Propelling UBC innovations out into the world through venture creation.
entrepreneurship@UBC provides UBC students, researchers, faculty members, alumni and staff with the resources, networks, and funding they need to succeed. As one of the world’s top 40 research universities with 80,000 students, faculty and staff and over $700 million in annual research funding, UBC has long been a catalyst for innovation. Part of the Innovation UBC network, entrepreneurship@UBC supports UBC ventures and entrepreneurs to generate social and economic impacts in B.C. and around the world.
To date, entrepreneurship@UBC has worked with over 584 ventures who have raised more than $1.42 billion in funding, generated more than $119 million in revenue and hired more than 1056 employees, stimulating the economic and social landscape of B.C. while building anchor companies that have global impact.
Our Dual Mandate
Our mission is to enrich the education experience of students and UBC innovators by providing them with opportunities to become entrepreneurial thinkers. Our goal is to build transformational ventures that positively shape our economy and society.
Our Network Effect
entrepreneurship@UBC has been supported by a multidisciplinary network of collaborators across the UBC and regional ecosystem who have championed us to move innovation to impact, through venture building.
This spans our UBC community collaborators, like UBC alumni and entrepreneur Graham Lee (generous donor of the Graham Lee Innovation Centre) to our pool of 250+ mentors and Entrepreneurs in Residence, to faculty partners such as the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Science (ICICS), Faculty of Applied Science, Sauder School of Business, School of Journalism, School of Biomedical Engineering and many more.
We've created a rich tapestry of partners helping to further the journey of UBC entrepreneurs across intersections, providing deep value and impacts for the early-stage entrepreneurs in our community.
Our Core Values
- Entrepreneur & Innovator Focused: We are here to serve entrepreneurial thinkers and innovators. Everything we do is with the aim of helping them succeed.
- Candor & Transparency: By being personally transparent and communicating with radical candor, we accelerate learning within our organization. We work collaboratively and openly.
- Empowerment & Respect: We empower and respect each other, our founders and teams, and our partners. We are committed to a culture of diversity and inclusiveness. We care about people while challenging problems directly.
- Creative Risk-Takers: We are creative risk-takers who are constantly evolving without losing focus on what matters. We engage each other to find new ways of approaching things and encourage “big thinking.” We can always be better and acknowledge we don’t have all the answers.
- Velocity & Grit: We model and champion entrepreneurial drive, agile thinking and forward-moving momentum that our ventures need to succeed.
- Culture of Accountability & Collaboration: We are generous givers who are committed to showing up for each other. We act with integrity, respect, professionalism and trust, delivering exceptional results. This is core to our brand promise.