Meet SFU's Director of Entrepreneurship

August 24, 2015

Dr. Sarah Lubik, Co-director of Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU and Lecturer in the Beedie School of Business, has been seconded to the part-time role of Director of Entrepreneurship for SFU.

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Reporting to the Vice-President, Research, Dr. Sarah Lubik will play an integral role in the implementation of SFU's innovation agenda as the new Director of Entrepreneurship. Her mission is to create skilled, empowered students capable of creating new firms, organizational change and social impact.

In this role, Sarah will support the development and alignment of SFU’s curricular and co-curricular entrepreneurship offerings. She will assume leadership of the Venture Connection student incubator, with the intention to grow the program into an even more formidable resource for engaging the entrepreneurial community and supporting startups across the institution from idea through to proof-of-concept. She will also develop measurement tools to access the impact of SFU's entrepreneurial activities.

Lubik's industry experience and research point to diverse, complementary partnerships as a key to successful entrepreneurship. "In this role, I aim to bring together complementary initiatives and support the development of more interdisciplinary programs, making interdisciplinary engagement at all levels a calling card for SFU entrepreneurship," says Lubik.

Entrepreneurship and innovation skills are critical in a rapidly changing world. Ensuring that students obtain hands-on experience, work with diverse sets of people and skills, learn to meet real market and social needs, and access resources to move their ideas from the classroom into the real world is necessary for their future success, and for Canada’s.

"With all of the passionate and innovative faculty, staff and students coming together around a single vision, it’s only a matter of time before SFU takes its rightful place as a leader in university entrepreneurship," adds Lubik.

About Sarah

Sarah Lubik has had significant success in entrepreneurship program leadership and curriculum development. She led the creation of an interdisciplinary faculty council and community around entrepreneurship and innovation.  With this council, she spearheaded the development and launch of SFU’s new Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, an interdisciplinary collaboration between six SFU faculties.

Currently the co-director of Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU and a lecturer in the Beedie School of Business, Sarah has a decade of experience in university entrepreneurship, including her own technology start-up. 

After completing a BBA with honours at SFU, She completed a master’s and PhD at the University of Cambridge focused on the commercialization of advanced technologies from universities.  While in Europe, she was a business coach and project coordinator for pan-European projects designed to create networks of incubators and support start-up companies across Europe.

In 2014, Sarah was named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40.