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UNB Fredericton

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Learn how to identify and validate valuable product opportunies from your academic research with this five week program. Developed in partnership with George Washington University (GWU) and based on the I-Corps methodology created by the National Science Foundation, this targeted curriculum teaches investigators how to commercialize deep technology and develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

Goals of the program

  1. Experiential learning to help participants determine the commercial viability of their idea/technology
  2. Gain a deep understanding of customer needs based on first-hand evidence
  3. Develop a transition plan to move the technology forward to the market
  4. Enable faculty, researchers, students, and entrepreneurs to develop entrepreneurial skills and mind-set


The course consists of a 3-day opening session, weekly video conferences and course work, and a final 2-day session to present overall progress.

I-STEM will be running its cohort this fall 2022:

  • Start date: Oct. 25, 26, 27 – training with UNB I-STEM 
  • Weekly online meetings: TBD
  • Final presentation sessions: Nov. 22, 23

The I-STEM program is currently looking for talented researchers with ideas that they want to commercialize to be part of our cohort. Any interested researchers should fill out our application form to start the process. 

For more information please send an e-mail to the program lead, Dom Blakely.

Apply now