entrepreneurship@UBC has launched a Climate Venture Studio stream to support UBC researchers and innovators building breakthrough solutions to the climate emergency.
Leveraging entrepreneurship@UBC’s venture building experience and its network of business mentors and advisors, the Climate Venture Studio will work hands-on to identify climate-driven market opportunities, nurture high-potential climate solutions emerging from UBC research and help entrepreneurs build high-impact ventures.
Last year UBC declared a climate emergency, recognizing the gravity of the global situation and the special role the UBC community must play in finding and delivering solutions. In order to address this emergency, there is an urgent need for entrepreneurial thinking and action, new technologies, as well as accelerating proven climate solutions to market.
It is in this context that the launch of the Climate Venture Studio will help UBC researchers and students translate their research into impact, explore paths to commercialization and build companies that can help address the risks of climate change.
The Climate Venture Studio stream supports UBC researchers, scientists and founders working on scientific or technological innovations that tackle widespread climate challenges. Venture teams will benefit from participation in one of entrepreneurship@UBC’s foundational venture building programs, Lab2Launch or CORE.
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As UBC’s venture building and accelerator program, entrepreneurship@UBC has a long-standing track record of supporting entrepreneurial thinking and building game-changing ventures.
Alumni CarboNet is an oilfield water treatment provider specializing in sustainable, fast-acting and cost-effective water treatment chemicals.
ChopValue is a circular economy innovator, transforming discarded chopsticks into beautiful, high-value and long lasting furniture and home decor. Using distributed microfactories to further enhance sustainability, the company has already upcycled 26 million chopsticks.
The Climate Venture Studio stream is co-led by Dr. Shannon Bard and Paul Needham, Entrepreneurs in Residence at entrepreneurship@UBC who have decades of experience commercializing climate solutions and were brought on specifically to spearhead this initiative as part of the next stage of entrepreneurship@UBC’s growth.
Learn more about climate solutions and the Climate Venture Studio during entrepreneurship@UBC Immersion Week.