Over the past 30 years, Louis Foreman has created twelve successful startups and orchestrated the creation of more than 20 others. In recent years, he’s been called upon by Congress to share his point of view on patent reform, and by major media outlets for his insights and commentary on entrepreneurship. Today, Louis Foreman is the Founder and CEO of a collection of global product design and innovation companies, including Enventys Partners, which is an integrated product design, engineering, and marketing firm, and Edison Nation, an open innovation platform and community focused on identifying game-changing consumer product and healthcare ideas.
Louis brings exceptional expertise around intellectual property, open innovation, and entrepreneurship. Louis is an adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at Queens University. Louis is an adjunct professor and the Entrepreneur in Residence at The McColl School of Business, and was the 2013 Distinguished Visiting Professor at Johnson & Wales University. He is a frequent lecturer and radio / TV guest on the topics of small business creation and innovation.
In addition to being an inventor, Louis is also committed to inspiring others to be innovative. Louis was the creator of the Emmy® Award winning PBS TV show, Everyday Edisons. In 2009, his first book, The Independent Inventor’s Handbook, was published by Workman Publishing.
Louis also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the James Dyson Foundation, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), Ventureprise, New Dominion Bank, and is President of the Intellectual Property Owners Educational Foundation (IPOEF). In 2013, Louis was appointed to serve a three year term on the National SBDC Advisory Board, and was asked to serve as Chairman for another three year term until the end of 2019.
From 2008 – 2014, Louis served on the nine-person Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He was called upon, multiple times, to brief the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on legislation related to the US Patent System and on September 16, 2011, Louis joined the President on-stage for the signing of the America Invents Act into law.
Louis’ passion for innovation extends to America’s next generation, and he frequently addresses schools and universities to encourage students of all ages to embrace entrepreneurship and innovation.