What is Innovation OnBoard?

Innovation OnBoard is the premier start-up competition at UBC supported by [email protected] We bring together industry experts in Health and Energy/Environment sectors and collect real-world challenges faced by companies and organizations in British Columbia. We then match student participants with industry experts and allow them to choose problems of interest. Simultaneously, we invite students to attend bi-weekly workshops on entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and pitching. The program ends in a Dragons' Den-style competition where ventures compete for cash prizes and exclusive spots at accelerators.


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.


Innovation OnBoard Organizers


Sponsors and Community Supporters


Innovation OnBoard Mentors


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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Competition - Finals | Dragons’ Den style face-off before a panel of judges. Six come in but only three will be rewarded. RSVP

Key Partners

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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