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Mary had a little lamb.

Do those five words have you envisioning revolution, change and growth? Creativity and invention? What does this simple nursery rhyme have to do with innovation, you ask?

Thomas Edison recited the words to “Mary had a little lamb” as the first recorded voice on the phonograph. The Phonograph – the first major invention by Edison that made him famous. And then he said, “There’s a way to do it better – find it.”

There’s a way to do it better – find it. Words that have fueled the lifeblood of entrepreneurs for so many years. Soon after the phonograph, Emile Berliner created The Gramophone, Eldridge Johnson added a motor to create a steady speed and better quality of playback music. Then came the record player … there’s a way to do it better – find it.

While no one is perfect, and history may suggest Edison was a genius inventor or simply consider him a genius at promoting himself, what we do know is that those words inspire people all over the world to find ways to “do it better.”

Entrepreneurs live to find ways to do things better and faster; to solve the world’s most complex problems, to improve lives and to make processes more efficient and cost-effective. Whatever the reason, the world needs more innovators and entrepreneurs. And both the innovators and their innovations, need to be celebrated.

The Ontario Innovation Expo and tradeshow is a celebration brought to life by Innovation Guelph. “Innovation needs to be honoured – and that is what we have set out to do – showcase our region’s entrepreneurial spirit and bring people together to see the innovation that is being commercialized by our clients, small and large,” says Innovation Expo manager, Mickey Campeau. “This is our third year, and each time we grow and exceed expectations. Taking the Expo online this year was a difficult decision, but once we saw the beautiful virtual campus offered by Tech AdaptiKa, we saw our opportunity to “do it better” and have now created an online experience like no other.”

Whatever your “it” is … there’s a way to do it better – find it. And while you’re looking, innovating, exploring, and thinking, join us at the Ontario Innovation Expo on October 21, 2021. Come and be inspired. Registration is now open (and it is free to attend).

By: Mickey Campeau

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