Upcoming Biotech Conferences & Events 2010

It took some time, but we’ve put together a list of what we assume are the most relevant events and conferences for the Biotech Entrepreneur. We say relevant for the entrepreneur because we have left out conferences on clinical / drug development, medical conferences, etc… and if you think we missed anything let us know.

BIO-Europe Spring
March 8-10, 2010
Barcelona, Spain

Business for Scientisits
April 12-16, 2010
Chicago, IL, USA

BIO Legislative Day Fly-In 2010
April 13 – 14, 2010
Washington D.C., USA

BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Spring Conference and Committee Meeting
April 19-21, 2010
New Orleans, LA, USA

April 20-22, 2010
New York, NY, USA

BIO-LES Business Development Basics Course
May 1-3, 2010
Chicago, IL, USA

Partnering for Global Health Forum
May 3, 2010
Chicago, IL, USA

BIO Executive Presentation Workshop
May 3, 2010
Chicago, IL, USA

BIO International Convention
May 3-6, 2010
Chicago, IL, USA

2010 BIO Human Resources Conference
May 5-7, 2010
Chicago, IL, USA

11th Annual BioEquity Europe
May 19-20, 2010
Zurich, Switzerland

Euro MedTech
June 1, 2010
Leipzig, Germany

ChinaBio Partnering Forum
June 23-24, 2010
Souzhou, China

The World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing
June 27-30, 2010
Washington, DC

BioParama America
September 15-17, 2010
Boston, MA, USA

BIO India International Partnering Conference
September 21-22, 2010
Hyderabad, India

Livestock Biotech Summit
September 28-30, 2010
Sioux Falls, SD, USA

9th Annual BIO Investor Forum
October 6-7, 2010
San Francisco, CA, USA

AdvaMed 2010
October 18-20, 2010
Washington D.C., USA

BIO-Europe International Partnering Conference
November 15-17, 2010
Munich, Germany

If you know of any other and worthwhile conferences or talks for the startup Biotech entrepreneur, let us know, and we will add to this list. Additionally, in terms of pure biotech-medical-pharma research. Head over to BioSpace – a really deeply designed database for the Life sciences community.

Technology Startup Incubator Deadlines

Fist there was Y Combinator, then there were copies and similar style initiatives that popped up all over the world, were they micro investments, business and tech incubators, business accelerators, hand holding initiatives for the business non-savvy, what have you. And with the multitude of them out there, it’s hard to keep a track of when and where all the deadlines are.

Jüri Kaljundi an Estonian blogger, technology and internet entrepreneur recently put together a list of the upcoming deadlines for these initiatives, and seeing as we’re here to help the entrepreneurship community at large as well, we figured we’d spread the love, you can find the original post here.

Technology Startup Incubator Deadlines Spring(ish) 2010

NYC Seedstart (New York City, USA): February 28

The Openfund (Athens, Greece): February 28

i/o ventures (San Francisco, CA, USA): March 1

SproutBox (Bloomington, IN, USA), March 1

Y Combinator Summer 2010 program (Mountain View, CA, USA): March 3

Morpheus (India): March 10

Startl (Philadelphia, PA, USA): March 15

Techstars Boulder (Boulder, CO, USA): March 22

DreamIt Ventures (Philadelphia, PA, USA): March 22

Betaspring (Providence, RI, USA): March 22

Tetuan Valley (Madrid & Barcelona, Spain): March 23

The Founder Institute (San Diego, CA, USA): March 26

Capital Factory (Austin, TX, USA): April 2

NextStart (Greenville, SC, USA): April 5

Seed Rocket (Barcelona, Spain): April 5

AlphaLab (Pittsburgh, PA, USA): April 8

Shotput Ventures (Atlanta, GA, USA): April 10

Startup Bootcamp (Copenhagen, Denmark): April 30

Bootup Labs (Vancouver, BC, Canada) May 1st Intake (Deadline Not Announced)

LaunchBox (Washington, DC, USA): May 31

Techstars Seattle (Seattle, WA, USA): June 1st

And if you know of any others please add them in the comments section and we’ll update this list accordingly. Thanks.

Startup & Entrepreneruial Events Need Innovation


Let’s face it, each city of medium size and up has events slated at the entrepreneur, and they tend to fall into one of two categories. The speaker series, or the networking drinks series, but there are very strong underlying problems with each.

Let’s look at Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.

You sign up, you go, you are seated and then you listen to one guy speak for 30 minutes, then the next for another 30, then the third and are eventually moved into a space to network for 30 more minutes. Alternatively, you’ll get one speaker, and then a networking session on top of that.

Great, or is it. Aside from the fact that most speakers lack the charisma of a Barak Obama or Churchill, these series tend to go over time, and if people are sitting in a hall, you’ll find a percentage of the crowd dozing off. If the speaker series extends to two or three individuals this percentage will undeniably go up.

After the event is finished, everyone will huddle around the speaker and try to get a word in, in order to have a bit of face time and hope they’ll remember them. While the rest of the group stands in their corners talking to people they already know. Sounds familiar?

The Networking Drinks Series

You head to a bar, you get a “Hello my name is” tag and you’re supposed to network. But with whom? Who do you talk to, how can you get the most out of it, and what about those people who simply put aren’t good at talking to others, i.e. the introvert/extrovert scenario.

You have tons of these, Drink Tank in London, Founders Lounge in Barcelona, even First Tuesdays succumbs to this. A drinks – event is good fun, but it’s productivity is questionable. Why? Because you don’t know who will be at the event, nor will you know that if there are people there worth talking to you’ll necessarily network with them.

Long story short the current model is simply not efficient – and there are many means for innovation and improvement within events targeting the entrepreneurship sector.

So What About Solutions

Here’s the thing. When you’ve got a speaker, get the crowd involved from the onset, break them up into small groups, whether they know each other or not, it doesn’t matter, have them collaborate – bringing in people from different walks, industries is good, it opens them up to other ways of thinking and problem solving. Don’t make the interaction one way, make it tow way, or event triangular.

When putting on a networking event, don’t just plop people in a room and say network, see who’s coming and pair them up, have a few people putting on the event make introductions, ask people when they sign up, who they want to meet, what they’re looking for. Make the whole thing interactive.

And make it fun, whether it’s a speaker, a networking event, a funding event, what have you, be sure to make it fun, engaging, and provide something that all aprticipants will take away from it, bring valie to everyone involved.

F3FundIt is planning an event for later this year, if you are interested in learning more about it or how you can get involved – please send an email to info @ f3fundit.com with the subject line f3f-event. Thanks.

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