Executive Education

i2I Skills Training

Invention to Innovation (i2I) Skills Training is the only university research-based educational offering in Canada that develops an entrepreneurial mindset for scientists and engineers who want to take their ideas from lab to market. Participants will be equipped with the theory, frameworks and skills to commercialize inventions, become an innovation champion in industry or increase knowledge mobilization through translational science.

The 2020/21 offering will be delivered in a completely virtual format. Over a 7-month period, from the end of October 2020 to May 2021, participants will engage in four asynchronous online topics. The first two topics (Lab to Market and Opportunity Identification & Assessment) are facilitated by i2I Faculty and the last two topics (Business Models & Financial Literacy for Entrepreneurs) utilize a peer-learning environment whereby participants work in groups with mentorship from innovation faculty, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) and industry champions.

In addition, there will be three synchronous sessions: an opening, mid-point and closing. Please hold your calendars on the following dates:

  • Friday, October 30th
  • Friday, February 12th
  • Friday, May 14th

Download the full schedule.

There will be one cohort in Western Canada and one cohort in Eastern Canada. The East cohort will be delivered in partnership with Queen’s University Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Please fill in the form below to apply for the 2020-2021 i2I Skills Training. If you have any questions, please contact us at i2i@sfu.ca before applying.

Eligibility:

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

  • Current Program Participant, Alumni, or in the process of applying for the Mitacs Elevate or Mitacs Accelerate programs
  • Minimum degree level requested: Masters (or those currently enrolled in a Masters program)
  • 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 applicable, if you are currently in a Mitacs program, please include written acknowledgement that your industry partner is aware you are applying

Deadline:

Please apply no later than Friday, October 16 at 4 p.m. PT

Application Form

Program fees are generously covered by Mitacs. Admission is competitive and space is limited.

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Education

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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.

How did you hear about the program?

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.