How do innovations become useful in society? What is needed for a company to use such innovations successfuly? Why and how do individuals and companies commercialize a technology? This course gives an introduction to the skills needed by entrepreneurs in order to start a new venture based on an innovative idea. This course is Pass/Fail. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
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Professor and Director
M. Cynthia Goh, BS, PhD (U)
E. Istrate, BASc, PhD
The Impact Centre's goal is for proactive knowledge translation, in which university-based expertise is brought to create value to society. Innovation and entpreneurship are important aspects in this process, and the Impact Centre is home to a number of training activities for students to gain entrepreneurial skills. These skills are useful whether starting a company, or joining an existing company. At the undergraduate level, this program includes lecture-based and experiential-learning courses.
The courses are aimed at students from all disciplines. Inventions sometimes come from the science or engineering labs, but getting them out of the lab and available to meeting society's needs requires a very diverse set of skills. This is usually done by multi-disciplinary teams with representatives from the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Therefore, the courses will emphasise such collaborations between students of diverse backgrounds.