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Validate your idea as a business

Lab2Market Validate (L2M Validate) 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
  • Opportunity to speak to potential customers

Upcoming Cohorts

Lab2Market Validate Atlantic Fall 2024

This fall, Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick will offer a Lab2Market Validate cohort open to researchers, postdocs, and faculty from universities across Atlantic Canada in all subjects of research.


Lab2Market Validate Atlantic Fall 2024 

Applications Open: April 2, 2024

Applications Close: June 1, 2024

Info Session: April 25, 2024 and May 9, 2024

Pre-training: September 2024

Kick-off: October 2024

Closing Workshop: November 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.

Lab2Market Validate Fall 2024 is an industry agnostic cohort for Master, PhD, PostDoc students within Atlantic Canada. Applicants must be eligible for Mitacs Business Strategy Internship (BSI) program.

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 Alumni

Dr Crystal Sweeney, Founder of PureSpire Biomonitoring Technologies

Where Ideas Meet Impact: Analytical toxicologist builds startup to help firefighters manage risk of carcinogen exposure

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Dr Rafaela Andrade, CEO of Myomar Molecular

Dal postdoc wins Mitacs entrepreneurship award for world’s first at‑home test to measure muscle health

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Meet the 22 Health Research Teams Taking Part in Lab2Market Validate this Winter 2024

Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto came together to host a joint cohort for researchers in health innovation.

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18 New Atlantic Canadian Research Teams Dive into Research Commercialization with Lab2Market Validate Program

The teams comprised of students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members focused on science and technological innovation.

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Applications are now closed for Lab2Market Validate Atlantic Fall 2024



Questions? Not sure if you should apply?

Contact Dr. Michael Carew at

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