Executive Education

Mitacs Invention to Innovation (i2I) Skills Training

Invention to Innovation (i2I) is a unique and rewarding experiential curriculum that will help you change your mindset. The program helps scientists and engineers understand how to take their ideas from lab to market. Simultaneously, the pedagogy and format of the i2I program is designed to shape your science innovation. This transformational program opens up new career pathways. 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.

Now delivered across Canada, the Mitacs i2I Skills Training is highly accessible with a hybrid format that allows you the flexibility to participate online with the opportunity to build a meaningful network with like-minded innovators. It has a synchronous opening, mid-point and closing session, regular short check-in sessions, and in-depth course concepts, assignments and feedback delivered asynchronously online.

Contact us to explore collaboration opportunities by emailing i2i@sfu.ca.

The Mitacs i2I Skills Training adds 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.

Admission to the Mitacs i2I Skills Training is based on the following criteria:

  • Current Graduate student or alumni of an advanced technical STEM degree program within the last 5 years
  • Minimum degree level requested: Masters (or those currently enrolled in a Masters program)
  • A positive letter of reference from a current or past supervisor or professional colleague
  • CV or resume
  • An Innovation Statement, which includes a potential innovation idea to develop, a brief description of experience in research and development, motivation for joining the skills training and future goals
  • If you are currently in a Mitacs program, please include a written acknowledgement that your industry partner is aware you are applying

Over an 8-month period, from mid-September 2022 to April 2023, participants will engage in four asynchronous online topics. While all topics are facilitated by i2I Faculty (Lab to Market, Opportunity Identification & Assessment, Business Models, and Financial Literacy for Entrepreneurs), the final two topics also utilize a peer-learning environment whereby participants work in sector-specific learning groups with mentorship from successful scientist innovators.

In addition, there will be three 2-day synchronous sessions: an opening, mid-point and closing, as well as regular 1-hour check-ins with instructors and mentors. Please hold the following synchronous session dates in your calendars:

  • Opening Session: Thursday, September 15th & Friday, September 16th
  • Mid-Point Session: Thursday, January 12th & Friday, January 13th
  • Closing Session: Thursday, April 27th & Friday, April 28th

Please hold the following dates for 1-hour mentoring sessions in your calendars:

  • Monday, February 6th
  • Monday, February 27th
  • Monday, March 5th
  • Monday, April 16th

Schedule subject to changes

The Skills Training concludes with a live Final Pitch Event, where 5 chosen finalists will pitch their ventures to a public audience and panel of judges, and receive expert feedback.

After successfully completing the Mitacs i2I Skills Training Program, participants have the option to earn university credit by laddering into a graduate program at SFU Beedie School of Business. This additional 4-month, part-time cohort program includes synchronous classes held in-person at the Beedie School of Business, Segal Graduate School. Students who successfully complete the program will convocate from SFU Beedie with a Graduate Certificate in Science & Technology Commercialization.

Program Details

Application Form

Please fill in the form below to apply for the 2022-2023 i2I Skills Training. If you have questions, please contact us at i2i@sfu.ca before applying. Program fees are generously covered by Mitacs. Admission is competitive and space is limited. Please apply no later than Friday, July 29 at 4 p.m. PT.

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Applicant Details

Are you affiliated with Mitacs?

If you selected "Current Mitacs Intern," please include written acknowledgement that your industry partner is aware you are applying:

If you selected "Not Affiliated", please provide more details:

Please provide an Innovation Statement which includes a potential innovation idea to develop, a brief description of your experience in research and development, your motivation for joining the skills training and your future goals.

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Resume and Reference Letter

Please upload your resume or CV and your reference letter. Total file size must be under 2MB, and in either in PDF or Word format.