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Academic Entrepreneur in Residence

Providing mentorship to help move emergent research ideas toward impactful solutions

Academic Entrepreneur in Residence

The Academic Entrepreneur in Residence (AEIR) program offers mentorship and practical support when and where it’s needed. We are supercharging innovation and nurturing venture building through a network of embedded mentors.

The AEIR role at the University of Calgary is aimed at supporting a critical step in the innovation workflow by providing mentorship and practical support to help move emergent research ideas toward impactful solutions in our community.

The odds are stacked against those trying to create a successful venture. AEIR’s are tilting those odds to favour UCalgary researchers who possess innovative solutions. The AEIR mentors have been in this position. They have tried, failed and sometimes succeeded. They recognize that entrepreneurship requires a holistic view of the problems and solutions. 

Academics speaking the language of academia and business

Our mentees

  • Are accomplished experts in their field of research
  • Are motivated to take their research outside the university through some form of venture
  • Are stuck on translating their research findings to real world applications
  • Want to be more competitive in the private sector
  • Crave insight to the commercialization process and guidance in the business world

Our mentors:

  • Recognize potential application areas in emerging research results
  • Assess transformative solutions in terms of novelty and commercialization
  • Create an environment where researchers are committed, coachable and available
  • Support the development of technical readiness plans
  • Take an interest in enterprise education

AEIR’s connect the languages of research and academia with those of business and community to help entrepreneurs focus on the potential societal significance of an idea or discovery.

AEIR's create momentum

AEIR’s help maximize the probability of success for early-stage UCalgary innovators through individualized mentoring that is specific to the research group and their planned venture. These are mentors who have a deep understanding of research, technology and business. 

AEIR’s work directly  with faculty, staff, postdoc fellows and students at the University of Calgary to help recognize the commercial or social potential of their research activities and create a plan that moves them further along the innovation continuum.

Meet the AEIR Team

Adam Pidlisecky

Dr. Adam Pidlisecky, PhD

Jagos Radovic

Dr. Jagos Radovic, PhD

Paula Berton

Dr. Paula Berton, PhD