i2I Venture Pitch


Register today to attend the 2020 SFU 'Invention to Innovation' Venture Pitch Competition.

About this Event

At this event celebrating research and entrepreneurship, graduating students of the Invention to Innovation program will pitch their product-ready ventures or their emergent ventures to our panel of expert judges. This year’s event will be hosted in a digital format with interactive opportunities to connect, learn, and celebrate innovation.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
  • Time: 6 :00 p.m. - 8 :00 p.m. PDT
  • Location: The event link will be shared with registered attendees on October 20
  • Inquiries:

For more information, please visit the competition page.

The Zoom link to access the webinar will be shared by email to registrants the day prior to the event (October 20).


Sogol Borjian, ARTMS Inc. ARTMS Inc. produces novel technologies and products for automatic, high yield and local production of medical radioisotopes used in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Nabil Shalabi, NANEXE NANEXE is a "Smart" ureteral stent for remote and early diagnosis of kidney stones

Darren Sutton, PhotoGro Scientific Ltd. PhotoGro Scientific Ltd. is developing harvest time prediction and sorting technology for the cannabis industry.


Maryam Bari, SunnyHome SunnyHome produces solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity with higher efficiency (> 35%) than the current silicon-based solar panels, while also competing in price.

Ryan Jansonius, ThorTech The ThorTech reactor is a platform technology that produces useful chemicals using water and electricity as the only inputs.

Evan MacQuarrie, Photonic Inc. Photonic Inc. is developing a modular approach to building a quantum computer.


This innovative program has empowered five cohorts of PhD, post-doctoral fellows, and researchers to become scientists-entrepreneurs, champions of innovation in industry, translational scientists, and knowledge mobilizers. The programming uniquely addresses the high uncertainties, costs, challenges, and long timeframes that generally face science-based ventures.

We’re excited to announce that aspiring scientist and technology entrepreneurs across Canada can now access SFU Beedie’s i2I program with the launch of the Mitacs i2I Skills Training this fall. Delivered in partnership with Mitacs, the program will offer an East and West cohort with the Eastern offering being delivered in partnership with Queen’s University.

This Skills Training adaptation of i2I won international recognition earlier this year after the pilot offering was highlighted among the annual Innovations That Inspire named by AACSB International (AACSB) — the world’s largest business education network.

"Our goal with the Invention to Innovation program is to help Canada's world leading scientists and engineers get the perspective they need to lead innovation throughout their careers," says Elicia Maine, academic director of the Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization. "This will be a huge advantage to them and to our economy, as these scientist-entrepreneurs will understand the importance of early stage market assessment, be more comfortable managing under uncertainty, and will be able to lead New Product Development, either within their own venture or for an existing firm."

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