Experience is the best teacher and Louis Foreman has an arm-long resume that qualifies him as a leader in the world on innovation and startups. He is founder and Chief Executive of Enventys, an integrated product design and engineering firm with offices in Charlotte, NC and Taiwan.
His interest in starting businesses and developing innovative products began while a sophomore with his first company founded in his fraternity room. Over the past 20 years Louis has created 9 successful start-ups and has been directly responsible for the creation of over 20 others. A prolific inventor, he is the inventor of 10 registered US Patents, and his firm is responsible for the development and filing of well over 400 more. Louis is the creator of the Emmy® Award winning PBS TV show, Everyday Edisons and serves as the Executive Producer and lead judge.
The casting calls of Everyday Edisons led to the formation of Edison Nation, a safe place for idea people to discover opportunity and share “in the trenches” inventing stories from around the world.
Louis was a founding member of The Inventors Network of the Carolinas, a non-profit organization that empowers inventors through education, support, and networking opportunities. Louis currently serves as a board member for the Entrepreneurial Leadership Council at Queens University, and the Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Advisory Board.
In 2008 he was appointed by United States Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez to serve for a three year term on the nine-person Patent Public Advisory Committee of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Louis is the publisher of Inventors Digest, a 20 year old publication devoted to the topic of American Innovation. In July 2009, his first book, The Independent Inventor’s Handbook, was published by Workman Publishing.
Wow! (and as they say on TV, “but wait, there is more!”)
Listen to this awesome interview with a nationally recognized innovation leader as he discusses his first start-up plus the road map from his book that can save you time, money and heartache in your launch!