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Dec 2 | Demystifying Commercialization

A provocative micro symposium on what it takes to effectively commercialize research

Free: IQC 0101 from 11am – 3pm | Lunch & refreshments provided

Attention professors, researchers & students

Are you ready to commercialize your research? Are you unsure but curious about what it takes? Are you looking for funding? 

Find out how you can maximize your odds for success and turn your research into a startup at this Up Start micro symposium. The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Velocity and the Waterloo Commercialization Office (WatCo) will deliver all you need to know to effectively commercialize your research. This is an opportunity to connect with BDC Capital’s Deep Tech Venture Fund partner Duncan Stewart and technical director, Jackson Hamilton. You will also learn about new funding opportunities at the University of Waterloo from John Dick, director of Velocity campus and Scott Inwood, director of commercialization at WatCo. 

Throughout the day you can expect to hear about the following:

  • The journey from researcher to founder – a map of the steps needed to create a successful spinout company
  • How WatCo and Velocity help with this journey
  • How to be strategic with patents and other types of intellectual property
  • How non-dilutive funding plays a role in commercial development
  • When to raise investment from angels and VCs
  • Insights into how investors think – directly from the investors themselves
  • Common pitfalls to avoid
  • Commercialization myths and factual insights on what is required to spinout a company
  • An experienced view of what it takes to be a successful founder


11:00 am Session 1 

12:00 pm Lunch 

12:30 pm Session 2 

1:30 pm Refreshment Break 

2:00 pm Session 3 & Wrap Up

Register your attendance by November 25


Jackson Hamilton, BDC Technical Director, Ottawa

Jackson is Technical Director for BDC Capital’s Deep Tech Venture Fund, created in 2021. Before joining BDC Capital, he served as Program Manager – Security and Disruptive Technologies at Canada’s National Research Council. Previously, Jackson spent 13 years working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in various technical and management roles. He holds a Certificate in Innovation and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the University of Ottawa and Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa. Learn more about Jackson.

Duncan Stewart, BDC Partner, Ottawa

Duncan is Partner for BDC Capital’s Deep Tech Venture Fund, created in 2021. He brings extensive science and technology expertise to the team following his years of work in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining BDC Capital, he was Director General of the NRC Canadian national lab Security and Disruptive Technologies research centre from 2012 to 2019. Previous to NRC, Duncan spent a decade at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Silicon Valley, in the flagship Quantum Science Laboratory. 

Duncan holds an MSc and PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University and a BASc in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto. Learn more about Duncan.

Scott Inwood, Director of Commercialization, WatCo

Scott spent the early years of his career assuming business development roles in the chemical and then water technology industries, followed by a government liaison and program delivery role with the Ontario college network, and finally as a co-founder in a clean-tech startup company.

Since 1997 Scott has assumed progressive roles with the University of Waterloo’s technology transfer office responsible for intellectual property management, technology licensing and spin-off company commercialization activities. In 2007, Scott assumed the role of Director of Commercialization of the Waterloo Commercialization Office (WatCo) and has been responsible for significantly growing the University of Waterloo’s technology transfer capacity and building commercialization partnerships.

He has been an invited speaker on the topic of technology commercialization for numerous domestic and international audiences including The Conference Board of Canada, the US based Association of University Technology Managers, the Paris based OECD, the US State Department’s Hollings Centre, and other organizations in Israel, Europe, and China. Scott has served as an expert witness before the Canadian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology and is a regular guest lecturer in support of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s annual intellectual property educational program.

John Dick, Director of Velocity Campus

John is the Director of Velocity Campus. He oversees the operations of Velocity Campus programming on campus and is in charge of creating inspiring experiences for students who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. John also acts as a Business Advisor to startups in deeptech for the Velocity Incubator.

Before joining Velocity, John was a cofounder of Nicoya where he led its R&D efforts for 7 years as CSO. John holds a Masters of Chemical Engineering from McGill University and a PhD in Materials from the Imperial College of London. He recently completed his MBA from Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.

Limited seating.

Registration required. Free to attend.

Register your attendance by November 25

Location: Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), 200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1