SFU VentureLabs is part of SFU Innovates – SFU’s innovation strategy with a mission to engage SFU researchers, staff and students with our communities and partners to solve societal challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship.

As a world-class technology accelerator, SFU VentureLabs is proud to be part of the rich entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem at SFU, including

4D labs – SFU’s state-of-the-art core research facility for materials science and engineering

Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection – Innovation hub and incubator supporting early stage entrepreneurship across a variety of sectors

RADIUS SFU – Social innovation hub where students, entrepreneurs and social innovators work towards a transformed, sustainable economy

SFU’s Beedie School of Business – A dynamic teaching and learning setting with a reputation for producing global-class research for the knowledge economy

We also partner with other university, government and industry partners to support innovation, entrepreneurship and business acceleration.

Innovate BC

Innovate BC (formally the BC Innovation Council or BCIC) is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia, Canada, which funds entrepreneurial support programs in the province. Innovate BC focuses on the support of technology startups and entrepreneurs through programs, sponsorship and competitions that facilitate technology commercialization. Innovate BC is the province’s primary agency company growth, resulting in jobs, increased revenue and economic development through technology and innovation.


The National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is Canada’s premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). NRC IRAP’s Mission is to stimulate innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada and our Vision is to be a leader in supporting the development of new technologies and their successful commercialization in a global context. For over 60 years, the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) has been stimulating wealth creation for Canada through technological innovation. This is accomplished by providing technology assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises at all stages of the innovation process, to build their innovation capacity. NRC-IRAP helps small and medium-sized enterprises understand the technology issues and opportunities and provides linkages to the best expertise in Canada

Women Enterprise Knowledge Hub

SFU VentureLabs is the BC Regional Hub for WEKH, one of nine regional hubs across the country. SFU and VentureLabs® will coordinate regional activities, collaborating with the strong and vibrant BC women entrepreneurship ecosystem to provide a regional perspective and support to this national initiative. The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) is a national program designed to understand and address the needs of diverse women entrepreneurs across regions and across sectors. WEKH is led by Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute and Ryerson’s Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and the Ted Rogers School of Management and focused on co-creating knowledge to advance effective practices to support women entrepreneurs.

Incubate Innovate Network of Canada (I-INC)

The Incubate Innovate Network of Canada (I-INC) is a pan-Canadian, internationally connected network of high-performance university-linked accelerators and incubators. I-INC creates an ecosystem for the efficient commercialization of University based and science and technology-enabled innovation. I-INC was founded in 2014 by Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) with the support of the Canada Accelerator Incubator Program (CAIP), delivered by the National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), which awarded funding to best-in-class Canadian accelerators and incubators.

I-INC does not replace the local incubation and accelerator programming and services of the partner institutions. Each institution must develop and deliver programming the meets local and regional needs, assets and strengths. Rather, I-INC provides access to services and networks that would not be possible to support effectively at any one institution in Canada including; access to world class national and international partners, unparalleled access to matching operating funds, top program leaders and mentors, industry-leading best practices and the world class programming and services to ensure entrepreneur and venture development and scale-up success.


SFU VentureLabs is part of the China Canada Commercialization and Acceleration Network (C2CAN), whose mission is to connect technology companies with the resources and capital necessary to scale and succeed in China and Canada.  C2Can can offer international soft landing assistance, including access to incubator facilities, business training, angel investors and venture capital.  Canadian companies specializing in cleantech, sustainable energy & advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, information technology and software are welcome to apply to C2CAN to explore the China market and to establish new business relationships through a business development trip hosted by C2CAN in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. Selected Canadian companies may be eligible for I-INC Business Development Travel Assistance funding.   If this sounds like a potential fit for your company as you plan to scale, please contact the C2Can team at info@c2can.com.

Zone India

Zone Startups India is a collaboration between BSE Institute LTD. (a subsidiary of the Bombay Stock Exchange), SFU, Ryserson University, and Ryserson Futures Inc., to create the first Canadian-led international incubator and accelerator in India.  Zone Startups India provides hands-on strategic and tactical guidance for startups looking to drive market validation and customer acquisition, as well as access to investors, corporate partners, and advisors. They offer an innovation consulting practice that lets corporate clients explore and embrace new ideas and technologies alongside leading-edge startups. For high-potential startups, they can provide seed capital and support for future financing efforts.


VANTEC is a group of angel investors who want to support promising BC-based entrepreneurs in technology ventures with angel investment, advice and connections. Since 1999 they have been hosting monthly angel investment meetings where 8-12 early stage companies present their business and investment opportunity to an audience of angel investors. VANTEC is often the first investor community where startups pitch.

Female Funders

Their mission is to increase diversity in the investment and tech ecosystems by empowering female leaders to become investors. Demystifying the path to becoming an investor is an important first step. Through education, access to investment opportunities, and a global community, Female Funders is giving women the tools to become early-stage investors — and ultimately shaping the future of funding.


eFund was founded with the goal to achieve consistently higher returns and more exits from angel investments. By investing in promising BC startups that solve global problems, eFund supports the local knowledge economy and accesses returns from global markets. By investing via teams, eFund is able to do better due diligence, by leveraging the domain expertise of their investors and by providing post investment advice and connections to the companies invested in.


Founded in 2000, Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest angel investor network with 1,400 accredited investor members throughout 50+ chapters on 3 continents. Keiretsu Forum Members collaborate in the due diligence of presenting companies, but make individual investment decisions, with the Northwest region having invested over $240M in 350 companies to date. Keiretsu Forum Members benefit from quality deal flow, angel investor education, social opportunities, charitable giving, and association in a worldwide community of diverse and powerful professionals.

Startup Canada

Startup Canada is the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s 3.5 million entrepreneurs. Since launching in 2012, Startup Canada has grown to represent more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots communities from coast to coast to coast. Through digital programs and flagship events, Startup Canada is the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations.


MITACS supports national innovation by coordinating collaborative industry-university research projects with human capital development at their core. Since 1999, Mitacs has been promoting academic-industrial R&D while supporting the development of future innovation leaders. Mitacs has developed a proactive and successful approach to supporting innovation, both directly through collaborative R&D and indirectly through long-term development of skilled human capital. In particular, Mitacs, helps companies identify their innovation needs and matches them with academic expertise; fosters cutting edge research tied to commercial outcomes, builds international research networks, creating innovation leaders in Canada and abroad, and, provides professional and entrepreneurship skills training for graduate students, so they have the tools to meet emerging innovation needs.


NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence


The University of Victoria (UVic), one of Canada’s leading universities, is a rich and supportive learning community that is commemorating its 50th anniversary in 2012-13. Widely recognized for excellence in research and creativity, inspired teaching and civic engagement, UVic provides innovative programs and real-life learning experiences in a diverse and welcoming West Coast environment. The university has become an international leader in fields including oceans and climate, society and health, global change and sustainability, Indigenous and cultural studies, matter and energy, and genomics and proteomics. Serving more than 20,000 students from around the world, UVic is consistently ranked one of Canada’s top research universities by Re-search InfoSource. UVic supports innovation, knowledge mobilization, entrepreneurship and business incubation through programs and services such as the Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization department and the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE)


With innovative programs, world-class training and tools, and engaging instructors with deep expertise in their field, BCIT helps shape students into the next generation of industry leaders. BCIT offers many services to businesses and organizations to improve employees’ skills and knowledge through corporate training, analyze businesses through a student consulting project, increase productivity with a student intern, or fill job openings with qualified candidates for organizations.

Emily Carr

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a learning community devoted to excellence and innovation in Visual Arts, Media Arts, and Design. Emily Carr’s vision is to be a worldwide centre of excellence in art, design and media education and research. Emily Carr University of Art + Design formerly known as the Vancouver School of Art, was established in 1925.