The Innovation Bridge Series

Graduate 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 research skills with the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem that needs you. Participants will be eligible to use their attendance at sessions towards a new Innovation recognition initiative.

Mitacs Entrepreneur Accelerate Opportunity

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 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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Mitacs Accelerate Entrepreneur funds student and postdoctoral fellows to take their research or technology to the next step by building their entrepreneurial skills. This is typically done in partnership with incubators on campus, so participants are supported in their journey. What does a typical journey look like for someone in this type of internship?  What is considered to be a successful internship? How do supervisors respond to their students and postdocs being part of this program?  What are the biggest challenges? What happens to participants after their internship? How does this program leverage a participant for other opportunities?

Trevor Wiltzen, MBA; Eric Loo, PhD; Amirreza Sohrabi, PhD; and Matt Baron Anderson, PhD

Trevor Wiltzen is the current Business Development Director with Mitacs and has a passion to build collaborative relationships and partnerships with a wide range of industry, academic, government and non-profit stakeholders and professionals.  
Eric Loo is the Director of Business Development and Team Lead of the Prairies division of Mitacs. He has nearly 10 years of experience working with private sector businesses and building collaborations with post-secondary partners.

Parmiss Mojir Shaibani is a former PhD student and Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Roshan Water Solutions.
Matt Baron Anderson is a former PhD student who co-founded Future Fields and currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer.

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