CEO of Edison Nation to Speak at USC Upstate

April 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Mister Steamy. Gyro Bowl. Emery Cat. What do they all have in common? They all started as innovative ideas with regular everyday people, developed into products by Edison Nation, and then marketed across the country with tremendous success.

The CEO of Edison Nation, Louis Foreman, will be on the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate on April 19, 2012 to deliver a presentation about how his Charlotte, N.C.-based company helps inventors and entrepreneurs get their products to market. His presentation begins at 4 p.m. in the BMW Classroom at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, located at 160 E. St. John St. in downtown Spartanburg.  Tickets are free; however, only a very limited quantity is available. Contact Bea Walters Smith at (864) 503-5235 or to reserve.

Edison Nation ( says that often companies search for innovative new ideas for products beyond their own R&D departments. Proctor & Gamble, Clorox, General Mills, Wal-Mart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Colgate and Home Depot have turned to Edison Nation and its community of entrepreneur inventors for ideas for “game-changing products.”

“We all have great ideas,” says Foreman, but often lack the time, financial resources and knowledge of the process involved in getting an idea from the “eureka moment” to store shelves. When inventors submit their idea to Edison Nation, the company bears the cost of obtaining patents and licenses, and Edison Nation markets the inventions to companies for their shelves. The inventor and Edison Nation evenly split the royalties.

“Louis Foreman’s TV production ‘Everyday Edisons’ highlights great examples that anyone can come up with innovative and creative ideas that feed entrepreneurship.  His talk will help our students recognize their potential for creativity and innovation,” says Darrell Parker, dean of the Johnson College of Business. Now in its fifth season, ‘Everyday Edisons’ is the Emmy-award winning television show where Mister Steamy, Gyro Bowl, and Emery Cat got their start.

This event is the first in a series of guest speaker events hosted by the Johnson College of Business with series sponsor Wells Fargo. After Foreman’s presentation, attendees are welcome to join Business After Hours, presented by the Spartanburg Chamber and USC Upstate, starting at 5:30 p.m. outdoors on the Zimmerli Plaza.

For more information contact Dr. Darrell Parker, dean of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, at (864) 503-5312 or