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Understand the entrepreneurial journey and mindset

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Scientist2Entrepreneur is an 11-week program for researchers with, or completing a master’s, Ph.D., postdoc or are a faculty member in STEM fields who want to explore the path required to go from research to market. By the end of the program, you will understand the entrepreneurial journey and mindset, and how to transform your idea into a marketable solution. Perfect for scientists at the start of their entrepreneurial journey. 

About this program

This cohort is open to students at any Canadian university. The program takes place virtually, with one synchronous session per week, as well as curated readings. In total, the time commitment is three hours/week. 

Dates and Times

The program starts on January 24, 2023 and runs until April 4, 2023.

The sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 2-3:30pm ET/3-4:30pm ADT.

Program phases

Phase One

Discover the leading methodologies to disrupt markets.

Phase Two

Explore potential markets for your technology.

Phase Three

Navigate the local ecosystem to start building your startup.

Program eligibility

  1. You are currently pursuing or have recently pursued research at a Canadian university and affiliated institutions in a STEM or STEM-related field; or 

  2. You are or have been a graduate student, postdoc, research assistant, or research associate at a Canadian university affiliated institutions. 

Topics covered

  • Welcome and intro to peer groups and program
  • Exploring research-market fit 
  • Prioritizing customer segments and the people in it 
  • Defining your value proposition 
  • Interviewing effectively 
  • Defining your positioning and analyzing market risk and opportunity 
  • Developing a business model
  • Telling a strong startup story
  • Building basic financial models 
  • Managing basic legal considerations 
  • Manage intellectual property (IP) considerations 
  • Final project presentations
  • What’s next? 

Applications

Applications for the Winter 2023 cohort are open until January 17, 2023.

Reach out to grace.ohara@dal.ca with any questions. 

Si vous souhaitez suivre le programme en français, veuillez contacter grace.ohara@dal.ca.

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