The Innovation Bridge Series

Welcome to the 2021-2022 series that will help you discover many aspects to innovation and the entrepreneurially mindset.  The series is open to all students and postdoctoral fellows who want to explore how their skillset can open opportunities, whether it is to start a new initiative themselves or to assist other organizations in successful ventures.

Students and postdoctoral fellows are in a unique position - talented, creative, analytical, problem solvers, innovators - yet, they rarely rank themselves high in their business acumen. Having an entrepreneurial mindset has a far greater scope than starting a business that sells a product or service. Innovation, creativity, and an entrepreneurial mindset are what is needed to create solid policies, develop new processes and establish best practices. These are the skills that graduate programs build and can be transferred to any organization.

The Innovation Bridge Series will take you on a journey of exploring questions that relate to the entrepreneurial mindset and will help you bridge your skills with the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem that needs you.


Innovation for emerging scholars – Dr. Tony Briggs 

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Open to all members of the campus community (students, postdocs, faculty, and staff)

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Description:

Whether you are in the natural and applied sciences or social sciences and humanities, or at the intersection between disciplines, you are developing an entrepreneurial mindset that opens the door to many career opportunities. Innovation is far more than commercializing a product. Let’s uncover how innovation and entrepreneurship can apply to you.


Making the world a better place – Matt Moreau

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Open to all members of the campus community (students, postdocs, faculty, and staff)

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Description:

Many people want a career that leaves the world in a better place. What if you could create your own job that did that? Discovering a problem and acting on it is a great example of the entrepreneurial mindset in action. Join social entrepreneur Matt on his journey from the streets of Edmonton to across the globe.


What do I do with my idea? –  Manish Jha

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Open to all members of the campus community (students, postdocs, faculty, and staff)

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Description:

Ever have that fleeting thought about having your own business? Will my idea work? Is there a framework I can use to test my ideas? What if my idea fails? Now you are getting to the heart of innovation.  Join us for a session that may assist you with testing your ideas and lead to better solutions. 

 

Previous Presentations

  • October 28, 2020 What Is the World of Creativity, Innovation, and ET? with Drs. Deborah James and Tony Briggs
  • November 12, 2020 Now What? Developing Your Innovation with Luke Butterworth
  • January 27, 2021 Finding Your Place in the World of Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Mark Benning
  • February 17, 2021 Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Building the Team and Network for Success with Sandra Spencer
  • March 17, 2021 Using Your Passion to Build a Sustainable Community Venture with Omar Yaqub
  • April 21, 2021 Is Consulting a Career For You? with Julianna Cantwell
  • May 5, 2021 Mitacs Entrepreneurship Accelerate Opportunity with Trevor Wiltzen, Dr. Eric Loo, Dr. Amirreza Sohrabi, and Dr. Matt Baron Anderson