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Leading minds showcase inventions at Vancouver forum

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Canadian hunt to find the next Edison

This Saturday more than 150 innovators made up of CEO’s, co-founders and investors will engage in the highly anticipated World Entrepreneur Forum to vet out the deal flow for product and technology companies that will shift the course of history.

The Canadian inventors hold a combined 25 patents for inventions that include: light-steering laser projection technology to revolutionize the automotive, television and film industries; advanced zero emission fuel cell technology with extended range powertrains for commercial transportation; and Graphene nanomaterials in solid and liquid forms that create the thinnest, strongest, and most conductive material known today — currently at the forefront of large scale application for flexible electronics, touch screens, and even DNA sequencing for medical use.

“It has been said that Edison is responsible for at least anywhere from 3% to 5% of the world’s GNP, over $500 billion for the U.S. alone. Partnering with Venture Development Canucks to help spawn Canada’s next Thomas Edison has that potential as well,” says John P. Keegan, President of the Edison Innovation Foundation in New Jersey. “Thomas Edison not only recognized opportunity, he created it. That’s why we’re bringing key influencers in Canadian innovation together for our quarterly gatherings in pursuit of ‘Finding the Next Edison’.”

The co-creator of the World Entrepreneur Forum, Stephen Davis, CEO of Venture Development Canucks, when asked about his favorite invention, says, “This is a very exciting question. I have three favorites, one example is Graphene, which has been heralded as the new ‘wonder material.’ Graphene is 200x stronger than structural steel, can flex 20% without damage, 97.3% transparent, carries 1000x the density of electrical current vs. copper, and is virtually two dimensional.”


The sold out, invite-only event in pursuit of ‘Finding the Next Edison’ will be held at the University of British Columbia, Robson Square Theatre, 800 Robson St, in Vancouver, with a pre-event evening keynote address on Friday, July 24th from Canadian business icon Arlene Dickinson, CEO of District Ventures and former CBC Dragon.

Canadian heavyweights in venture capital, angel investment, and technology incubation will speak as panelists throughout the conference to strategically propel entrepreneurial leadership and innovation.


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