The Innovation Bridge Series

Welcome to the 2022-2023 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.

Venture Capital Journey  – Dr. Moien Giashi

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST
Open to all members of the campus community (students, postdocs, faculty, and staff)

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There are a lot of players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and it can be quite daunting to see where you can find a fit for yourself.  What is a venture capitalist and how do they fit into this landscape?  Join this session to learn how you can navigate your way to better understand how businesses innovate, some tips on how to enter this arena, and what strengths you can bring to organizations. 

Dr. Moien Giashi is the Senior Associate for GreenSky Capital Inc in Toronto, a company that invests in early stage IT, CleanTech and MedTech, taking them from seed to success.  Dr. Giashi has worked as a consultant (Giashi Group), venture partner/manager (Archangel Network of Funds - Axion Fund, Creative Destruction Lab - UofT), business strategy advisor (Adaptis), startup advisor/mentor (ventureLAB, UofT Hatchery), scientific affairs associate (Baylis Medical), and serves as a Board Advisor for anessa, a company that develops biogas modelling software.  Dr. Giashi moved into this area with a doctoral degree in polymer Chemistry (Vanier, UofT) and has a soft spot for the UofA where he achieved his MSc Chemical Engineering and has a long history of volunteering.


Intellectual Property, Tech Transfer, and Another Piece of the Puzzle - Dr. Quang Tran

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST
Open to all members of the campus community (students, postdocs, faculty, and staff) 
What is intellectual property and what happens when you create new intellectual property as a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow?  How can you assess if it has any value? How do we protect intellectual property?  Is there money to be made? What resources are available on campus and in the community to support commercialization? If you are interested in this role and innovation, come hear how the Technology Transfer Team helps the university navigate these type of questions and more.


Dr. Quang Tran is the Associate Director, Licensing with the Technology Transfer Services (TTS) office at the University of Alberta.  He works with University of Alberta researchers and innovators, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, to identify and assess intellectual property, manage the IP protection process, and commercialize new discoveries in health and life sciences. After completing his PhD in Biochemistry at the UofA , he worked as a Technology Analyst for Innovate Calgary, moved into a Technology Management Officer role for TEC Edmonton, and has now landed at the UofA.

  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
  • September 29, 2021 Innovation for Emerging Scholars with Dr. Tony Briggs 
  • October 27, 2021 Making the World a Better Place with Matt Moreau
  • November 24, 2021 What do I do with my idea? With Manish Jha
  • January 26, 2022 Do you have the 'innovation" gene? with Jane Halford
  • February 3, 2022 Leading Within with Marian Gayed
  • March 23, 2022 Accelerators, Incubators, Scale-up and Seed Stage Start-Ups with Dr. Paramita Chaudhuri Basu
  • April 23, 2022 Building a Team for Success with Sandra Spencer
  • September 21, 2022  Innovation for Emerging Scholars with Dr. Tony Briggs