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.
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
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
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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.