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What Works and What Doesn’t

GPI’s May 27th Networking Breakfast

There are few better qualified on the topic of building economic clusters than Richard Bendis, our May 27th GPI Breakfast Speaker. Richard not only helps regions design innovation clusters, he gets dirt under his fingernails helping their plan work.

With decades of experience in building some of the best US clusters, Richard has seen what works and what doesn’t, in clusters and regions from Maine to California to Iowa. Richard’s latest venture is Innovation America, a daily and free e-letter for economic development and technology-builders. You can view the website at

A current theme is “economic gardening”, taking a “garden” of existing businesses and growing them through innovative technology, management, business models, and so on. Think of the existing and successful businesses here in Guelph, under pressure from global-scale changes in trade, technology and markets. Richard will share some ideas that have worked, and some that have not. Economic Development to Richard is a 3-legged stool; creating, attracting and retaining businesses. Like a balanced financial portfolio, it is not wise to rely on just one leg of the stool.

Richard backs his philosophy with experience; he has been a corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technology based economic development leader, international speaker and consultant in the digital technology and healthcare industries. He has also been appointed to several national innovation- related organizations and committees including the White House U.S. Innovation Partnership (USIP) Advisory Task Force and Co-Chair of the Small Business Innovation Research Committee. He has organized and executed fundraising and friend-raising campaigns for business incubators and innovation parks, provided advisory services to over 16 countries and 22 US states,  as well as the United Nations, NATO, UK Trade and Industry, the European Commission, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the International Association of Science Parks and many others.

His practical advice, case studies that he’s lived and strong speaking style command attention– this is our last event of the season and not one to miss.

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