Open 2012: NCIIA's 16th Annual Conference

 I love the NCIIA conference. I always return with many ideas to pursue.

- Hal Fried, Professor of Economics, Union College     

Save the date! March 22-24, 2012

NCIIA's 16th Annual Conference, exploring the science, business and practice of catalyzing innovation in higher education.  

Topics will include:

  • Best practices for programs and teaching entrepreneurship
  • Commercialization of student ventures
  • Women in entrepreneurship
  • Intellectual property  
  • Topics related to primarily undergraduate institutions
  • Projects that failed and lessons learned
  • Affordable design
  • Sustainability and social impact
  • Student perspectives on innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Workshops focused on high impact, actionable items faculty can use in their teaching

Registration rates:

  • Students, $350
  • Presenters, $600
  • NCIIA members before 2/20/12, $695
  • NCIIA members after 2/20/12, $750
  • Non-NCIIA members before 2/20/12, $850
  • Non-NCIIA members after 2/20/12, $900
  • One day, $295
  • Open Minds exhibition only, $75

Questions? Call us at 413-587-2172 or email

New to the conference?

Take a look at last year's activities and our Open 2011 conference photos.

Each year we showcase NCIIA's best student innovation teams at Open Minds. Here are the 2011 Open Minds teams:


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