Transforming Invention to Innovation


Do you have a novel product or service? Are you keen to commercialize it?

In this program you will:

  • Create a polished business plan for commercialization of a novel product or service
  • Validate your business model – test and re-test 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

“80% of PhD students in science and engineering in Canada won’t go into a career in academia. However, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) would employ our scientists but require them to know something about new product development. That’s what we aim to do with this program.”

-- Elicia Maine
Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Academic Director, Invention to Innovation

We developed the 11-month, part-time Invention to Innovation program to provide research scientists and engineers with the theory, frameworks and skills to commercialize their inventions and contribute to new product development and commercialization in industry.

Venture Pitch

The i2I program culminates with the Venture Pitch Competition in which graduating students present their emerging and product ready venture pitches. A panel of judges who are angel investors, IP experts, and successful serial entrepreneurs push the scientist-entrepreneurs on their value proposition and potential to make an impact with their venture. The i2I cohort present their investment opportunity to the broader innovation ecosystem at this event.

Through the i2I Venture Pitch, scientists grow into more business-savvy scientist-entrepreneurs who know how to attract investors, commercialize their inventions, and sell the value of their product or service.


At A Glance

  • Part-time, Wednesday evenings
  • 11 months
  • Segal Graduate School, Downtown Vancouver
  • Cost: $10,990 + student fees and course materials
  • Application Deadline: August 1st, 2019
  • *Subject to Board of Governors approval.

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