From Idea to Empire: Navigating the Entrepreneurial Journey

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In this talk you will learn about the whole rational of company creation, its pros and cons and try to go into various metrics that show the extent of entrepreneurship in the USA and Canada. We will also address some key ideas that successful entrepreneurs use in their start up and growth phases. Can you be trained to be an entrepreneur? Let’s discuss that! We will examine what can go wrong and where the focus should be. What is nugatory effort? How do you find investors? Let’s dig together in what should be a very interactive discussion for the one hour scheduled.

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  • Date: 23 Jul 2024
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • 350 Legget Drive
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Canada
  • Room Number: RBCx Finance Quarter Room

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  • Starts 02 July 2024 12:00 AM
  • Ends 23 July 2024 12:00 AM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


David Mann


David Mann retired in October 2001 from Nortel Networks, where he was their Vice President of Emerging Business Technology Investments. David worked for almost fifty years in the telecommunications industry, serving numerous multinational companies. He has also been active throughout his career, on boards of telecommunications companies in Europe and North America. 

In 1989, David received, on behalf of his company, the Queen's Award for Innovation. 

David served for several years on the board of and was Chair of OCRI in 1999 (Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation – now Invest Ottawa). David also has served as a volunteer Executive in Residence at Carleton University; coached young Doctoral Graduates in the Technology Venture Challenge (TVC); was Co-chair of the Engage! Program (a philanthropic education program under the auspices of the Community Foundation of Ottawa).  David occasionally voluntarily coaches small start up companies in Ontario.

David has served on a number of Boards in Canada: President of the Board of the Charitable Foundation, FM-CFS Canada; Chair of a local Ottawa start up InBay Technologies Inc. who specialize in developing Mobile Internet security solutions; Past Chair of the IET Local Network in Ottawa. David also owned and ran his own, until its sale, a High-Tech consultancy company in Canada with a focus on emerging technologies within the Internet. He was the industrial advisor to the Canada wide research project “Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructure (SAVI)”.

David has lived and worked in seven countries during his career: Scotland, England, Zambia, Sweden, Spain and Canada.

David was educated in Scotland at Kilmarnock Academy, Coatbridge Technical College, Bell College of Technology in Hamilton and also received parallel post secondary education with the British Telecom (BT) educational establishments in England. David is grateful to have received all of his post secondary education through sponsorship of the now British Telecom.

David is a Fellow of the IET, a Chartered Engineer (UK) and a Life Senior Member of the IEEE.