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Bio: Rob Warren

Rob Warren, Director Venture Labs Investment CompetitionBorn in Winnipeg, Canada, Robert was a long-time resident of the province of Manitoba. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Manitoba where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in 1985 and attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York earning his MBA in 1989. Robert also holds an honorary CMA for his service to the Society of Management Accountants.

Since 1997, Robert served as the I.H. Asper Executive Director for Entrepreneurship at the University of Manitoba’s Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship. During this time Robert was responsible for the creation of the Curry Bizcamp in Entrepreneurship, the Arni C. Thorsetinson Canada-Israel Exchange Program. He is best known for the development and growth of the Asper School.

As executive director, Robert developed the Asper School into one of the premier entrepreneurship programs in North America through his work in commercializing new ventures. Since 1997, over 30 businesses have been launched by students participating in this program. These businesses have a net worth in excess of $300,000,000 and one of these firms, NovaDAQ Technologies, trades on the TSX Venture Exchange. Academically, the record compiled by the participating students is equally impressive. Including a world-record 50 first-place finishes at major business plan competitions, first-place finishes on four continents and winnings in excess of $1,200,000.

While at Manitoba, Robert also played a leading role in the formation of the Winnipeg Angel Organization and the development of the Manitoba Venture Challenge. He consulted with the provincial government on the formation of a tax credit for angel investors and other programs to improve innovation and business development in Manitoba. This work resulted in his appointment as a Council Member of the National Research Council of Canada. Robert was also a sought after media commentator in Canada on business issues and has been a featured presenter on entrepreneurship around the world.