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Helping you take your research from concept to customer

The Lab2Market Program is a 4 month program to help researchers validate their ideas with the purpose of finding business/commercial value. The program is based on similar programs that have found success in other parts of the world, but with a Canadian twist.

The Team

The Lab2Market team is made up of founders and operators that have worked in the field of deep tech and entrepreneurship, so we know what it takes to help you commercialize your research.

Why does Lab2Market 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 Lab2Market 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

  • Money
  • Mentors and Advisors
  • Curriculum
  • Community of Entrepreneurs and Researchers

The Cohorts

Lab2Market Halifax

Lab2Market Halifax is open to researchers, post-docs, and faculty, from Universities in Atlantic Canada and open to all subjects of research. 

Partnered with Dalhousie University and funded by Mitacs and the Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency (ACOA) 

Lab2Market Health

The National Health Cohort is dedicated for health, pharma and bio-based technologies from researchers across Canada.

Partnered with Dalhousie Univeristy, Toronto Metropolitan University and funded by Mitacs.


Lab2Market Cybersecurity

Lab2Market Cybersecurity will be delivering an cybersecurity-focused cohort focused on supporting researchers and entrepreneurs in their journey of validating their idea, using the lean methodology.

Partnered with Toronto Metropolitan Univeristy and funded by Mitacs. 

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

Application Deadline: September 16, 2022

Pre-training: January, 2023

Kick-off: February 6-8, 2023

Closing Workshop: March 30-31, 2023

Application Deadline:  October 28th, * Extended to November 4th

Pre-training: January, 2023

Core programming (full time): February-March, 2023

Post Program: April, 2023

Application Deadline: October 28th, 2022

Pre-training: January 16 – February 10, 2023

Core programming (full time): Core-Program February 13 – March 31, 2023

Post Program: Post-Program April 3 – April 18, 2023

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