Sarah Lubik

Director of Entrepreneurship, SFU Co-Champion, Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU Lecturer, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Area Coordinator, Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Room: SUR 5022

Phone: 778.782.9664



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


Sarah Lubik is a lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Beedie, Co-Champion of the Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU Program and was appointed SFU's first Director of Entrepreneurship, aligning, supporting and accelerating entrepreneurship education and early stage incubation at SFU. She is also a certified expert business coach and a mentor at SFU's Venture Connection incubator.

In 2016, Dr. Lubik was named one of ten Canadian Innovation Leaders assisting with the Government of Canada's Inclusive Innovation Agenda.

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. In 2013, she received the Dr. Theo Williamson Outstanding Paper Award by Emerald Publishing for “Market-pull and technology-push in manufacturing start-ups in emerging industries” published in the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management.

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 co-founder and Marketing Director of 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

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.

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

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. (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition (pp. 364-369). Oxford, United Kingdom: 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). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing (UK).