Lab2Market: Canada's Research Commercialization Program


Funding for Lab2Market (L2M) is provided by the Mitacs Accelerate Program.


Lab2Market - 2021 cohort

For More Information

Read the Program Information Package.

Find out more about the Lab2Market program.

Informational webinars will also be running Nov. 2 and Nov. 12.


The Lab2Market Program is designed to help researchers validate their ideas with the purpose of finding business/commercial value. The program is based on similar programs that have found success in other parts of the world, but with a Canadian twist.

Applications are now open for the third cohort of the Lab2Market program. This seven week online program delivered by Dalhousie University will fund and equip faculty members and their graduate students with the entrepreneurial skills needed to assess the commercial viability of their university-based research innovations. 

The program is looking for faculty researchers with big ideas who believe that their technology-based innovations can solve real world problems. Together with the full-time commitment of their graduate students and the support of mentors, teams will go through a program that provides the resources, training and guidance needed to take their innovations to market.


  • Applicant must be a graduate student (MSc or PhD) or postdoctoral fellow (graduated within 5 years)
  • Technology must be proven to be technically feasible (it doesn’t need to be implementable tomorrow; it just needs to be feasible e.g. don’t travel faster than the speed of light)
  • Technology must be the focus of the graduate student’s program
  • Graduate student must receive permission from his supervisor and funding agency to take 2 months to work on L2M full time (min 30 hours / week)
  • Please ensure that if you have recieved Mitacs funding previously, you have remaining credits and DO NOT have overlapping Mitacs funding during Lab2Market

Project Duration

Seven-week online program (kick-off March 15, 2021)

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

How to Apply

Complete the online application form.

For Questions, please contact

Applicants will be connected with a Mitacs rep as part of the application process.

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