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The Life Sciences Fellowship helps research and technical talent transition into meaningful careers as entrepreneurs through funding, research and development infrastructure, and professional development support.
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The Life Sciences Fellowship program provides the necessary tools to help life sciences researchers develop entrepreneurial skills so they can navigate the commercialization process and create successful startups. These startups are driven by strong, emerging co-founder teams supporting viable technologies that meet a distinct and unmet need.
Through the program’s support, fellows will receive extensive entrepreneurial training and professional development programming, one-on-one mentorship from expert advisors, and access to lab space in the Life Sciences Innovation Hub. Each company will receive up to $200,000 in startup funding, including a stipend of $55,000 per year. The program gives rise to next generation research and business leaders and that can successfully bring a life sciences or digital health solution to market.
This program is supported by Alberta Innovates, Alberta Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Trade, Calgary Economic Development’s Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund and the Government of Canada (PrairiesCan).
Please refer to the Innovate Calgary external link at the bottom of this page
Startups must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
Applications are assessed for relevance to program focus areas (i.e., Life Sciences or Digital Health), strength of the solution (e.g., differentiation and viability of the technology), market viability, strength of the team (e.g., technical expertise, entrepreneurial aims, leadership), and strength of the initial plan for commercialization.
For specific questions related to the fellowship competition and application, please use the contact information on Innovate Calgary’s program webpage linked here.
Director, Health Innovation Talent
Current Life Science Fellowships intake is closed
Registration closed: January 30, 2021
Current Life Science Fellowships intake is closed. No new applications will be accepted at his time.
Open Date: Summer 2023