Innovation grants available for exploration and development of bright ideas

Are you a student with a great idea that will benefit society?

UFV’s Esposito Family Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (EFCIE) might have a grant for you!

The centre launched last year to support innovation in the Fraser Valley.

“We know that students often generate great ideas in the course of their studies,” says Dr. Jon Thomas, Director of EFCIE. “We want to help them take those ideas to the next level.”

The Innovation team grants will bring faculty mentors and students together and allow them to explore great ideas more fully. An innovation team will expand on initial student work, either by developing a working prototype or by assessing the viability of a proposed solution in a more rigorous manner.

Dr. Jon Thomas, Director of EFCIE

As part of this process, experts from the Esposito Family Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship EFCIE will mentor the student-faculty team in the areas of evaluating market opportunities and guiding validated solutions to society.

Grants will be dispersed in amounts varying from approximately $1,000 to $3,000, and can be used for travel (if COVID restrictions are lifted), materials, and research support for students.

The deadline for grant applications is January 31, 2021.

For more information on the Esposito Family Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and this funding, visit https://www.ufv.ca/innovation-entrepreneurship/ or contact innovate@ufv.ca

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