Entrepreneurship Course For Graduate Students: Tech Entrepreneurship (APSC541/BAEN506)

Annually, we reach out with the goal of promoting a truly practical, experiential and real-world course focused on technology entrepreneurship.

Tech Entrepreneurship (APSC541/BAEN506) has been running for over 25 years and has facilitated many entrepreneurial ventures and realized numerous successful breakout companies such as DWaveZymeworks, and Recon Instruments – just to name a few.   This course pairs graduate business and APSC/STEM students to provide an experience-based introduction into the lean start-up process. It is a real-life simulation of the process that founders go through when starting a high-tech company. Students will be faced with the key issues involved in evaluating market opportunities, building a prototype, designing profitable business models, producing a solid business plan, raising capital, addressing legal considerations and developing a winning team. Students will gain the skills and tools to creatively commercialize high-tech research into profitable businesses. Teams will be expected to develop credible pitches that will be made to industry professionals.  Some of these student companies go on to participate in e@UBC, the Hatch and Creative Destruction Lab.

The core of the course runs on Wednesday evenings from January to April; and there are 3 critical and mandatory preliminary classes that take place in November dedicated to team formation (November 13, 20 and 27 – 6pm).  The course is taught by a team of business and STEM/APSC instructors for a well-rounded business and technical perspective.

The course has an application process for admission as it is very competitive, with deadlines and rolling admission in early August, September and November. Further details regarding the course are available at http://blogs.ubc.ca/baen506apsc541techentrepreneurship/ (please note that this URL has changed from last year).

We have had strong interest from your faculty in the past, and would greatly appreciate your support to promote the course amongst your graduate students.

To further support this message, we would be pleased to arrange an info session at a time that is convenient for your faculty – to hear from course lecturers, former students and/or now successful entrepreneurs who participated in the course.

Please let us know how we can support your promotion of this course, and feel free to contact us should you require any further information.  We will follow-up by phone in the near future.

Warmest Regards


DJ (David) Miller
Sauder School of Business


GPS Update: Business Writing + Time Management (Mitacs Training) + more!

UBC is conducting its annual tuition consultation about proposed tuition fee increases. Learn more and join the conversation at consultations.students.ubc.ca

Registration is now open for:

Business Writing for Today’s Professional (Mitacs Training)| Wed., Oct 30 | 9 am  – 5 pm | Register here

Time Management (Mitacs Training)| Thur.,  Oct 31 | 9 am – 5 pm | Register here

 There are still seats remaining in this week’s:

Career Planning & Job Search Strategies | Tues., Oct 22 | 12 – 1:30 pm | Register here

Scholarship and Award Opportunities: CGS-M Masters (for 4th year undergrads or 1st year research-based Masters)| Mon., Oct 28 | In-Person: 10 am – 12 pm  | Webinar:  1:30 – 3pm

 Check out community.grad.ubc.ca for these, and other, opportunities: 

Academic Support and Success

Literature Reviews: “Analyzing (with NVivo)” | Oct 29 | 10 am – 12 pm

Introduction to “R” for statistical analysis | Oct 30 | 10 am – 12 pm

Lay Summaries: Writing Workshop | Nov 1 | 10 am – 12 pm

Applied Quantitative Methods (AQM) (yearlong workshop data science and machine learning workshop) – registration / application open now (with fees)

Career Exploration

Employers on Campus: Oct 28: Convergint Technologies  (5:30 – 7 pm) | Oct 30: PwC China & Hong Kong ( 6 – 7 pm)

Twitter: How to Win Followers and Influence People (Webinar) | Oct 30 | 11 am – 12: 30 pm


Learning Analytics Hackathon (Canvas and Course Calendar data) | Nov 2 | 9: 30 am  – 5 pm

Graduate Research Foundations: Skills for Respectful Research ( Workshop Series Nov – Jan)

Please let me know if you have questions.

Thank you,

Jacqui Brinkman, MSc
Director, Graduate Student Professional Development
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueum Traditional Territory
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802
jacqui.brinkman@ubc.ca | @ubcgradschool


Graduate Research Foundations: Skills for Respectful Research

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Graduate Research Foundations: Skills for Respectful Research (Graduate student workshop series)

This workshop series has been created by five graduate students to address a current training gap. The Graduate Skills Foundations Workshop series seeks to build the necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to do respectful research. Respectful research is grounded in the principles of reciprocity, action, and anti-oppression. It involves questioning our own position within systems we operate in and identifying our sources of power. It is finding the confidence and skills to use this power to make real change in our research and workplaces. It means addressing. Doing respectful research requires bravery. Building from our shared experience of being in graduate school (never an easy position), we ask you to bravely step forward and attending one or more workshops to learn (and unlearn) how to be a more respectful researcher.

Some of the learning (and unlearning) will be uncomfortable as we gain awareness of our own privileges and, maybe even, previous missteps. This unsettling complexity will be supported and challenged with care, accountability and compassion acknowledging that we are all in a process. Resources and support for further exploration will be available. Please visit www.isgp.ubc.ca/respect for more information about the workshop and to register.



Competition Announcement: Google PhD Fellowship

Google PhD Fellowship

The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding PhD graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science and related research areas. The fellowship provides full tuition and fees (enrollment fees, health insurance, books) plus a stipend to be used for living expenses, travel and personal equipment for two years, with possible extension for a third year. Recipients are also matched with a Google Research Mentor.

The application deadline for this opportunity is November 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm PST.  Note: Applicants apply directly to Graduate Awards; graduate programs do not submit nominations.

For more information, including application procedures and eligibility requirements (including eligible research areas), please see this link: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/google-phd-fellowship.

[Abstract Call] Nexus 2020 Graduate Student Conference

We wanted to ask you to please share the following reminder with your graduate students about an upcoming conference opportunity taking place at UBC in March 2020. Abstracts are due Oct 15, 2019.

The conference is attended by graduate students and faculty from across campus – and we hope there one or more of your students will consider submitting an abstract to present.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your time and help with this initiative.


Maya Lefkowich & Jennica Nichols, Conference Co-Chairs

Scholarship [in] Action | Lean in. Work Across. Act Out.  

Nexus 2020 Interdisciplinary Conference, Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program


Scholarship [in] Action

Lean in. Work Across. Act Out. 

This year, the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program is teaming up with the Graduate Student Society (GSS) and the Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) to celebrate dynamic graduate students who engage in public scholarship, solutions-oriented research, and/or knowledge translation.

In this one-of-a-kind conference, we aim to disrupt scholarship inaction by showcasing Scholarship in Action.

In an effort to increase the accessibility and applicability student work across disciplines, we are elevating creative presentation formats.

Conference Date: March 12-13, 2020

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 15, 2019

Submit an Abstract: Here 

More Information: Conference Website 

Contact Information: nexus.isgp@gmail.com 

Conference Location: UBC