Engineering Entrepreneurship

Engineers make a world of difference by developing new technologies and taking new approaches to solving a host of problems. On these pages you will find just a sampling of the ingenuity of UBC Engineering and its entrepreneurs—thought-leaders, utilizing proactive strategies to meet the needs of a global society.

Whether you have a knack for inventing, an idea for a business venture, or are looking for a network of like-minded people, UBC Engineering is a great place to develop your ideas. Our students, faculty members and researchers make important discoveries and advancements for society, the environment and the economy.

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Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Interdisciplinary collaborations are often key to success. UBC Engineering has close ties with both the University Industry Liaison Office (UILO), which has an international reputation for guiding UBC discoveries to the marketplace through patenting, licensing and company creation, and the Sauder School of Business, which is ranked among the top five percent of global business schools.

For example, the course APSC/COMM486 connects engineering and business students together in the same classroom in order to bring leading-edge business ideas to the marketplace.

Student Entrepreneurship Success Stories

UBC Engineering students take ideas from concept to market. Their spinoff companies exemplify innovative new ventures ranging from a product that allows homeowners to track electricity consumption to a safe landing pad for free-style snowboarders; from a device that allows the safe disconnection of plugs to an economical data storage system that provides high performance, security and reliability. UBC Engineers develop great ideas into tangible results—and create new business ventures along the way.

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View the Entrepreneurship Student Success brochure [1.5 MB PDF]

Entrepreneurship Courses

At UBC Engineering our students have opportunities to enrol in entrepreneurship-related courses and join new venture teams. These opportunities provide the content, experience and contacts that will help enable you to design and launch a successful new venture.

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Courses offered:

APSC 440: Management Fundamentals for Technology-Based Product Marketing and Development; Management topics are presented from the perspective of technology-based industrial practice; project management, marketing and marketing planning, product development and commercialization, introduction to quality management, teamwork and effective individual participation.

APSC 486: New Venture Design; Teams comprising students in APSC 486 and COMM 486 create a business plan and a prototype or engineering solution of a novel product, process, or process component.

APSC 512: Intellectual Property Management and Technology Commercialization; Nature of knowledge and intellectual property. Value creation through knowledge and competitive advantage of knowledge. Copyrights, patents, trademarks, and licenses. Negotiation of deals and contracts involving knowledge and technology transfer or commercialization. Market assessments and valuations.

APSC 541: Technology Entrepreneurship for Engineers; A broad introduction to the entrepreneurial process, for engineers who would like to form or grow a technology company, and those with a general interest in the field. Key factors of new venture creation are identified and evaluated.

Entrepreneurship Resources

Entrepreneurship UBC links

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