12th March 2020 attracted 57 attendees from across England, Wales, and Scotland. The feedback from attendees was stronger than ever. 

Keynotes from Frank Rimalovski (exec director, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute) and Erik Boers (director, ACE Incubator, Amsterdam) provided valuable international perspectives and innovative business models to consider. The investor panel featuring Simon Calver (BGF), Jenny Tooth (UK Business Angels Association) and Triin Linamagi (TVC) contained an endless stream of ideas and tips how to attract, engage, and broker connections with investors for incubatees.

With a last-minute change in venue to London South Bank University due to the impending pandemic, the formal dinner was replaced with an evening at Mercato Metropolitano, a former paper factory turned food market with 40 independent vendors, creating a relaxed atmosphere for networking.

“It’s a really friendly, collaborative network and conference; there’s no pretence, everyone is happy to share ideas and connect. ”
Louise Kenworthy, Manchester Metropolitan University

“Everyone is so welcoming and generous with their knowledge; there’s a really good community feel here. There’s a real transparency culture – you feel safe asking frank questions and having honest conversations about the good and the bad times.”
Kallum Russell, Herriott Watt University

IAN 2019 | London, 6-7th February 2019

From 6-7th February 2018, the Centre for Entrepreneurs, supported by NatWest, hosted the 2nd Incubator and Accelerator Network annual conference. Attendees heard from Ella Goldner (Zinc VC), Henry Whorwhood (Beauhurst), Daniel Harrison (BEIS), Nina Lovelace (Kandu), Philippa Seal, Effi Kli, Matthias Pastor (The Family), Michael Howe (Campus Capital) and others.

“My brain is melting – in a good way!”
Emily Davies, University of Exeter

“I’m so inspired and been filled with ideas to take back to my incubator.”
Bekki Coppock, University of East London

“You hear about a lot of these issues in the abstract and it’s good to hear them live from the actual practitioners themselves.”
Yanitsa Vladimirova, NACUE

IAN 2018 | London, 8-9th February 2018

From 8-9th February 2018, the Centre for Entrepreneurs, supported by NatWest, hosted the inaugural Incubator and Accelerator Network annual conference. Attendees heard from Brent Hoberman (Founders Factory), Liz Truss MP (Chief Secretary to the Treasury), Alisha Slye (Blackstone LaunchPad), Harry Briggs (BGF Ventures) and others.

“I really saw the value of the conference. It brought together a lot of top people in incubation and acceleration, including big names like Brent Hoberman of Founder’s Factory and government minister’s like Liz Truss. It was fantastic and I highly rated it.”
Gaurav Singh, University of Hertfordshire