From Research to Impact

Venture beyond academia and develop key competencies to go from research to industry.

Real impact for all aspect of life

Margaret Magdesian, Co-founder of Ananda Devices & PhD in Neuroscience

"I was a scientist all my life and had no entrepreneurial experience before. However, I knew I needed to take the leap because that is how I can turn my idea into a tangible impact. Patents and papers only impact every day lives when they become a product, a therapy or a tool. I’ve grown tremendously since thanks to the right support to guide me along my entrepreneurial journey."

  • + Knowledge

    Learn and implement world-class practices in innovation through online workshops on innovation and scientific entrepreneurship.

  • + Coaching

    Get support and guidance from experts at the cutting edge of their fields and serial entrepreneurs who will share their know-how with you.

  • + Community

    Join a supportive community to increase your network and learn from your peers who are all scientists looking to have an impact.

Discover a viable industry application for your scientific innovation at your own pace.

Charles C. Onu, Co-founder of Ubenwa & PhD in Computer Science

"I highly recommend this program as it is a confluence of coaches and experts who are not only committed to helping scientists discover entrepreneurship and bring their research to market, but also equipped to do so effectively.”

Your Journey

  • Discovery: Think Beyond the Lab

    Acquire knowledge on innovation paths, design thinking skills, entrepreneurial skills, and participate in joint activities with local innovation communities and sector-specific industries.

    Start Date: February 8 (2 Weeks)

  • Validation: Find Your Market

    Explore potential markets for your technology and validate your business model with coaching to help you identify your target market, complete your prototype, and get ready to launch your startup.

    Spring 2019 (12 Weeks)

  • Launch & Scale: Build Your Startup

    Launch your startup, develop your customer acquisition strategy, pitch for financing opportunities with investors and government funding, and get the support you need to go global.

    Summer 2019 (2 Weeks)

Mina Mekhail, Co-founder of Impactful Health & PhD in Biomedical Engineering

“When starting a company, there are a lot of unknowns and I had to learn a lot of things I didn't know as a scientist. The training provided me with the skills and knowledge to fill in the gaps I was missing to build a successful business."

The program is open to all researchers in academic institutions across Quebec

  • Engineering

  • Social Sciences

  • Medicine

  • Life Sciences

  • Health

  • Fine Arts

  • Computer Science

  • Mathematics

Start Your Journey

  • Relevant Background

    You are currently completing or have completed a graduate degree.

  • Time Commitment

    Commit a minimum of 3 hours per week to complete the online session and the coaching sessions.

  • Collaborative Spirit

    All feedback is good feedback especially when it comes from your peers. Therefore, being open to collaboration is key.

Go from Research to Market

Deadline: January 27

Quebec’s first scientific entrepreneurship program of its kind.

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Meet the Team

Seasoned high tech entrepreneurs and experts you can count on to challenge you, hold you accountable, and help you avoid costly mistakes.

Mahzad Sharifahmadian

Scientific Entrepreneurship Fellow. PhD in Biochemistry.

Jane Somerville

Program Director. Entrepreneur with 25 years of experience helping businesses in strategy, marketing and sales.

Xavier-Henri Hervé

Executive Director & Coach cofounded Mechtronix, a manufacturer of commercial flight simulators acquired in 2010.

Edna Chosack

Scientific Entrepreneurship Coach. Cofounded Simbionix Inc., a medical-simulation startup acquired by 3D Systems in 2014.


When does the program begin and end?

The program will be a total of 16 weeks. The foundation stage will be in Winter 2019, the discovery stage will be from Spring 2019, and the acceleration stage will be from Summer 2019.

I don’t have a specific solution or problem I want to solve.

That’s perfectly okay. Throughout the program, you’ll have the opportunity to refine your ideas and explore problems you want to solve.

Do I need to be part of Concordia University to get access to the scientific entrepreneurship program?

Our program is open to all individuals who are looking to discover innovation and entrepreneurship.

Do I need to participate in all the three stages?

We encourage you to complete all the stages. However, it is not mandatory. Our goal is to help propel your idea with the possibility of developing a viable startup. However, to advance through the program, you need to go through each step respectively. You can take a break for one quarter in between before you advance to the next step.

How was the program developed?

The program has been inspired by the lean launchpad methodology used by institutions like the United States' National Science Foundation and I-corp NSF.

Once accepted, how long can I expect my journey to last?

This program serves as a springboard to entrepreneurship, you’ll develop valuable skill sets and have a potential solution that you can choose to develop into a startup.