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Lab2Market Validate

Are you a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher looking to validate your idea with the purpose of finding business or commercial value in what you are pursuing? 

Lab2Market is a nationwide program that helps brilliant minds in STEM graduate and postdoctoral programs reimagine their futures. Throughout the program, you will discover a passion for entrepreneurship, build an entrepreneurial skill set, and connect with the network you need to turn your idea into successful businesses.

Lab2Market Validate is your opportunity to test and evaluate your idea in an entrepreneurial landscape. Lab2Market Validate is a national program and is now being offered across British Columbia in partnership with entrepreneurship@UBC and SFU VentureLabs.

For more information please contact Lynn Jennifer Kulli at entrepreneurship@UBC or Lesley Duncan at SFU VentureLabs

Lab2Market Highlights

  1. Learn and practice entrepreneurial skills focused on market research, customer discovery, IP/patent landscape, as well as gain access to a network of researchers who have been there and done that - all the while benefiting from what they’ve learned
  2. The program runs 4 months, February to May 2024, and is a full-time commitment of 30-40 hours a week 
  3. Offered free of cost 
  4. $15,000 stipend available per accepted applicant team
  5. Access to mentors, industry experts and potential funders

Who Should Apply?

  • Entrepreneurial Lead (main applicant) - full-time graduate student (Masters, Ph.D., or Postdocs) who has developed or is currently developing tech-based university research.
  • Technical Lead (faculty member) - principal investigator (PI) for the research project

How to Apply

We are offering two cohorts and invite you to apply to one of the following streams:

If your research is in Health Sciences*, apply to join the National Lab2Market Health Cohort.

*This Stream is for those in Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Med-tech, Human and Animal Health, Health IT, Digital Health, and Health related AI projects.​​​​​​

Apply to the Pacific Lab2Market Validate Research Cohort*.

​*This Stream is industry agnostic, and if your field of study is not in Health Sciences and you are at a post secondary institution in British Columbia.

The application deadline is November 19th at 11:59 PM PST, and the program will start in February 2024.

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