entrepreneurship@UBC (e@UBC) is a unique program that delivers a combination of education, venture creation, and seed funding to maximize the number of successful ventures coming out of UBC.
e@UBC’s entrepreneurship initiatives range from access to a vast alumni mentor network, to specifically tailored accelerator workshops for high school and university students – all delivered with the same standard of excellence that participants would expect from a world-class university. e@UBC’s mission is to “inspire and encourage entrepreneurial thinking to create innovative commercial and social ventures.”
The e@UBC Lean Launchpad Accelerator programs are taught over five sessions, where participants work with the guidance of world-class entrepreneurial educators from the Sauder School of Business and experienced industry mentors. Teams emerge with a clear idea of their business models, their markets, and the key drivers for their venture’s success.
The Accelerator programs cover two streams. The first is the general e@UBC Accelerator, which trains teams from any discipline or industry. The second is the e@UBC Accelerator program for Genomics and Life Sciences, operating in collaboration with the UBC Life Sciences Institute and Genome BC. This stream focuses on teams of scientists and researchers with innovative ideas specific to life sciences and genomics. These programs are open to UBC faculty members, students, alumni, and staff with innovative concepts and ideas.
Additionally, e@UBC has developed an entire ecosystem of integrated programs for the UBC community that support participants from the initial idea concept stage to securing funding, but are also available to those who simply want to get involved with e@UBC, have fun and be inspired about the potential of being an entrepreneur. These include Open Office, Start-up Space, the Mentor Network, the Student Network and e@UBC Highschools.
e@UBC’s breadth of partnerships within the university, with industry and with other organizations, is another strength that benefits UBC’s ventures. In addition to the Sauder School of Business, UBC alumni and UBC students, the growing list of partners include: BC Innovation Council, BCTIA, DDB Canada, Faculty of Applied Science, Genome BC, Genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, ISIS Research Centre, Life Sciences Institute, NRC Industrial Research Assistant Program, University Industry Liaison Office (UILO), the W. Maurice Young Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research Centre and the Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad (YELL).
For more information, please visit www.entrepreneurship.ubc.ca.