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Invention to Innovation

Invention to Innovation (i2I) is a unique and rewarding curriculum that will help you change your mindset. The program helps scientists and engineers understand how to take their ideas from lab to market. Whether you embark on the graduate credit-based certificate or the skills training program, you will be equipped with the theory, frameworks and skills to commercialize your inventions, become an innovation champion in industry or increase knowledge mobilization through translational science.

Our Programs

i2I: Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization

Earn university credit and receive a graduate certificate with the option to ladder into an SFU MBA program in this one-year, part-time cohort program. Classes take place at the Beedie School of Business, Segal Graduate School.

Program Details

i2I Skills Training Program

The non-credit i2I Skills Training Program is an accessible hybrid opportunity that is delivered completely online. It has a synchronous opening and closing session and all other programming delivered asynchronously online. This program easily fits into your busy life.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Mitacs i2I Skills Training, please visit the program page. Contact us to explore a custom version of the i2I program at your organization by emailing

Our i2I programs add the most value for science and engineering graduate students, Masters, PhD’s & post-docs who are lab-focused, and who currently have an articulated innovation idea in-progress.

Students generally come from areas in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Bio-medical Engineering, Material Science, Electrical Engineering, Nano-tech, Quantum, Mechatronics, Medicine, Pharma, etc.

Through Invention to Innovation, you’ll take a practice-based approach to learning how to:

  • Create a refined business plan for commercialization of a unique product or service
  • Validate your business model: test and retest business assumptions and hypotheses
  • Develop an entrepreneurial pitch
  • Gain proficiency in frameworks and skills relevant to science and technology commercialization
  • Develop a network within our regional technology ecosystem
  • Participate in New Ventures BC entrepreneurship competition

Based on what future role best matches your career vision, there are 3 paths available within the i2I programs:


You seek to found well-provisioned science-based university spin-offs. Our programs can improve your chances of success as well as the creation and capture of societal and economic value.

Champion of Innovation

Your aim is to increase science-based innovation in Industry. i2I programs will empower you to lead new product development initiatives, and serve as a bridge to novel university inventions.

Translational Scientist

You are interested in mobilizing knowledge through meaningful translational research in academia. Our programs can help you have increased success in winning the translational grants for meaningful science-based research which are key to a well-funded academic lab.