Resources for Entrepreneurs

Resources for Entrepreneurs

Small businesses in British Columbia benefit from numerous federal and provincial programs providing support, education and undiluted funding to start-ups in innovation sectors. LSI is building an infrastructure to further streamline spinning off a new Life Sciences company.

LiNK – Life Sciences Network for Knowledge Transfer

While LiNK is based at LSI, we welcome all UBC entrepreneurs from the Life Sciences fields. For more information contact Elana Guslitser, Associate Director for Commercialization.

LSI is building on the experience of numerous researchers who have already launched successful companies, and, in partnership with numerous organization within UBC, such as entrepreneurship@UBC, CDRD and UILO, is developing a comprehensive network aimed at guiding you all the way from your new exciting idea to a startup with funders and customers.


Members of LiNK will benefit from the following services and resources, among others:

    • Entrepreneurship education: Seminars on business basics, intellectual property law, funding opportunities, and other business topics to help scientists navigate the business world.
    • Industry connections: Ongoing relationships with industry partners, presenting opportunities to share knowledge, shape research in industry-relevant directions, establish collaborations, and lay foundation for future licensing and larger investments.
    • Mentorship: One-on-one consultations with experienced biotech business leaders to provide business ideas and support to researchers.
      Scientific Advisory Board: Committee of experts to review and provide critical feedback on business technologies and implementation strategies.
    • Incubator Space: Dedicated lab and office spaces to support and bolster early-stage spinoffs.
    • Seed Fund: Capital to launch new business ventures that will also be leveraged to raise government funding for further research and, in some cases, venture capital funding.
    • Business development: Assistance in connecting entrepreneurs with the relevant industry partners, investors and clients, and in developing business plans, marketing strategies, and negotiations.


The Ecosystem Services, Commercialization Platforms and Entrepreneurship (ECOSCOPE) industrial stream NSERC CREATE training program provides UBC students and post-docs with the skills needed to translate environmental sequence information derived from studying microbial communities in natural and engineered ecosystems into commercial and entrepreneurial activities. ECOSCOPE  increases capacity for highly qualified personnel (HQP) training in microbial ecology and biological engineering, allowing for team internships in start-up environments, and providing professional and entrepreneurial training to augment research skills and empower HQP to commercialize their innovations.

ECOSCOPE hosts both R and Software Carpentry workshops in the Life Sciences Institute during the academic year for students, postdocs and professionals. For more information on ECOSCOPE’s events, please visit their events webpage.