Technology Commercialization Centre (TCC)

The Technology Commercialization Centre (TCC), led by Mike Lounsbury (Academic Director, Canada Research Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation) and Tony Briggs (Executive Director), aims to support scholarship, education and outreach in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Our scholarly excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation provides the core foundation for all our initiatives. We are proud to support leading entrepreneurial scholarship through our collaboration in the West Coast Research Symposium with Stanford University, University of Oregon, University of Southern California, University of Washington.

Building on our world recognized leadership in scholarship at the interface of entrepreneurship and organization theory, Entrepreneurship@UAlberta is a centrally supported cross-faculty University of Alberta initiative led by the Alberta School of Business that aims to catalyze and sustain an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. This is achieved through curricular and co-curricular student development at all levels by combining good business fundamentals, with a rich, mentored learning environment and strong partnership networks. On the curricular side, we offer an undergraduate entrepreneurship major as well as open enrollment cross-campus courses (introduction to entrepreneurship; womens entrepreneurship). At the graduate level, we offer an innovation and entrepreneurship MBA specialization and certificate program, as well as support the Alberta Innovates Technology Future (AITF) Post doctoral fellows program.

Through eHUB, a staffed, physical space in the University of Alberta's HUB mall, students get access to expertise, mentorship and partner networks as they collaborate and cooperate in developing new ideas, companies and social ventures. eHUB leverages the University of Alberta's core research and teaching strengths in entrepreneurship and innovation, with University-wide expertise in arts, sciences, engineering, medicine, agriculture and other areas, scaling opportunities across the faculties and translating them into new opportunities for Albertans. This year, eHUB supported approximately 60 cross-faculty, entrepreneurial student teams and regularly engages over 200 students and post-docs through various programs. Our top teams have raised over $250,000, their many stories highlighted here.

About the Centre

The Technology Commercialization Centre's core focus is supporting the development of fundamental knowledge in the areas of technology innovation and commercialization through scholarly research. To this end we are raising the visibility of our own expertise, as well as that of the commercialization and entrepreneurship research community. We sponsor workshops, conferences and talks featuring world-class scholars.

The Centre encourages and nurtures the tech-entrepreneurs and leaders of the future by providing them with the skills and resources they need to enhance innovation and technology commercialization practices. In particular, the TCC encourages entrepreneurially-minded individuals who have a passion for developing key scientific and technological issues in areas such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, biomedical devices, computing and communications.

In addition, the Centre fosters connections between university research and industry. The TCC stimulates technology entrepreneurship through partnerships with key stakeholders such as Alberta Innovates.