Attend the SFU “Invention to Innovation” Venture Pitch Competition

SFU Beedie Venture Event

Register today to attend the 2022 “Invention to Innovation” Venture Pitch Competition. At this event celebrating science innovation and entrepreneurship, graduating students of the Invention to Innovation (i2I) program will pitch their product-ready ventures or their emergent ventures to our panel of expert judges.

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location: Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville St, Vancouver

Registration: Attendance is complimentary, but registration is required.


Details: Competition page




This innovative program has empowered six cohorts of PhD, post-doctoral fellows, and researchers to become scientist-entrepreneurs, champions of innovation in industry, translational scientists, and knowledge mobilizers. The programming uniquely addresses the high uncertainties, costs, challenges, and long timeframes that generally face science-based ventures.

We’re excited to announce that aspiring scientist and technology entrepreneurs across Canada can now access SFU Beedie’s i2I program with the launch of the Mitacs i2I Skills Training. Delivered in partnership with Mitacs, the program will offer 3 cohorts across Canada this year.

This Skills Training adaptation of i2I won international recognition after the pilot offering was highlighted among the 2020 Innovations That Inspire named by AACSB International (AACSB) – the world’s largest business education network.

“Our goal with the Invention to Innovation program is to help Canada’s world leading scientists and engineers get the perspective they need to lead innovation throughout their careers,” says Elicia Maine, program founder of the Invention to Innovation (i2I) Program. “This will be a huge advantage to them and to our economy, as these scientist-entrepreneurs will understand the importance of early stage market assessment, be more comfortable managing under uncertainty, and will be able to lead new product development, either within their own venture or for an existing firm.”