Tuesday, August 31, 2021 (Halifax, NS)Applications for the Winter 2022 Lab2Market Halifax cohort are now open. The 16-week program will equip graduate and post-doctorate researchers with the skills required to assess the commercial opportunity for their research and translate it beyond the doors of university laboratories. 

Led by Dalhousie University and the I-INC Network, Lab2Market is part of a suite of programs offered through Dal Innovates that help deliver innovation and entrepreneurial skills and attitudes to students, faculty, and alumni. Participating teams in Lab2Market’s Halifax cohort are also provided support from Mitacs and Springboard Atlantic. 

In addition to the program’s curriculum, the Winter 2022 cohort will offer a stream focused on developing women in research with tailored program delivery and mentorship. Applications will be open to all Atlantic Canadian graduate students, PhD’s, and post-doctorates, with priority given to women in research.  

“At Lab2Market, we work with students and academics to help them better understand the commercial potential of their research,” says Dr. Alice Aiken, Vice President, Research and Innovation at Dalhousie University. “We know that in Atlantic Canada, just 14 percent of startups are female-led, this is disproportionate to the number of women in graduate programs who have ideas that are suitable for commercialization. Dal Innovate’s Lab2Market program is intended to help bridge this gap.” 

Teams will consist of three members, a student in the role of Entrepreneurial Lead, an academic supervisor in the role of Technical Lead and an Industry Mentor, who will work together to validate their ideas through customer discovery to find commercial value in market, supported by $15,000 in funding. 

The Winter 2022 Program kicks off on February 1, 2022. Interested applicants from Atlantic Canada are invited to apply at lab2market.ca/apply before October 18, 2021.  

About Lab2Market

Lab2Market supports researchers who foresee impact and potential commercial value in their deep tech research, by providing opportunities and exposure to help commercialize their intellectual property. The program is developed and led by Dalhousie University, Memorial University, the University of Manitoba and Ryerson University, and leverages the national I-INC network. Learn more at www.lab2market.ca.

About Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of the university’s 20,000-plus students coming from outside the province. Dal’s 6,000 faculty and staff foster a diverse, purpose-driven community, one that spans 13 faculties and conducts more than $194 million in research annually. Part of a cluster identified as one of the world’s top international centres in ocean research, the university proudly celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2018.