September 1-30, 2020

Louis Foreman

Entrepreneur / Innovator / Investor
Louis Foreman

Louis Foreman

Entrepreneur / Innovator / Investor
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Biography

Louis Foreman is founder and Chief Executive of Enventys Partners, an integrated product development and crowdfunding firm. He is also the founder of Edison Nation.

Over the past 30 years, Louis Foreman has created twelve successful startups and orchestrated the creation of more than 20 others. A prolific inventor, Louis is the inventor on 12 registered US patents, while his firm is responsible for the development and filing of well over 700 more.

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 2007, Louis became the publisher of Inventors Digest, a 35-year-old publication devoted to the topic of American innovation. In 2009, his first book, The Independent Inventor’s Handbook, was published by Workman Publishing.  In 2015, Louis was awarded the IP Champion Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

From 2008 – 2014, Louis also served on the nine-person Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and he has been 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 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, serving until the end of 2019.

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.

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