Leaders in Innovation

It is a pleasure to share with our stakeholders – from students to community supporters – the many examples of innovation and entrepreneurship taking place on our campuses. The following are just a few of the innovation and entrepreneurship successes we’ve celebrated in the past couple months:

Innovation Map

On November 19, UNB launched the New Brunswick Innovation and Ecosystem Map, which was produced by Global Advantage Consulting and allows us to see where and how research and development takes place in the province. Understanding how innovation happens today will help New Brunswick secure a more prosperous future. As New Brunswick’s only national comprehensive research university, we have a special role in making New Brunswick globally competitive and creating economic opportunities. UNB excels in mobilizing knowledge and launching new sectors within our communities, such as smart grid and cybersecurity. The map illustrates the importance of partnerships between government, industry, and academia in fostering innovation and economic development across the province.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

UNB Fredericton’s Entrepreneurship Working Group celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week November 18-24. By connecting a vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers, and other startup champions in more than 170 countries, the week brought together more than 10 million people participating in 35,000 events. During Entrepreneurship Week at UNB Fredericton, students had the opportunity to navigate the start-up process and network with Fredericton’s entrepreneurship community through interactive workshops, speaker series events, and competitions.

I-STEM

The J Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management & Entrepreneurship (TME) at UNB launched its first I-STEM cohort in October to maximize the university’s potential to commercialize new technologies. We know that getting new ideas and technologies to market has significant benefits on a regional, national, and global scale, and thanks to ACOA funding announced this summer, I-STEM is helping our students and researchers do this even better. I-STEM uses a Lean Startup training program to enhance the ability of researchers and graduate students to bring their innovations to market. This highly experiential training program is being delivered in collaboration with George Washington University in Washington, D.C.