The greatest innovations in history have come from people bold enough to explore possibilities and take novel approaches. SFU is built on this premise.
SFU supports students and faculty to address challenges in novel ways and apply creative solutions – in the classroom, in their research, in a work placement or starting a new organization or business.
SFU fosters an entrepreneurial culture that transforms ideas into action – beyond traditional business and technology entrepreneurs to include social innovators – all focused on solving global problems.
SFU pioneers 21st century approaches, which includes embracing new solutions in experiential learning.
• Dr. Bozena Kaminska, professor at SFU’s School of Engineering and a Canada Research Chair in Wireless Sensor Networks, developed new anti-counterfeiting technology based on researching the movements of the blue morpho butterfly.
• In 2008 SFU established Venture Connection – the first incubator for student entrepreneurs in B.C. SFU students have access to advice, training, networking and mentorship to bring their ideas to fruition. More than 3,100 students have participated, with support for over 120 early-stage start-ups.
• Through the Innovation Office at SFU, investors and organizations are connected with talented students and faculty to create new technologies, start-ups and spin-off companies. SFU has assisted, mentored or incubated more than 200 companies in the last 10 years. Successful spin-off companies include SaltWorks, Mobify, MetroLeap and Buyatab.
• The Bombay Stock Exchange Institute Accelerator Program provides opportunities for SFU student entrepreneurs to connect with mentors and investors in both Canada and India.
• Radius, established at the Beedie School of Business, supports entrepreneurs with new ideas about how society might work better. Working with EcoTrust Canada, Radius supported the establishment of Urban Economic Innovation to address the challenges facing cities in the 21st century.
• In 2014 the School of Computing Science at SFU established one of the first master’s degrees in Big Data, embracing the importance of understanding and utilizing large quantities of data to improve quality of life. SFU provides the computational power for storing and analyzing the data and has pioneered visual analytics as the best method for quick examination of complex data.
• The Digital Health Hub, based at SFU and working with partners in the health care system, uses advanced computing and research to build successful technologies and digital health solutions. The director of Digital Health Hub, Dr. Maryam Sadeghi, designed, built and brought to market an innovative mobile app called Moleskin to help users detect the onset of skin cancer.