The eight-month, part-time Mitacs i2I Skills Training program helps scientists and engineers understand how to take their ideas from lab to market. This academic-style program opens up new career pathways for graduate level researchers.
The i2I program is delivered by Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. Now offered across Canada, i2I is highly accessible with a hybrid format that allows you the flexibility to participate online with the opportunity to build a meaningful network with like-minded innovators. It has a synchronous opening, mid-point and closing session, regular short check-in sessions, and in-depth course concepts, assignments and feedback delivered asynchronously online. The program kicks off in September and wraps up in April.
Throughout the i2I program you will be equipped with the theory, frameworks and skills to commercialize your inventions, become an innovation champion in industry, or increase knowledge mobilization through translational science. Topics covered and competencies developed include:
The Mitacs i2I Skills Training adds the most value for science and engineering graduate students, Masters, PhD’s & post-docs who are lab-focused, and who currently have an articulated innovation idea in-progress.
Students generally come from areas in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Bio-medical Engineering, Material Science, Electrical Engineering, Nano-tech, Quantum, Mechatronics, Medicine, Pharma, etc.
There are 10 seats for Atlantic researchers in the 2022/23 academic year. The program is offered free of charge.
Admission to the Mitacs i2I Skills Training is based on the following criteria:
Recruitment opens: May 4th
Recruitment closes: July 4th (extended to July 14th)
Program will begin in the Fall of 2023 (exact dates TBD).
The i2I Skills Training program is made possible by the support of Mitacs, and delivered by Simon Fraser University