TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 3, 2014) - Silicon Valley godfather, guru and serial entrepreneur Steve Blank will make a rare Canadian appearance as Discovery's second day keynote speaker. Steve will appear via satellite on the main stage for a moderated conversation and Q&A session.
Steve Blank is a thought leader on startups and innovation around the world and is recognized for changing how startups are built and how entrepreneurship is taught.
The best-selling author of 'The Startup Owner's Manual', his earlier seminal work, 'The Four Steps to the Epiphany' is credited with launching the Lean Startup movement.
An educator and prolific writer, Steve's books and blogs have redefined how to build successful startups. His essays on his blog, www.steveblank.com, and his books are considered required reading among entrepreneurs, investors and established companies and his articles regularly appear in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, The Atlantic and Huffington Post.
Steve is recognized for developing the Customer Development methodology, which launched the Lean Startup movement. In his 30 years working in the technology field, he has founded or worked within eight startups, four of which have gone public.
The Harvard Business Review recently declared him one of the "12 Masters of Innovation", alongside Thomas Edison and Clayton Christensen.
"We are pleased and fortunate to have Steve joining us this year," said Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence. "His insights and expertise will be particularly relevant to the thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators who attend Discovery and are interested in lean startups and entrepreneurial excellence."
Named Canada's Best Trade Show 2010 and 2011 and now in its ninth year, OCE's Discovery is Canada's premier innovation showcase. It brings together the best and brightest minds in industry, academia, investment and government to showcase leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in the areas of energy, the environment, advanced health, digital media, information and communication technologies and advanced manufacturing. The annual conference and showcase attracts more than 2,500 attendees and 350 exhibitors.
For more on Discovery, visit www.ocediscovery.com.
About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and government ministries. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, information and communications technology, digital media, advanced materials and manufacturing, agri-food, aerospace, transportation, energy, and the environment including water and mining. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario's Innovation Agenda as a member of the province's Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs and industry rapidly grow their company and create jobs. For more information visit www.onebusiness.ca.