Innovation Bridge

Welcome to the Innovation Bridge series, designed to help you discover aspects of innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset. The series is open to all University of Alberta students and postdoctoral fellows (PDF) who want to explore how their skills can open opportunities, whether your goal is to start a new initiative yourself or assist other organizations in successful ventures.

Students and PDFs are in a unique position — they are talented, creative, analytical, problem solvers and innovators, yet they rarely rank themselves high in their business skills. Having an entrepreneurial mindset means more than starting a business that sells a product or service. You need innovation and creativity to create solid policies, develop new processes and establish best practices. These are the skills that graduate programs and fellowships build and can be transferred to any organization.

The Innovation Bridge series will explore questions that relate to the entrepreneurial mindset and will help you bridge your skills with the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem — an ecosystem that needs you.

More sessions are to be announced for 2024. Stay tuned...

Previous Presentations

To see previous presentations, view the list below. Past presenters welcome questions from current graduate students and PDFs. To connect with them, email

  • 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
  • October 19, 2022: Venture Capitalist Journey with Dr. Moein Giashi
  • November 23, 2022: Intellectual Property, Tech Transfer, and Another Piece of the Puzzle with Dr. Quang Tran
  • January 25, 2023: How to Raise Funds with Dr. Paramita Chaudhuri Basu
  • February 15, 2023: A Risky Path with Evan Hu
  • March 29, 2023: So You Want To Be a Consultant with Kristina Polziehn
  • April 26, 2023: Do You Want To Serve Your Community? How About Social Entrepreneurship? with Dr. Leo Wong 
  • May 24, 2023: How to get engaged in entrepreneurship? with Dr. David Bressler
  • September 27, 2023: Innovation for Emerging Scholars with Dr. Tony Briggs
  • October 18, 2023: Entrepeneurship, Innovation and the Library with Céline Gareau-Brennan and Patti Sherbaniuk
  • November 29, 2023: Start to Start-up with Dr. Mike Lipsett
  • January 31, 2024: Is a Career in Consulting for You? with Julianna Cantwell
  • February 28, 2024: Developing a Customer Mindset with Peter Keith
  • March 20, 2024: Accelerators, Incubators, Scale-up and Seed Stage Start-Ups with Dr. Paramita Chaudhuri Basu