Some members of the SFU VentureLabs® community that have worked with the program in accelerating their businesses.


SFU VentureLabs® Awarded Top Challenger in North America by UBI Global

February 26, 2018

By Ash Tanasiychuk

SFU Innovates program SFU VentureLabs® has been awarded Top Challenger in North America by UBI Global, the world's most extensive benchmark study of university-linked business incubators and accelerators.

The award is determined by The UBI World Rankings of University-linked Incubators and Accelerators 17/18. Defined by the rankings as “a university-linked incubation program that stands out from its peers due to its impressive overall impact and performance achievements,” the Top Challenger award is an honour to receive and reinforces VentureLabs as an SFU Innovates program success story.

SFU Innovates, the university-wide strategy that builds on Simon Fraser University's dynamic culture while strengthening the university's commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship, is built upon four pillars.

Under the pillar of Incubation & Acceleration - transforming ideas made in the classroom, lab and community into ventures that scale - VentureLabs is a business accelerator program that works with science, technology and innovation-based Canadian companies to scale up their businesses for world-class success. This is achieved by 'powering up' these ventures with the talent, technologies, and research expertise they need.

Ian Hand, executive director, VentureLabs, congratulated the team effort in attaining this recognition from UBI Global: “The results reflect the incredible cumulative effort and impact from all of the VentureLabs participating companies, their amazing founders and team members, and our serial-entrepreneur executives-in-residence, mentors, professional advisors, and accelerator team members.”

Simon Fraser University congratulates VentureLabs on their Top Challenger award.

They were officially recognized for this achievement at the World Incubation Summit (WIS18) in Toronto, Feb 22-23 2018. Contact VentureLabs to discuss how their team's experience, programs, and services can help your company accelerate to success:

SFU VentureLabs gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Government of Canada National Research Council and the BC Innovation Council.

For more about SFU Innovates and how you can get involved, please visit

About UBI Global

UBI Global is a Swedish-based data and advisory firm specializing in mapping, highlighting, and connecting the world of business incubation. Through a network of more than 500 member organizations from over 70 countries globally, UBI Global provides matchmaking, ranking, benchmarking, and research services to corporations and business incubation programs.

*SFU VentureLabs® community members in photo:

Front row: Jake Osbourne (Torus Biomedical), Tim Chen (Torus Biomedical), Allen Tain (Torus Biomedical), Diego Vanni (Curatio)

Middle row: Hellen Terry (Virtro), Jake Patrontasch (ClickDishes), Eunice Au Yeung (VentureLabs), Claire Peng (ClickDishes), Emily Yip (Venzee), Suvan Ramani (Bioconscious)

Back row: Corey Noakes (Optigo), Shahram Amiri (Torus Biomedical), Takuya Iwakami (Curatio), Shibo Yu (ClickDishes), Jonathan Bauer (ClickDishes), Blake Adam (Medimap), Amir Hayeri (Bioconscious), Caleb Buxton (DistillAnalytics), Ricardo Cacho (Bioconscious), JD Wang (Ampere), Victor Lesau (Cuepath)