From Research to Reality

Transforming Research Excellence into Impact

Innovation and Commercialization Workshop Series for Graduate Researchers and Postdoctoral Scholars.

Take our workshops and compete!

Postdoctoral and graduate research often has great commercial potential. If you are a graduate student or a postdoctoral scholar – and you have an idea for a new product or process – this is a workshop series you won’t want to miss.

The series includes five workshop sessions starting on Feb. 9 until Mar. 9.

The series will culminate in your chance to put your ideas to the test in front of a panel of judges - at a product pitch competition on Mar. 30, 2021.


The program is free for all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the University of Calgary. For others interested in participating, please contact Jim Wilson to discuss participation. Individuals and research teams are invited to apply.

Participation in the workshop series is required to enter the pitch competition.

Prizes Include

First Place: $3,000 cash prize

Second Place: $2,000 cash prize

Both individuals and research groups are encouraged to apply. 

Workshops will cover:

  • Idea generation and planning
  • Working as a team
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Patents and trademarks
  • Identifying the value of your innovation
  • Knowing your customers
  • Risk management

Workshop Dates

Feb. 9 | Innovation and Intellectual Property

Feb. 16 (reading week) | optional: Startup examples

Feb. 23 | Value Proposition

Mar. 2 | Market and Customer Discovery

Mar. 9 | Steps to Incorporate

Mar. 16 | Pitch Coaching

Mar. 23 | Pitch Practise

Mar. 30 | Pitch Competition

Application required to participate

Form open from Jan. 20 - Feb. 4

Apply Now

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Transforming Research Excellence into Impact

This series is sponsored by Innovate Calgary, the innovation transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary.