Vincent Caprio
Founder & Chairman Emeritus, NanoBusiness
Commercialization Association
Technology Event Producer, Community Network Builder,
Public Policy Author and Technology Historian
As an early advocate for nanotechnology, Mr. Caprio is the Founder
and Chairman Emeritus of the NanoBusiness Commercialization
Association (NanoBCA). In 2002, he launched the highly successful
NanoBusiness conference series, now in its 17
th
year.
A pioneer at the intersection of business and technology, Vincent
Caprio possesses a unique ability to spot emerging and societally
significant technologies in their early stages. He successfully creates brands and business
organizations focused on specific technology markets, and launches events that not only
educate, but also connect and empower stakeholders that include investors, technologists,
CEOs and politicians.
It is Mr. Caprio’s avid interest in history and background in finance that enabled him to be
among the first to recognize the impact that specific technologies will have on business and
society. By building community networks centered around his conferences, he has
facilitated the growth of important new technologies, including nanotechnology, clean
water technology and most recently, engineering software.
Mr. Caprio is also one of the foremost advocates for government funding of emerging
technology at both the State and Federal levels. He has testified before Congress, EPA,
Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), as well as the state legislatures of New
York and Connecticut, and has been an invited speaker at over 100 events. Mr. Caprio has
also organized public policy tours in Washington, DC, educating politicians about emerging
tech through meetings with high-level technology executives.
Vincent Caprio founded the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) in October
2008. In this role he created the Water 2.0 Conference series of which he is currently the
Chairman Emeritus.
In the events sector, Mr. Caprio served as the Event Director who launched of The
Emerging Technologies Conference in association with MIT’s Technology Review Magazine.
He also acted as consultant to the leading emerging technology research and advisory firm
Lux Research, for its Lux Executive Summit in 2005 & 2006. In 2002, Mr. Caprio served as
the Event Director and Program Director of the Forbes/IBM Executive Summit.
Prior to founding the NanoBCA, Mr. Caprio was Event Director for Red Herring
Conferences, producing the company’s Venture Market conferences and Annual Summit
reporting to Red Herring Magazine Founder and Publisher Tony Perkins, and Editor, Jason
Pontin. His industry peers have formally recognized Mr. Caprio on several occasions for his
talents in both tradeshow and conference management.
Mr. Caprio was named Sales Executive of the Year in 1994 while employed with Reed
Exhibitions, and was further honored with three Pathfinder Awards in 1995 for launching
The New York Restaurant Show, Buildings Chicago and Buildings LA.
Prior to joining Reed Elsevier’s office of the Controller in 1989, Mr. Caprio was employed at
Henry Charles Wainwright investment group as a Senior Tax Accountant. In the 1980’s, he
specialized in the preparation of 1120, 1065 and 1040 tax forms, and was also employed
with the Internal Revenue Service from 1979-1981.
During the past 10 years, Mr. Caprio has been involved in numerous nonprofit
philanthropic activities including: Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), Easton
Learning Foundation, Easton Community Center, Easton Racquet Club, First Presbyterian
Church of Fairfield, Omni Nano, FBI Citizen’s Academy, Villanova Alumni Recruitment
Network
Mr. Caprio graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in
Accounting/MIS from the Villanova School of Business. He received an MBA/MPA from
Fairleigh Dickinson University.
In the spring of 2015, Mr. Caprio was appointed to Wichita State University's Applied
Technology Acceleration Institute (ATAI) as a water and energy expert. In 2017 he was
named Program Director of the Center for Digital Transformation at Pfeiffer University. Mr.
Caprio was elected in November 2016 and serves as the Easton, Connecticut Registrar of
Voters.