We offer a hands-on, action-oriented, design-thinking experience.

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The Mentor2Market program provides an environment for ventures and businesses to build, test, validate and grow through:

  • One-on-one mentoring by industry experts
  • Connections to resources and service providers
  • Community networking and events
  • Access to funding opportunities
  • Physical environment including co-working space in the Kelowna Innovation Centre


This program will help entrepreneurs to build a business skill set, as well as test and validate research and business models with the intent to support the development of scalable businesses.


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Program Features

1:1 Mentoring Support

Get 1:1 mentoring from industry mentors, monthly real-time feedback on your progress, and open office advice by experts in law, intellectual property, finance, and accounting.

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e@UBCO ventures collaborate with UBCO Management, Computer Science, Engineering, and Media Studies Capstone teams to undertake special projects.

Capstone Programs

Access to Investors

Armed with a well-crafted fundraising strategy and compelling pitch deck, e@UBCO ventures receive introductions to Valhalla Angels, investors, and federal and provincial funding agencies, including NRC IRAP and Mitacs.

Funding Opportunities

Program FAQs

The non-negotiables

  • At least one team member must be affiliated with UBC as either a student, faculty, researcher, staff member, or alumni

Our ideal candidates

  • Coachable teams that are open to feedback, embrace collaboration and have positive attitudes
  • A serious commitment on behalf of the entire team to growing the venture
  • Ability to participate in all program elements, events, and coaching sessions
  • A compelling concept that is innovative, addresses a specific business, social, environmental or economic problem, delivers measurable impact and has the ability to scale

What you get

  • A dedicated mentor team based on identified needs
  • Priority consideration for eligible teams to receive funding up to $10,000 through the Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Impact Fund provided by the School of Engineering to match a Mitacs eAccelerate grant
    • This funding will support founders to work on the research and development of their technology over the summer as a paid internship, under the supervision of UBC Okanagan faculty
  • Opportunities to network and be part of an entrepreneurial environment
  • Guidance on navigating commercialization pathways and setting goals
  • Support in accessing resources, grants, and services
  • Access to Innovation UBC space (based on an as-needed basis, drop-in workspace & board room availability)

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Mentor2Market program (Winter Intake)

  • Applications are now closed for the Winter 2023 Mentor2Market cohort. Please stay tuned for the Fall 2023 cohort application announcement.