January 20, 2014 presentation and discussion with Praveen Gupta, Director, Corporate Quality, Prysm, Inc., Greg Topel, CEO, Tangible Haptics and Nicholas Zito, Business Services Director, Choose Dupage Economic Development Alliance.
Hosted by the Chicago University Booth School of Business Entrepreneurial Roundtable alumni group at Calamos Investments Building, City Gate Grille Plaza Level, Naperville, Illinois.
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Innovation is often at the core of entrepreneurship, providing the creative spark that can establish and sustain an enterprise. But creativity and innovation appear to be personal gifts and not a coherent, replicable process.
Join us to hear experts who have started companies recognized by the World Future Society as potentially deploying industry changing technologies and devoted longtime systematic analytical focus to learn their perspectives on how to be most effective preparing the “next best thing”. Find out if while every case is different, some underlying principles can be applied to your own efforts to harness the shock of the new. As a member of our audience at this interactive forum, you will be well positioned to gain insights on topics like:
· Best practices in innovation and sustaining them across new markets
· Developing accurate forecasts for emerging opportunities
· Effective management of technological and business risks
· Identifying and cultivating appropriate talent to execute in new contexts
Praveen Gupta, Prysm, Inc. Prysm.com
Praveen, a prior Booth ER presenter, is a frequent speaker internationally on education in innovation and making innovation more pervasive, predictable, and profitable. He also is the founding Editor of International Journal of Innovation Science, and founding Director of Center for Innovation Science and Applications at IIT School of Applied Technology. Author of several books including “Business Innovation in the 21st Century” and “The Innovation Solution”, he has co-edited the Global Innovation Science Handbook (McGraw Hill). Previously at Motorola’s Semiconductor, Communication and University sectors, and AT&T Bell Laboratories and a consultant to over 100 various companies. He currently is on assignment at a Silicon Valley maker of large HD display solutions relying on patented Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) technology. Mr. Gupta has taught Operations Management at DePaul University’s MBA program, and Innovation to Engineering and Information Technology students at UIC, and IIT. He earned his BSEE from IIT Roorkee in India and his MSEE from IIT Chicago.
Greg Topel, CEO, Tangible Haptics TangibleHaptics.com
Greg launched Tangible Haptics with founders and Northwestern University faculty J. Edward Colgate and Michael Peshkin. The company is developing Surface Haptics, which is a suite of patented multi-sensory touchscreen technologies enabling users to feel what is seen on a touchscreen such as edges of keys, the snap of a toggle switch, and directional impacts in a game, all on a flat piece of glass. Greg’s leadership experience crosses a variety of companies and electro-mechanic product lines including Motorola, Visualize (an engineering consulting firm), and Life Fitness. Before joining Tangible Haptics, Greg was R&D Manager at ITW’s Technology Center where he oversaw mechanical and manufacturing efforts and technology evaluations for innovative product entries. Greg has a BSME from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Nicholas Zito, Business Services Director, Choose DuPage ChooseDuPage.com
Rev3 is an innovation center located in DuPage County, IL that is focused on helping people and companies manufacture products, software and technology to drive the third industrial revolution. From astonishing waves of innovation to new product concepts, to technology that changes business models - Rev3 is a place of emerging opportunities to collaborate with and share ideas with other users in a communal environment.
Previously, Nicholas founded a fitness nutrition company in San Francisco and Chicago, Brotein Enterprises, serving as president of sales distribution and marketing. Initially he worked in the United States Senate for the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Mark Kirk. Nicholas graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, having studied consumer economics specialized in public policy and law. Nick serves as an authority on business issues within DuPage County and works to aid in DuPage County's economic development.