UBC Seed Fund

A key source of early stage risk capital for high potential businesses in the e@UBC ecosystem.

The Seed Fund invests risk capital in new and innovative startups founded by UBC students, alumni, faculty and staff. These early investments are key in helping our startups build momentum in their businesses and serves as a bridge to additional outside investment. The Seed Fund has been created through the generous charitable contributions of UBC alumni and others.

Funding the Future of Innovation

Are you Eligible?

The fund is actively looking to invest in the most promising startups and emerging UBC affiliated companies:
• at least one of the founders, or key managers, is a current UBC student, faculty, staff member or recent alumni
• new businesses based around research undertaken at UBC

What do we look for?

Your start-up business might not be perfect but you have some identifiable, exceptional advantage. You might have a scientific breakthrough, intellectual property or a revolutionary business model. You have a good team in place, although it is likely still growing. You should know why your customers value your offering and be working with them to better scope your offering. Your venture may be known by e@UBC and you may have participated in some e@UBC programs.

Pay it forward

The UBC Seed Fund provides a unique opportunity for donors to support innovation and enterprise at UBC. The fund relies on the generous donations of UBC alumni and other individuals passionate about the potential for our startups to become world class companies underpinning a healthy economy and society. Our fund also benefits from the support of successful entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists who volunteer their time to oversee the investment evaluation and approval process and governance of the fund.

Seed Fund Ventures


UV-LED Technology for Water Purification

Acuva develops compact and inexpensive to operate water purification solutions.


Aspect Biosystems

Improving Drug Testing

Developing a novel bioprinting system for the fabrication of 3D biological tissue constructs. This enables more realistic and representative responses to drug testing.

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OpenTable for Clinics

Cloud based appointment booking and management solution for dental and allied healthcare clinics. Helps patients find and book last minute appointments, and lets clinics maximize the utilization rate of their service professionals.

Eagle Energy

Eagle Energy

Disposable Caffeine Vaporizer

Eagle Energy brings a new twist on how to consume an energy drink


Elix Wireless Charging Systems

Electrical Wireless Power Transfer

Elix is commercializing a new method of electrical wireless power transfer, which avoids the potential health risks associated with high frequency electromagnetic fields.



Infrastructure Field Surveys

Encepta performs rapid and highly accurate field surveys of distributed infrastructure assets.



Pipeline Leak Detection

Illusense provides leak detection systems enabling pipeline operators to make more informed decisions.


Microbiome Insights

Auditing the human microbiome

Genetic testing and analysis services to support better insight into the ecosystem of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microbes that make their home in, and around, the human body.



Hollow Microneedle Technology

Microdermics’ hollow microneedle platform provides a reliable, painless, and cost-effective means of delivering therapeutics and vaccines.

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Accurate Wearable Particle Sensors

Nanozen develops accurate, lightweight sensors to monitor harmful airborne particles in industrial settings.


Target Tape

Tape for Surgical Procedures

Developing a unique disposable, adhesive tape incorporating a radiopaque grid for use in surgical procedures, improving precision and reducing surgical errors.



Natural Bed Bug Control

Safe, non-toxic materials for effective and natural bed bug control.