Graduate Certificate in Science & Technology Commercialization
In SFU Beedie’s Invention to Innovation program, you will gain valuable knowledge in areas including strategic decision-making, market prioritization, opportunity creation and assessment, innovation management, profiting from uncertainty, finance, leadership, how to develop and validating a business model and creating a compelling narrative to engage collaborators in your journey to impact.
Mitacs i2I Skills Training
The following modules are designed to help commercialize your invention and overcome marketplace challenges.
You’ll be introduced to innovation management frameworks, and how to
apply them to articulate value propositions, assess viability, protect
IP, manage uncertainty and guide strategy in the commercialization of
Opportunity Identification and Assessment
You’ll learn the process for opportunity identification and
assessment. Areas covered will include frameworks for identifying
customers, prioritizing target markets, customer segmentation,
technology adoption, product development, defining value propositions
and product/service pricing.
This course is an introduction to creating and validating a
comprehensive business model, i.e. the architecture that specifies how a
firm, startup or unique science or technology creates and captures
Financial Literacy for Entrepreneurs
Find out more about early stage company finance, including financial accounting and analysis, as well as financial models and business valuation techniques relevant to seed and growth stage technology ventures.
i2I Graduate Certificate
Completion of the Mitacs i2I Skills Training modules above; and all the following courses:
Leadership and Managing Teams
You’ll be able to develop and improve your managerial competencies
for effectively organizing, motivating and leading organizations.
Financing the New Venture
This course prepares you for the task of raising capital in order to
commercialize your technology inventions. You’ll create financial
statements for your individual venture, forming the basis for a
financial plan that will be incorporated into your venture business
These courses carry on through semesters two and three. You’ll work
with a faculty member who will coach, mentor, and advise you on your
business plan, with a validated business model as the result. Business
Plan I and II brings all your learning together and culminates in a
customized business plan and a practiced elevator pitch, giving you the
confidence to take your innovation to the next level.
Students who complete the Certificate (and have met the CGPA and
other requirements of the MBA program) may qualify to have some courses
in the Management of Technology MBA program waived, including:
- Bus 754 - Marketing Technology based Products and Services (4 credits)
- Bus 764 - Financing the Organization (4 credits)
- Bus 783 - Entrepreneurship (4 credits)