What is Innovation OnBoard?

Innovation OnBoard is a FREE 6-month program filled with entrepreneurship seminars, workshops and a Dragons' Den-style competition. Our program fosters innovation utilizing engineering principles and offers a forum for building cohesive multidisciplinary teams, creating business plans and starting a venture. Innovation OnBoard ventures tackle real world problems faced and pitched by companies and innovators in British Columbia.

We are happy to announce 25 teams that joined the cohort of 2017.


All students are free to attend our workshops regardless if they have registered to compete. Sign Up for our newsletter to get the latest entrepreneurship resources.


Register your team today for a chance to network with BC entrepreneurs and win more than $10,000 in prizes and sponsorship.

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Innovation Themes

Our 2017 program focuses on three main themes in engineering: Health, Energy & Environment and Food.

Health covers a wide range of topics including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Examples include medical devices, implants and any form of technology that targets diseases or increases a patient's quality of life.

With recent developments in the field of cleantech, energy and environment are increasingly intertwined. Innovations in this field include energy storage technology, processes that convert waste to value-added materials and renewable energy.

Food security is an important topic globally. Entrepreneurship in this field include improvements in agricultural efficiency, strategies for reducing food wastage and innovative clean water technology.


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Frequently Asked Questions


The competition finalists will compete in a Dragons' Den style presentation in front of industry judges. The top three teams will receive cash prizes:

Blog and Media

Check out our Innovation OnBoard blog for the latest articles and media appearences

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About Innovation OnBoard

Innovation OnBoard is jointly hosted by the UBC Faculty of Applied Science, the UBC Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering and [email protected]


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