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Programs | Explore | Lab2Market Validate

Validate your idea as a business

Lab2Market Validate (previously Lab2Market) is a 4 month program to help researchers validate their ideas with the purpose of finding business/commercial value. 

Why does L2M Validate exist?

We are on a mission to empower our researchers to think like entrepreneurs.
 Every year, Canada spends more than $700M+ in applied research from coast to coast, with only a handful of ideas reaching the market. We are here to change that. We empower researchers who aren’t satisfied with just publications and awards – but instead would like to grow their ideas to the point of market adoption.

We’ve built the L2M Validate Program with the researcher in mind

Our team has built companies that relied on commercializing research and knows what it takes to convert research ideas into business offerings. We’ve designed our programming to help you succeed, and build the next great business.

Here’s how

  • $15 000 in funding. 
  • Training from innovation leaders
  • The opportunity to assess product-market fit
  • Access to mentors, industry experts and funders
  • Access to a vast entrepreneurial network and community

The Cohorts

Lab2Market Validate (Atlantic)

This fall Dal Innovates will offer a Lab2Market Validate cohort that is open to researchers, postdocs, and faculty, from universities in Atlantic Canada across all subjects of research. 

 

What participants are saying

“Many of us have inspiring concepts, innovative ideas or have been engaged in novel scientific research which can be beneficial to society. However, what I was lacking was proper guidance and knowledge on how to become an entrepreneur. Lab2Market is one of the greatest opportunities I have received to make myself confident in commercializing my research in future.”

– Surangi Dharmawansa, Dalhousie University

“Lab2Market changed our short-term priorities completely. What started as a hardware project ended up being a software project as it became clear where the demand was. …Now we are better equipped to focus our efforts thanks to the customer discovery process taught through Lab2Market.”

– Dr. Kyle Briggs, University of Ottawa

Read one team’s full story here

Lab2Market Validate National Health Cohort

Application Deadline: September 15, 2023 (Extended until October 6th)

Info Session: Sept 26, 2023

Pre-training: January, 2024

Kick-off: January, 2024

Closing Workshop: March, 2024

Lab2Market Validate is offered free of cost and is open to any researcher (Masters, Ph.D., and Postdocs) in Canada, and is designed for researchers who are completing their studies full-time. The program is run nationally.


The National Lab2Market Health cohort is open specifically for those with Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Med-Tech, Human and Animal Health, and Health IT projects and is hosted by Dalhousie University, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and University of Toronto.

 

Applications

Applications for the 2024 National Health Lab2Market Validate program are closed.

Questions? Not sure if you should apply?

Contact Dr. Michael Carew at mwcarew@dal.ca

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Lab2Market is made possible by the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Mitacs