The Evidence Network (TEN) to give Incubator Managers and Economic Development Professionals an Economic Impact Measurement Edge
Athens, Ohio, and Toronto, Ontario – May 9, 2014 – The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) announced that The Evidence Network (TEN), a global leader in the assessment of innovation impact, will speak at the NBIA International Conference on Business Incubation, May 18 – 21 in New Orleans. This conference attracts nearly 600 business incubator managers and economic development professionals.
Dr. Brian Barge, President and CEO of TEN, will provide insights that will help business and entrepreneur-support professionals validate and increase their impact on companies.
“Measuring real impact is of increasing importance to leaders of organizations supporting entrepreneurs in today’s complex and competitive innovation landscape,” said Jasper Welch, CEO and President of the National Business Incubation Association. “TEN’s approach to determining impact attribution will help incubator managers gain a strategic edge in client support.”
“Reliable information about the impact of incubators on companies profoundly changes management’s ability to lead and manage,” said Dr. Barge. “The participants will hear stories about how their peers justify funding and manage their incubators more effectively with impact data directly attributed to them by the companies they serve.”
TEN also announced today that it will further support NBIA by exhibiting at the conference. “We look forward to the opportunity to meet with conference attendees and to talk about metrics and measures,” said Steve Lightstone, Vice President of Client Services at TEN. “The NBIA conference is the industry’s premier event and we are excited to be participating.”
About The Evidence Network
The Evidence Network provides assessments of the impacts that business, research, innovation, and entrepreneurship support programs have on companies. TEN elicits attributed impacts directly from client companies, and determines: Impact on companies’ resources and capabilities, Impact on companies’ performance; economic impact indicators, and the relationship between services, impact on companies’ performance, and impact on the economy.
About The National Business Incubation Association:
The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) is the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. Each year, it provides thousands of professionals with information, education, advocacy, and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies.
About Brian Barge:
Dr. Barge is co-founder, President and CEO of The Evidence Network. He has served as President & CEO of three leading innovation intermediaries in Canada. He led CMC Microsystems (2000-2006) in its provision of advanced tools, technologies and services for microsystems research and innovation at universities across Canada, the Ottawa Economic Development Corporation (1996-2000) in support of the growth of Ottawa’s economy, and the Alberta Research Council (1991-1996) in the development and commercialization of technology.
Over his 40-year career in innovation management, often in a global context, Brian has forged numerous innovative initiatives among universities, industries and governments that have stimulated the formation and growth of countless technology-intensive firms.
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