Applications are open for Lab2Market Validate 2024!

Think your idea has potential? As a researcher, you may be curious as to if your idea has potential in the entrepreneurial landscape, but don’t know how to go about it. With Lab2Market Validate, you’ll be given the opportunity and space to explore the possibilities of your work.

The Program:

Lab2Market Validate, formally known as Lab2Market, gives researchers the opportunity to critically test and evaluate their idea in the entrepreneurial landscape. This carefully curated 16-week experience is complemented by funding, exercises, workshops, and mentorship from industry experts – all with exploration at its core.

The program will take participants through the process of unlocking the business potential of a research idea – from meeting customers, building a network, and most importantly, developing entrepreneurial grit. The 16-week program is a full-time commitment broken into the following phases: Pre-Program (4 weeks), Core-Program (8 weeks) and Post-Program (4 weeks).

The 2024 core program will run from January 30th – March 29th, 2024.


Lab2Market Validate is offered free of cost and is open to researchers (Masters, Ph.D., and Postdocs) in Canada, with the National Lab2Market Health Cohort being open specifically for those with Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Med-Tech, Human and Animal Health, and Health IT projects. The program will be run nationally, hosted by Dalhousie (Atlantic Canada), the University of Toronto (Ontario), and the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University (Western Canada).

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted through this application form. The deadline has been extended to October 6th 2023.

For more information on the program, visit the program website and click below to download program materials.

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