September 27 to October 1, 2021
Creating breakthrough ideas at the intersection
When diversity of thought, inclusive networks and equitable impact connect we find innovation.
Entrepreneurs and innovators work to solve problems at many levels, but the most game-changing solutions come from the collisions of multi-disciplinary experts with a range of backgrounds, skills and knowledge. Together, we can forge new ways of thinking, generate new combinations in our approaches to problem-solving, and adapt to different contexts or environments.
Last year, we had over 600 people join us for a week inspiring discussions, tactical insights and meaningful connections. This year we look forward to our ever growing community gathering once again to engage, learn and network with a vibrant ecosystem of leaders, creators and doers at entrepreneurship@UBC Immersion Week 2021!
Join entrepreneurship@UBC for our 2nd annual entrepreneurship@UBC Immersion Week (EIW) online September 27 to October 1!
This week-long event will cross 3 tracks of content and includes keynote speakers, insightful panels, roundtable discussions and interactive “Ask me Anything” (AMA) sessions. While all sessions will be online, we are aiming to host a few “in-person” networking events in line with government and university health and safety protocols.
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entrepreneurship@UBC propels UBC innovations out into the world through venture creation, providing UBC students, researchers, faculty members, alumni and staff with the resources, networks, and funding they need to succeed.
As one of the world’s top 40 research universities with 80,000 students, faculty and staff and over $650M annual research funding, UBC has long been a catalyst for innovation. Part of the Innovation UBC network, entrepreneurship@UBC supports UBC ventures and entrepreneurs to generate social and economic impacts in B.C. and around the world. To date, entrepreneurship@UBC has supported 561 ventures who have raised more than $1.39 billion in financing, generated more than $116 million in revenue and hired more than 989 employees, stimulating the economic and social landscape of B.C. while building anchor companies that have a global impact.
About the Tracks
Track 1: Creative Transformations & How to Build for Change
Transformative thinking and changing the status quo is deeply rooted in well developed cultures of innovation. Bringing together experts from various disciplines to collaborate on solving local to global challenges requires us to examine our biases, welcome different perspectives and reach outside of comfortable networks. Sessions in this track will explore inspiring stories of change makers, tactical insights on approaches to problem solving, and how we measure impact.
Track 2: Innovation Pathways: Funding, Partnerships and Entrepreneurship
Academic institutions are rich bedrocks of innovation, catalyzing ideas through many pathways, where interdisciplinary approaches significantly contribute solutions to widespread social, economic and environmental problems. This track will spotlight faculty research coming out of institutions such as the University of British Columbia, and the different levers for funding, partnerships or entrepreneurship in order to drive ideas to impact.
Track 3: Entrepreneurial Foundations & Leadership Development
The entrepreneurial journey, while rewarding, has many peaks and valleys. At the earliest stages of venture development, the risks are often greatest, the work overwhelming and the wins an adrenaline rush! Access to networks, talent and capital are the trifecta of resources entrepreneurs at any stage need to accelerate their growth. In this track you hear from founders, investors and ecosystem supporters who will share pivotal moments in their journeys, the leadership skills necessary to galvanize momentum and practical venture building tactics to help you hit the ground running.