We forge smart, strong partnerships with other key players in the innovation ecosystem to spur opportunities for collaboration and investment.

Creative Destruction Lab:

The Creative Destruction Lab is the leading seed-stage program for massively scalable, science-based companies. The program employs an objectives-based mentoring process with the goal of maximizing equity-value creation.  Launched in 2012 at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, the program has expanded globally with locations in Vancouver (Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia), Calgary (Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary), Montreal (HECMontréal) Halifax (Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University) and New York (New York University Stern School of Business).

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the leading university for innovation and entrepreneurship in the world.  The MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP) provides opportunities for communities around the world to engage with MIT in an evidence-based, practical approach to strengthening innovation-driven entrepreneurial (IDE) ecosystems.  This mission by translating research insights into practical frameworks, convening stakeholders focused on IDE, and educating regional leaders through team-based interaction to achieve economic and social progress.  MIT REAP admits up to 8 partner regions annually to participate in the two-year engagement. A typical REAP region has a population of 1-10 million people. Each partner region has a team comprised of 5-8 highly driven and influential regional members and is headed by a regional team champion. All 5 major stakeholder groups are represented in an MIT REAP team: government, corporate, academia, risk capital, and the entrepreneurial community.  MIT REAP Team Nova Scotia’s regional focus is on Nova Scotia, Canada. The Team Champion is Dalhousie University with stakeholders from the provincial and federal governments, venture capital, entrepreneurs and corporations.  Some of the outcomes from MIT REAP include Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, the expansion of Volta Labs, the Emera ideaHUB and the expansion of CDL-Atlantic.

“The unique relationship between Dalhousie and MIT has helped rapidly advance the commercialization of deep science and technology through CDL-Atlantic and other programs. The  successes achieved through this partnership clearly demonstrate that ample economic opportunities exist wherever there are intelligent and talented individuals backedby cutting-edge research expertise and academic institutions.”

Bill Aulet, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

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Nova Scotia Sandboxes

The Nova Scotia Sandbox Project is a joint project hosted by Nova Scotia universities and community colleges which focuses on providing support for post-secondary students to develop enthusiasm for and pathways to innovation.  Sandboxes are collaborative collision spaces  that bring together students, mentors and external advisors to take business and social enterprise concepts from ideation to execution. They act as hubs and are designed to help leverage the human resource and research capacity in the province’s universities and colleges to create changes in knowledge, skills and attitudes, and knowledge-based businesses or social enterprises, while also providing new educational opportunities for students.  Dalhousie hosts four sandboxes:

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Office of Commercialization and Industry Engagement:

OCIE engages with businesses and companies to meet their research needs and assists Dalhousie researchers in transferring technology through licensing partnerships and the creation of spin-out ventures and start-up companies.


I -INC (Incubate Innovate Network of Canada)

I-INC is a national network of university-linked incubators and accelerators dedicated to accelerating the transfer of Canadian research-driven science and technology from lab-to-market and commercial application.

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Dalhousie University partners with Volta Labs, the largest innovation hub in Canada outside the Toronto-Waterloo corridor.

See: Volta

COVE (Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship)

COVE is a 9-acre collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector in Halifax which brings together people, ideas, industry, start-ups, and research to create the world’s next practical, commercial and revolutionary ocean tech advances.


Springboard Atlantic:

Dalhousie is a member of Springboard Atlantic, Atlantic Canada’s commercialization and industry liaison network, which provides strategically positioned resources to Atlantic Canadian universities and colleges to help them transfer both knowledge and technology into the private sector.Our network is comprised of members from 14 Atlantic Canadian universities and five community colleges respectively. Leveraging their affiliations and expertise in concert, they work to connect publicly funded research with industry experts through a range of programs.Connecting skilled professionals in academia with like-minded contacts in industry drives new collaborations and supports research commercialization in Atlantic Canada. With core support from its members, and from the Government of Canada (through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, or ACOA), Springboard is building economic advantages for the Atlantic Region every day.

See: Springboard Atlantic