Transforming invention to innovation

i2i

Invention to Innovation

Invention to Innovation (i2I) is a unique and rewarding entrepreneurship program that helps scientists and engineers commercialize their inventions and overcome marketplace challenges. The 11-month, part-time program also provides start-up ventures or existing firms with essential frameworks, perspectives and techniques to contribute to new product development and commercialization in industry.

Who it’s for

There are three paths:  

Scientist-entrepreneur path: Found “well-endowed” science-based university spinoffs

  • Enhanced chances of success
  • Societal and economic value creation and capture

 
Champions of innovation:
Increase science-based innovation in Industry

  • Lead new product development initiatives
  • Bridge to novel university inventions

 
Translational scientist/knowledge mobilization:
Increase meaningful translational research in academia

  • Increased success in winning translational grants to fund meaningful science-based research
  • Well funded academic lab

 

What you’ll learn

In this program, you’ll:

  • 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

 
Where it can take you

By the end of the program you will be equipped with the theory, frameworks and skills to commercialize your inventions, and contribute your talents to new product development and commercialization in industry.

You will study part-time over three semesters, with classes held one evening a week at SFU's Segal Graduate School, located in downtown Vancouver.

 
Format
  • 11 months part-time
  • Wednesday evening
  • Venture Pitch competition
  • September start date
Tuition

Domestic students (Citizens & Permanent Residents of Canada): $11,200*

*Subject to Board of Governors approval.

Funding

There are a number of funding resources available to students in the i2I program. These include research funds, grants, awards and scholarships. You do not need to submit a separate application for funding. Candidates are assessed for all funding opportunities based on the merits of your application and the strength of your innovation proposal as outlined in your Innovation Statement.

The majority of accepted applicants receive some funding. However, individual funding offers may vary in amount and criteria. To be considered for funding for the upcoming year, please submit all required documents including your innovation statement with your online application.

The following opportunities are currently available:

  • 5 MITACS nominations. The MITACS Science Commercialization Scholar distinction comes with a funding package of up to $15,000.
  • Up to 10 Western Diversification (WD) nomination. The WD Commercialization Strategy award comes with funding packages of either $5K or $10K for the supervised development of a business plan to commercialize a university invention.

Scholarships

There are several large entrance awards and grants available as well through the university.

For more information, visit our Funding Resources page.

At the heart of downtown Vancouver is SFU Beedie’s Segal Graduate School campus, a heritage bank reimagined as a 60,000 square-foot landmark housing classrooms, meeting rooms and study spaces.

It’s centrally located with easy access to public transit, which makes getting to and from class exceptionally convenient.

Plus, you’re surrounded by cafes, shops and restaurants. It’s a neighbourhood as vibrant as any.

 

My key lessons from the program were learning how to effectively frame and structure a problem or situation, manage a tight schedule, know what to prioritize and how to prioritize it, and identify core problems quickly and addressing them.

Bobby Dhillon, EMBA

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Planning

G&F Financial Group

The comprehensive simulations provided the greatest learning for me. They helped change my mindset and connect the different areas of learning into a comprehensive view of how an organization runs.

Matthew Grunert, MOT MBA

Director, IT

Avigilon

The MSc Finance program gave me the technical foundation that I couldn’t function without. I work with clients in very senior roles, and it’s important to demonstrate your technical knowledge to gain their trust.

Christine Jakshoej, MScFin

Head of Professional Services America

FINCAD

The immediate impact of the GDBA has been a change in the way I approach my day professionally. I am equipped to make better decisions. My confidence level has been elevated significantly, and I am enjoying a new sense of optimism in my career.

Percival Chang, GDBA

Manager & Investment Funds Advisor

PH&N Investment Services

I always saw myself working beyond clinical pharmacy. I felt that I could also shine on the business side of healthcare. I knew that with my strong clinical training an MBA would help open more doors and give me the mobility I was looking for in my career.

Morenike Akinyemi, FT MBA

Senior Project Manager, Transformation Delivery

Provincial Health Services Authority

The Part-Time MBA was excellent. It gave me exactly what I expected to receive, and I think that is the highest compliment you can pay a program. It met all my expectations and provided a solid grounding in business skills and strategies.

Oliver Zihlmann, PT MBA

Director of Development and Alumni Engagement

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The i2I program is perfect for people like me who are deeply involved in science, and who want to look for opportunities in the business world. A program like this opens your mind and teaches you that there is another world of possibilities outside of the lab.

Elena Groppa, i2I

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine

University of British Columbia Biomedical Research Centre

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Contact Us

Graduate

Segal Graduate School

500 Granville Street


Vancouver, BC Canada


V6C 1W6

+1 778.782.5013


grad-business@sfu.ca

Undergraduate

SFU Burnaby

8888 University Drive

Burnaby, BC Canada

V5A 1S6

+1 778.782.5567

sfubeedie_undergrad@sfu.ca

Undergraduate & Graduate

SFU Surrey


250 – 1345 102 Avenue


Surrey, BC Canada


V3T 0A3

+1 778.782.8019


sfubeedie_undergrad@sfu.ca

grad-business@sfu.ca