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Transforming invention to innovation

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 science.

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 value.

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:

You’ll be able to develop and improve your managerial competencies for effectively organizing, motivating and leading organizations.

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 plan.

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)

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

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.

Bobbie 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

Sr. Director, Digital Operations & IT

Motorola Solutions

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 Sangha, MScFin

VP of Customer Success - Capital Markets


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 learners I work with are 95% Indigenous, and I find that they become more interested and retain information more, when we speak and learn from an Indigenous lens. The Indigenous content integrated into the program has been very beneficial to me in terms of how I can incorporate Indigenous information into the curriculum I currently teach.

Wanda Rockthunder, EMBA IBL

Business Instructor, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Cree, a citizen of the Muskowekwan First Nation, Saskatchewan

i2I: Elena

EMBA: Bobbie

MOT MBA: Matthew Grunnert

MSc Fin: Christine

GDBA: Percival

FT MBA: Morenike

PT MBA: Oliver


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