AURP Peer2Peer Network 

 

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Incubation/Acceleration: May 1, Sep 4, Nov 6 @ 2pm ET (No call in Jan)

A successful corporate incubator or accelerator depends upon three things: people, people, people. The heartbeat of every tech park and innovation district is the startups, whether commercializing a research project, a 4th year student project moving into the marketplace or a veteran tech genius with a new piece of code that changes lives. Let’s explore how do we move these startups through the ecosystem and scale into economic drivers for our communities.

Champions: 

Aaron Miscenich, MBAPresident and Chief Executive Officer, New Orleans BioInnovation Center, Inc.

Jim Currie, MBAPrincipal, JSCurrie, LLC; Manager, Training and Testing, University of Akron

Larry ShawChief Executive Officer of Knowledge Park, Inc. & Ignite Fredericton

Charlie D’Agostino, MBAImmediate Past President, AURP; Executive Director, LSU Innovation Park


CEO to CEO: Jan 9, May 8, Sep 11, Nov 13 @ 2 pm ET

The CEO peer group allows park executives to gather to create their own collaborative discussions and collection of best practices. This peer group of seasoned pros can be helpful to discuss how to keep the good times “rolling,” as well as how to manage any “difficult waters.”

Champions: 

Kevin Byrne,  MBA — Past President, AURP; President, The University Financing Foundation

Mason AilstockPresident, AURP; Vice President of Operations, The University Financing Foundation

Ellen Hemmerly — Past President, AURP; Executive Director, bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park

Greg Deason — Past President, AURP; Senior Vice President, Purdue Research Foundation; Executive Director, Purdue Foundry & Purdue Research Park


Business Development: Feb 8, Apr 12, Jun 14, Aug 9 @ 1 pm ET

This is an open forum meant for senior business development and sales professionals to discuss topics such as lead generation, FDI, closing deals, sales team training and more.

Champions: 

Jackie Kerby MoorePast President, AURP; Executive Director, Sandia Science & Technology Park

Bruce WrightPast President, AURP; Associate Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona


Facilities/Sustainability: Jan 16, Mar 20, May 15, Sep 18, Nov 20 @ 2pm ET

A great community manager will foster their park’s environment and ensure that users feel valued and rewarded. Once you have the right practices in place, the continuous operational costs for staffing can be very low. This peer group will discuss the best way to ensure that parks and incubators are able to reap the benefits of a well-run community.

Champions: 

Ken Marcus, MBADirector, University of Arizona Science & Technology Park; Chief Financial Officer, Tech Parks Arizona

Charlie DilksPast President, AURP; President, DilksConsulting, Inc.


Community/PlaceMaking: Feb 15, Apr 19, Jun 21, Aug 16 @ 2 pm ET

A great community manager will foster their environment and ensure that users feel valued and rewarded for interacting.  Once you have the right practices in place, the running cost in staff terms of a forum are very low. A business that’s too reticent about putting these practices in place pays the price in the long term as their competition reaps the benefits of a well-run community.

Champions: 

Charlie DilksPast President, AURP; President, DilksConsulting, Inc.

Ellen HemmerlyPast President, AURP; Executive Director, bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park


Strategic Marketing:  Jan 23, Mar 27, May 22, Sep 25, Nov 27 @ 2 pm ET

Tech marketing leaders will share their ideas and best practices in this peer group on relevant topics, such as branding, advertising, promotions, publications, metrics, social media and more.

Champions: 

Stephen FrayserSecretary, AURP; Executive Director, STAR Park at Texas State University

Jeanne MellVice President, AURP; Vice President of Marketing Communications & Community Engagement, The University City Science Center


Legacy and Large Research Parks:  Feb 22, Apr 26, Jun 28, Aug 23 @ 2 pm ET

ALL NEW! Join up with our Legacy and Large Research Parks networking group which will cover a very unique set of challenges and opportunities. Whether it's considering new master plans, stakeholders or infrastructure, there is plenty to discuss and learn from others that share similar opportunities and challenges.


Non-Urban Research Parks:  Feb 1, Apr 5, Jun 7, Aug 2 @ 2pm ET

ALL NEW! Join up with our Non-Urban Research Parks networking group which will cover a very unique set of challenges and opportunities. Whether it's considering stakeholder engagement, planning and logistics or infrastructure in your region, this group will discuss and learn from others that share similar opportunities and challenges.

 
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