Entrepreneurship at UBC

Entrepreneurship@UBC (e@UBC), is UBC’s venture accelerator. Since 2013, e@UBC has helped more than 800 UBC venture teams to become inspired, learn about entrepreneurship, and build successful ventures.

e@UBC offers a well-developed range of commercialization and entrepreneurship programs to support UBC’s growing community of entrepreneurs. These include entrepreneurial workshops, mentorship and programs for market validation and business model development.


entrepreneurship@UBCO (e@UBCO)

A key form of innovation at UBC is the process through which bold thinking and research discoveries create a positive social or economic impact.

Our new entrepreneurship@UBCO programs and mentorship activities are designed to help UBC Okanagan students, faculty, staff and recent graduates explore their startup ideas, build connections within the Okanagan innovation ecosystem, and develop the skill set needed to launch a successful new venture.

We work in partnership with Accelerate Okanagan to help connect and grow new ventures—offering students, researchers and early-stage entrepreneurs an opportunity to transform their ideas into viable ventures.


The Innovation UBC Kelowna Hub

Our Innovation UBC Hub, located at the Innovation Centre downtown, provides the UBC Okanagan community with space to connect and access support from Kelowna’s innovation network.

Innovation UBC Hub
#203-460 Doyle Ave.
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 0C2

room bookings

Questions about booking this new innovation space? Contact:

Angela Sali | Administrative Coordinator
Office of the Vice-Principal Research

Entrepreneurship Programs

Explore your options. Programs are open to UBC Okanagan faculty, staff, students, and recent graduates (within five years).

Startup Basics Program

The Startup Basics Program has been developed for early-stage entrepreneurs and career changers.  The Program is a precursor to Lean LaunchPad and supplies participants with the tools and resources needed to accelerate their idea to the next stage. Startup Basics is a classroom style program split into nine distinct topics – each 1.5 hours long.  Sessions will be presented in the Fall terms in collaboration with Accelerate Okanagan Staff, Executive in Residence Mentors, Partners, and Alumni. Each session is designed to educate the entrepreneur on the fundamentals needed to transform idea into startup.

The program includes:

Mentorship and Coaching: Access to Executive-in-Residence (EIR) mentors, partners, and AO alumni during the program.

Training and Courses: Targeted sessions provide structured content, tools, and follow up summaries to help educate tech and tech-enabled entrepreneurs about business and entrepreneurship best practices.

Peer-to-Peer Engagement: Sessions are delivered in a group setting where entrepreneurs meet each other, collaborate and learn together, and build lasting relationships to help each other out as they turn ideas into companies.

  • Week 1 – Getting Started
  • Week 2 – Positioning Pro Tips
  • Week 3 – Legal & Accounting 101
  • Week 4 – Business Building
  • Week 5 – Laws of Attraction
  • Week 6 – Budget Building
  • Week 7 – Pitching Power
  • Week 8 – Brand Building
  • Week 9 – Lessons Learned

Next Session:

When: November 22 & 29, 2018
Where: UBC Okanagan (Arts Building, Room 104) | Campus Map
Registration: Coming soon. Subscribe below to receive program updates.

Lean LaunchPad

The Lean LaunchPad program offers entrepreneurial tools and resources to help new ventures increase their chances of building a successful, innovative business model. It is a market validation program designed to ensure participants are addressing a validated need in the marketplace.

The program is offered twice per academic year (Fall/Winter) and is facilitated over a period of 5-weeks using 8 program modules:

  1. Program Launch
  2. Value Proposition Canvas
  3. Uncovering Pains and Gains
  4. Customer Discovery and Interviewing
  5. Competitive Landscape
  6. Market Sizing and Mapping the Buying Process
  7. Minimum Viable Product and Prototype
  8. Revenue Model and Pricing

These components will be delivered as lectures and evening in-person working sessions. Each team will work with a mentor to do hands-on exercises and obtain real world feedback as they:

  • develop customer discovery questions regarding their innovations;
  • use tools to work towards a clear product-market fit;
  • develop their value proposition;
  • validate market need;
  • develop financial literacy and develop realistic pricing and financial projections; and
  • figure out a compelling business model.

Each lecture will be bolstered by videos and reading assignments accessed via an online learning platform developed by e@UBC and the Sauder Business School on the UBC Vancouver campus.

Next Session:

When: February 2019 (dates to be confirmed)
Where: UBC Okanagan (location tbc)
Registration: Step 1: Register for an account Step 2: New venture application

Mentor to Market

Mentor to Market is a new program that is building bridges from research findings to real world impact through one-on-one coaching and connections to key resources in the community and beyond.

In the university environment, scientists, social scientists and engineers are trained to develop new technology, apply science principles to hard problems, discover entirely new paradigms of what scientific or social scientific pursuit might mean, and write that in the form of a paper, a book, or a presentation at a conference.

However without an advocate who can help move those ideas beyond concept and prototype to market, many will stay on the shelf. Mentor to Market is helping support researchers and prepare the next generation — undergrads, graduate students, and postdocs alike — to take that step.

It is helping take ideas from lab demonstration, or thesis to practical, large-scale application in the world by:

  • Identifying the emerging “opportunity space” in an industry sector
  • Validate new ideas from and social and market context;
  • Distinguishing real viable opportunities from interesting ideas through market research and validation and feasibility studies;
  • Evolving ideas into a plan for scalable products and services;
  • Evaluating business models that can translate opportunities into ventures or licensable solutions; and,
  • Acting as connective tissue between entrepreneurial support entities and mentors, funding resources and the University-Industry Liaison Office.

This training will enable graduates to enhance their innovation and entrepreneurship skills and provide the skills to pursue entrepreneurial careers as an alternative. Some are already generating jobs for themselves prior to graduation.

Successful CEOs, angels, and domain experts with a track record of expertise in key areas are being recruited to provide guidance to researchers, students, alumni, and staff and to provide support for both our Mentor to Market and Lean LaunchPad programs. This network will increase the connectivity and intellectual capital of the region as well as assist in capital formation.

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Sutherland | Program Facilitator

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