Entrepreneurship thrives at UBC.

Through entrepreneurship@UBC, we provide venture creation support that enables UBC innovations to thrive.  Guided by their mandate of supporting members of the UBC community to develop as innovators, entrepreneurship@UBC helps to build ventures that positively shape our economy and society. 

Since its inception entrepreneurship@UBC has contributed to the vibrant economic and social landscape of B.C., while building anchor companies that have a global impact. To date, ventures that have been supported by entrepreneurship@UBC in Vancouver and the Okanagan have raised more than $221 million in funding, generated more than $30 million in revenue and created more than 500 jobs.

Venture Creation and Acceleration | Training and Courses
Mentoring | Investment | Student Clubs

Venture Creation and Acceleration

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The entrepreneurship@UBC venture-building journey spans from ideation to launch and funding, helping founders to validate their venture through three incubator stream options: Lab2Launch, CORE, and Social Impact. For ventures preparing to scale, the HATCH Accelerator program provides unparalleled experiences for UBC entrepreneurs, uniting a spectrum of university expertise, high-tech spaces and industry knowledge. 

New ventures also benefit from dedicated space in the Vancouver and Kelowna Innovation UBC hubs and in the Graham Lee Innovation Centre on the Vancouver campus.

Creative Destruction Lab-West

Creative Destruction Lab-West is a seed-stage program designed to help science-based technology companies maximize their commercial impact and benefit to society.

Entrepreneurship Training and Courses

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entrepreneurship@UBC offers training programs and support for all stages of venture creation, from ideation and business-model creation to company-building.

For-credit courses

UBC students can access entrepreneurial education and training through the Sauder School of Business and collaborative faculty-based programs such as the Bachelor of Commerce, Entrepreneurship Specialization; the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track, Masters of Business Administration; the Professional Masters of Business Administration; and Applied Science Joint Entrepreneurship Courses.

Mentoring

entrepreneurship@UBC: Entrepreneurs in Residence and their Mentor Network

entrepreneurship@UBC provides mentoring through their Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiRs). These successful start-up CEOs and executives bring a wealth of industry expertise, broad professional networks and business acumen to support ventures along their journey.

Venture teams are further guided through company building with the active participation of over 220 mentors and subject matter experts from the Vancouver and Okanagan innovation community. 

Investment Capital

Critical to early-stage company building, the UBC Seed Fund and entrepreneurship@UBC’s own Concept Fund help to get promising start-ups off the ground and close the gap in funding between basic research and investable ventures. 

These funds breathe life into the ventures, giving them the financial runway while in R&D to transform and flourish outside of the university into solutions that generate social, economic, environmental, cultural, and health impacts.

Student Clubs

In addition to entrepreneurship student clubs that operate within faculties, students can access the AMS Entrepreneurship Hub (eHub). The eHub is a student-led service dedicated to providing education, support and mentorship to UBC students, and empowering them to become more entrepreneurially minded.