Mitacs has partnered with SFU Beedie’s established Invention to Innovation (i2I) program to provide entrepreneurship training for Mitacs interns, fellows and recent alumni. Over the 7 months, participants develop an entrepreneurial mindset to help them commercialize their inventions. Participants also develop translational skills, enabling research scientists to contribute to new product development and commercialization in industry.

Through the Mitacs Invention to Innovation (i2I) Skills Training, you will:

  • Define and iterate on an innovation idea
  • Validate your business model – test and retest assumptions/hypotheses
  • Gain proficiency in frameworks and skills relevant to science technology commercialization
  • Increase chances of success in your commercialization of a novel product or service 
  • Make a real-world impact with your scientific invention

Application deadline: Extended to October 25, 2019
Start Date: November 1, 2019
End Date: May 23, 2020 

Where & when: 

  • Courses will be delivered six weeks at a time in an online format.
  • Opening face-to-face session on November 1 & 2 at SFU Segal in Vancouver.
  • Closing face-to-face session on May 22 & 23 at SFU Segal in Vancouver.

Candidates interested in applying for this skills training and have questions, please contact:
Betty Cho
training@mitacs.ca 

Note: Only current Mitacs program participant or Mitacs alumni can apply

 

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Eligibility

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

  • Mitacs Elevate or Mitacs Accelerate Intern based in BC or program alumni
  • 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

Course Offerings

Participants in the Mitacs i2I skills training undertake the following courses taught by SFU Beedie faculty:

  • Lab to Market
  • Opportunity Identification and Assessment
  • Business Models
  • Financial Literacy for STEM Entrepreneurs

View course overview (pdf)

More information on the i2I alumni (pdf)

Who is eligible to apply?

The Mitacs i2I Skills Training is open to graduate students, post-doctoral students, and recent alumni of Mitacs programs in science, engineering, health and environmental sciences, social sciences and humanities as well as other disciplines.

Scientists and engineers who are advancing platform technologies in sectors such as nanotech, biotech, clean tech and advanced materials, will particularly benefit from this skills training. 

What is the application process?

You will need to submit:

  • An online application form
  • A resume or CV 
  • A letter of reference from  a current or former industry supervisor or professional colleague 
  • Innovation Statement (no more than two pages).
  • If applicable, if you are currently in a Mitacs program, please include written acknowledgement that your industry partner is aware you are applying

What should my reference letter include?

Your referee should outline a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses and suitability for the skills training.  Supporting details or examples should be provided.

What funding is available?

Course fees are covered by Mitacs. Please contact training@mitacs.ca with questions. 

Who is offering this skills training?

Mitacs has partnered with SFU Beedie’s established Invention to Innovation (i2I) program to provide entrepreneurship training for Mitacs interns, fellows and recent alumni. Over the 7 months, participants develop an entrepreneurial mindset to help them commercialize their inventions. Participants also develop translational skills, enabling  research scientists to contribute to new product development and commercialization in industry. 

What will I learn?

Through i2I, you will:

  • Define and iterate on an innovation idea
  • Validate your business model – test and retest assumptions/hypotheses
  • Gain proficiency in frameworks and skills relevant to science technology commercialization
  • Increase chances of success in your commercialization of a novel product or service
  • Make a real-world impact with your scientific invention
  • Develop an entrepreneurial pitch 

What topics are covered?

  • Lab to Market
  • Opportunity Identification and Assessment
  • Financial Literacy for Entrepreneurs
  • Business Models

Who teaches the skills training courses?


Dr. Elicia Maine
Elicia Maine is the Van Dusen Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Academic Director of the Invention to Innovation (i2I) graduate program at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. Her research interests are in technological innovation and science and technology entrepreneurship. She is most interested in understanding the formation and growth of science- based businesses. Professor Maine holds a BA and BSc in Materials Engineering from Queen’s University, master’s degrees in Materials Engineering and in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Technology Management from the University of Cambridge. Professor Maine has published her innovation management research in both leading business journals, such as Research Policy and Technovation, and in the elite science journals, Nature Materials and Nature Nanotechnology.  She was awarded the 2017 TD Canada Trust Award for Distinguished Teaching.  Professor Maine is also actively engaged in the innovation ecosystem, serving as a Director on the Boards of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator and of New Ventures BC, on several advisory boards, and as a judge, mentor or EIR, for organizations including NRCan & MARS’s Women in Cleantech Challenge, IDEO’s NextGen Challenge, and the Creative Destruction Lab

Mr. Clay Braziller
Clay Braziller has a passion for commercializing innovative technologies that have positive social impacts. He has worked with many organizations including; EaglePicher Medical Power, Medtronic, Industry Canada, Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre, Starfish Medical, SFU 4D Labs, Evasc Medical Systems and the Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation. Most recently he was the Director of Healthcare for Tractivity, where he led the launch of a wearable sensor into the US healthcare system. Clay holds a B.Eng and an MBA in International Business (McGill University).  Clay was recently a Senior Technology Manager with SFU Industry Engagement and is a lecturer on technology commercialization and marketing in the Beedie School of Business.  He serves on many advisory boards and is active as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator and for BC Tech.
 

Dr. Sarah Lubik
Sarah Lubik is SFU’s first Director of Entrepreneurship, promoting the power of interdisciplinary teams to solve wicked problems. She is the Executive Director of the Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship in the Beedie School of Business, co-Champion of the Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU program, and researches the entrepreneurial mindset, university entrepreneurship and support ecosystems. Dr. Lubik has published in leading technology management journals such as R&D Management, Technovation and Long Range Planning. Her research is currently focused on stimulating and supporting university-based entrepreneurship with a focus on interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation, and commercialization. Sarah has been named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 and an Innovation Leader and Digital Innovation Leader by the Government of Canada. She is a certified business coach and a manufacturing entrepreneur. In 2016, she was awarded the TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award.  Dr. Lubik holds a BBA (honours) from SFU and a masters and PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she was also NanoForum Fellow.

Mr. Mike Volker
Michael Volker, BASc(’72), MASc(’73)  University of Waterloo, P.Eng., is a high-technology entrepreneur and investor involved in the development of technology-based businesses. From 1996 to 2015, he was the Executive Director of Simon Fraser University’s Innovation Office. He is president and founder of WUTIF Capital (VCC) Inc – the Western Universities Technology Innovation Fund and Chairman of TIMIA Capital Corp (TSXV:TCA), formerly Greenangel Energy Corp. A successful technology entrepreneur and CEO, Volker founded Volker-Craig and Mindflight (later publicly listed as RDM Corporation), has been a Governor of the University of Waterloo, and been active in various early stage businesses as a founder, investor, director, and officer. Mike was the first Chairman of Shad Valley in 1980. He frequently writes and speaks on management and technology issues and is active as a member of various charitable and educational boards. He has been Chairman of the BC Advanced Systems Institute, an organization dedicated to technology development and technology transfer, the Vancouver Enterprise Forum and the Vancouver Technology Angel Network (VANTEC). Mike is very active on the B.C. high tech scene, currently serving on the non-profit boards of New Ventures BC (Chair), Canadian Listed Companies Association and the Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council as well as various private company boards.

What are the course dates?

  • Opening face to face session on November 1 & 2 from 9am to 5pm at SFU’s Segal campus in Vancouver.
  • Lab to Market will be taught online from November 4 to December 14.
  • Opportunity Identification and Assessment will be taught online from January 6 to February 15.
  • Financial Literacy for Entrepreneurs will be taught online from February 16 to March 28.
  • Business Models will be taught online from March 29 to May 9.
  • Closing face to face session on May 22 & 23 from 9am to 5pm at SFU’s Segal campus in Vancouver.

What should I write about in my Innovation Statement?

  • Innovation idea from a Mitacs internship, lab or another source.  Ideas can change but the applicant should have something in mind when applying.
  • A brief description of experience in research and development or an outline of educational background that would make the applicant an ideal candidate
  • Motivation for joining the skills training program
  • Future goals

How many hours per week will I spend on the online coursework?

The pre-reading, videos, activities and assignments should take approximately 3 to 6 hours a week to complete.

Where do I find alumni profiles?

Learn more about the i2I alumni profiles (pdf): 

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact Betty Cho at training@mitacs.ca