About the Program

Invention to Innovation is an entrepreneurship program designed to help scientists and engineers think about the complex commercialization challenge around their invention in the marketplace.

The program will provide the frameworks, perspective and techniques needed to contribute to new product development and commercialization in industry, whether for an existing firm or start-up venture.

The company that you’ll keep

Taught by leading faculty from SFU’s Beedie School of Business, the program is for students whose research could contribute to high potential impact economic and social innovation.

The program is open to graduate students, post-doctoral students, faculty and recent alumni of SFU and UBC graduate programs in science, engineering, health and environmental sciences.

Scientists and engineers who are advancing platform technologies in sectors such as nanotech, biotech, clean tech and advanced materials, will particularly benefit from this program.

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Students will learn skills such as opportunity assessment, market prioritization, innovation management, profiting from uncertainty, finance, leadership, and how to develop and validate a business model.


Program structure

Participants will study part-time over three semesters, with classes held one evening a week at SFU's Segal Graduate School, located in downtown Vancouver.

Ready to apply?

Applications for the 2019 Invention to Innovation program will open September 15th.

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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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