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SFU Innovates is the university's award winning 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.

SFU is ranked as Canada’s number one university for innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and industrial application according to the World's Universities with Real Impact (WURI) 2023 rankings. The WURI rankings measure how universities contribute to society and highlight creative and innovative approaches to university research and education. 

By creating and mobilizing knowledge, nurturing partnerships, and harnessing the power of research and innovation, engagement at SFU becomes an instrument for change. We make space for new ideas and innovations to grow. 


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Moving Ideas into Action

SFU Innovates brings together one of the world’s most comprehensive continuums of programming and resources for entrepreneurs and changemakers—from interdisciplinary learning, early stage ideation and venture mentorship, to helping companies scale up. SFU offers programming at every stage of the innovation journey.

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Industry and community research partnerships

Bridging the gap to create innovations that benefit society.

SFU's Partnerships Hub (partner with us)

Technology Licensing Office (TLO)


SFU's Big Data Hub

Community-Centred Climate Innovation


Incubation and acceleration

Transforming ideas made in the classroom, lab and community into ventures that scale.

Coast Capital Venture Connection

SFU VentureLabs



Developing a mindset that applies creativity, adaptability and collaboration to solve problems that matter.

Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship

Beedie School of Business Invention to Innovation (i2I) Program


Social innovation

Developing emerging leaders and solutions for a sustainable, just and healthy community.


SFU Executive MBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership 

Community-Engaged Research initiative

Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Designation

SFU Innovates Leaders

SFU Innovates is supported by industry, academic, government and community leaders who are passionate about enabling the next generation of changemakers and entrepreneurs.

Dugan O'Neil
Vice-President Research and International | Simon Fraser University

Elicia Maine
Associate Vice-President, Knowledge Mobilization and Innovation | Simon Fraser University

Kamaldeep (Kam) Singh Sembi
Director & IP Legal Counsel of the Technology Licensing Office | Simon Fraser University

Sarah Lubik
Director of Entrepreneurship, Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship | Simon Fraser University

Shawn Smith
Director of Social Innovation, Co-Director of RADIUS | Simon Fraser University

Neil Branda
SFU Innovates Director of Technology Readiness & Prototyping, Scientific Director of 4D LABS | Simon Fraser University

Lesley Esford
Executive Director, SFU VentureLabs | Simon Fraser University