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Sarah Lubik

Senior Lecturer, Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Room: SUR 5022

Phone: 778.782.9664



BBA (Hons) (Simon Fraser University), MPhil (University of Cambridge), PhD (University of Cambridge)


Sarah Lubik is SFU's first Director of Entrepreneurship. She is the Academic and Executive Director of the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship, the National Academic Director for invention to Innovation (i2), a senior lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at SFU Beedie and Co-Champion of the Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU Program. Dr. Lubik's responsibilities help catalyze the entrepreneurial mindset at SFU include aligning, supporting and building Canada's most comprehensive and interdisciplinary continuum of entrepreneurial support, from engagement with the K-12 system, across all faculties and levels of university education, through to early stage incubation.

In 2016, Dr. Lubik was named one of ten Canadian Innovation Leaders assisting with the Government of Canada's Inclusive Innovation Agenda, and again in 2018 while working on Canada's national consultation on digital and data transformation.

Dr. Lubik has published in leading technology management journals such as R&D Management, Technovation and Long Range Planning. Her research is currently focused on stimulating and supporting university-based entrepreneurship with a focus on interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation, and commercialization, and more recently the creation of the entrepreneurial mindset. 

Prior to joining the Beedie School of Business, Dr. Lubik worked in the Centre for Strategy and Performance at the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge. She has also worked as a business coach, specializing in market analysis, and project manager and coordinator on a number of international European projects supporting start-up firms through incubation, finance and policy.

She is also actively involved in entrepreneurship, as a mentor and a certified expert business coach, and was the a co-founder and Marketing Director of a technology-based startup: Lungfish Dive Systems. Dr. Lubik holds a BBA (honours) from SFU, concentrating in International Business and Marketing, as well as a masters and PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she was also NanoForum Fellow.

In 2014, Dr. Lubik was named one of Business in Vancouver's Top 40 Under 40. In 2016, she was awarded the TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2020, she was awarded SFU Beedie's Service Excellence Award. She has been named one of BC Business's Women of Influence as well as profiled in BC Business for weight-lifting.  She serves on the board of PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs and serves as co-chair of the I-INC Network of Canadian universities dedidated to unleashing the power of university innovation for transformative impact.

Research Interests

University spin-outs; early-stage strategy formation; business models; commercialization of advanced technologies; partnerships; market selection; innovation ecosystems, and incubation.

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Lubik, S. (2017, March). You get what you measure.

Lubik, S. (2017, March). Entrepreneurship will become a must-have career skill for navigating technological change and an uncertain future. Careering Magazine, 13-15.

Lubik, S., & Garnsey, E. (2016). Early Business Model Evolution in Science-based Ventures: The Case of Advanced Materials. Long Range Planning, 49(3), 393-408.

Maine, E., Lubik, S., & Garnsey, E. (2013). Value creation strategies for science-based business: A study of advanced materials ventures. Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice, 15(1), 35-51.

Lubik, S., Garnsey, E., Minshall, T., & Platts, K. (2013). Value creation from the innovation environment: Partnership strategies in university spin-outs. R and D Management, 43(2), 136-150.

Lubik, S., Lim, S., Platts, K., & Minshall, T. (2013). Market-pull and technology-push in manufacturing start-ups in emerging industries. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 24(1), 10-27.

Maine, E., Lubik, S., & Garnsey, E. (2012). Process-based vs. product-based innovation: Value creation by nanotech ventures. Technovation, 32(3-4), 179-192.

Lubik, S., Dee, N., Platts, K., & Minshall, T. (2012). Succeeding in emerging industries: Handbook for manufacturing start-ups. Publisher Unknown.

Lubik, S. (2011). Achieve more: The results. Publisher Unknown.

Lubik, S., & Garnsey, E. (2008). Commercializing nanotechnology innovations from university spin-out companies. Nanotechnology Perceptions, 4(3), 225-238.

books chapters and monographs

Garnsey, E., Lubik, S., & Heffernan, P. (2015). Organizational Emergence and Firm Formation. In Wright, J. D. (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition (pp. 364-369). Elsevier Ltd (UK).

Related Teaching Material

Lubik, S., & Garnsey, E. (2014). Entrepreneurial innovation in science-based firms: The need for an ecosystem perspective. In Chell, E., & Karatas-Özkan, M. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (pp. 315-332). Edward Elgar Publishing (UK).