Dalhousie University has won international recognition for its work facilitating the transition of student and researcher innovations into commercially viable products and services.  

Its Dal Innovates program is one of two winners of the Deshpande Symposium Award for Technology Commercialization, awarded at the Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education in Ohio.

“It was a tremendous validation of the programs we’ve partnered to build at Dalhousie over the past several years to help students and researchers gain the skills and mindset to turn their ideas into innovations, and innovations into startups,” Jeff Larsen, Dalhousie’s Assistant Vice-President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, said in a statement.

Dal Innovates reports that teams going through its Lab2Market and Ready2Launch programs raised $4.2 million in private and public funding and created 83 jobs in the region. 

Dal Innovates is supported by donors, provincial and federal governments, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Programs are free to students and researchers in any faculty or university in Atlantic Canada and beyond.