What Will I Learn?

In This Program You Will

  • Create a polished business plan for commercialization of a novel product or service
  • Validate your business model – test and retest business assumptions and hypotheses
  • Develop an entrepreneurial pitch
  • Gain proficiency in frameworks and skills relevant to science technology commercialization
  • Develop a network within our regional technology ecosystem
  • Participate in New Ventures BC entrepreneurship competition
 

I2I Certificate graduate Ben Britton of Ionomr Innovations talks about the program's faculty and courses.

 

I2I Certificate graduate Ehsan Daneshi of Opthalight Digital Solutions talks about how the program helped him become an entrepreneur.

Course Offerings

Candidates in the GCSTC program undertake the following credit courses:

Lab to Market

This course will introduce innovation management frameworks and how to apply them to articulate value propositions, assess viability, protect IP, manage uncertainty, and guide strategy in the commercialization of science.

Opportunity Identification and Assessment

This course will outline the process for opportunity identification and assessment.  Students will learn frameworks for identifying customers, prioritizing target markets, customer segmentation, technology adoption, product development, defining value propositions and product/service pricing.

Financial Literacy for Entrepreneurs 

Early stage company finance, including financial accounting and analysis as well as financial models and business valuation techniques relevant to seed and growth stage technology ventures will be introduced.

Business Models 

This course is an introduction to creating and validating a comprehensive business model, that is, the architecture that specifies how a firm, startup or unique science or technology creates and captures value.

Leadership and Managing Teams 

An opportunity to develop and improve managerial competencies for effectively organizing, motivating and leading organizations is provided.

Financing the New Venture 

This course prepares students for the task of raising capital in order to commercialize their technology inventions.  Students will create financial statements for their individual ventures.  These statements will form the basis for the financial plan to be incorporated into their venture business plan.

Business Plan I & II 

These courses stretch across semesters 2 and 3.  You will work with a faculty member who will coach, mentor, and advise you on your business plan resulting in a validated business model.  This course brings all your learning together and culminates in a customized business plan and a practiced 'elevator' pitch giving you the confidence to move forward to the next level with your innovation.

Marketing and Finance courses ladder into the Management of Technology MBA program.

At A Glance

  • Part-time, Wednesday evenings
  • 12 months
  • Segal Graduate School, Downtown Vancouver
  • Cost: $10,300* + student fees and course materials
  • *Subject to Board of Governors approval.

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