Edmonton Alberta Canada

Make a world of difference. Together.

Register to pitch your business plan or to apply to join as an advisor or investor.

Schedule for PITCHES ON OCtober 22, 2020

1:00 pm Introductions and opening
1:15 pm Jonathan Butterworth Business Development Manager ST Innovations
1:30 pm Martin Ferguson-Pell Principal Investigator Tele-Rehabilitation
1:50 pm Varun Pulapaka Cofounder phelix.ai
2:10 pm Steve Liang Founder & CTO SensorUp
2:30 pm Pierre Wijdenes, CEO and Claire Dixon COO Neuraura
2:50 pm Soushiant Zanganehpour CEO Swae
3:10 pm Ketsia Lombosso Engoya, CEO & Founder, BYBOCAM
3:30 pm Spencer Kerber Founder Bessie
4:10 pm Kevin Morin Medical Director Sunmor Research Inc.
4:30 pm Discussion and close

Background on DiscoveryLab

DiscoveryLab is an open forum for academics, start-ups and SMEs to explore opportunities to commercialize new technologies and develop their plans to launch new products and services.

Michael Overduin and Cameron Smithers are at the University of Alberta, where they study proteins involved in signaling and disease progression; occasionally they have a bright idea to commercialize, and are looking to share their expanding network with like-minded colleagues.

We host open events each quarter where anyone can pitch their business plan in private to a panel of legal, business, marketing, financial and investment experts who give independent feedback.

Our panel of 150+ advisors offers $3 billion to invest, and there is the potential to attract significant support as well as practical advice and strategic guidance.

Anyone is welcome to pitch their idea and plan to scale their discovery to make a positive difference to society. Our events book up, so register soon and submit your executive summary to us confirm your slot.

Our next events are planned for April 22 and June 24, 2021.

NANUC NMR chamber

NANUC chamber at the University of Alberta


1. building trust and mutual understanding to ensure sustainable and rewarding multi-party relationships,

2. identifying major challenges that require innovative thinking,

3. mapping out precompetitive spaces for open-source collaboration,

4. developing fair and reasonable intellectual property strategies for progression and scalable funding,

5. structuring and optimizing core activities and facilities for supporting innovation, and 

6. increasing data quality, reproducibility and decisiveness while eliminating unnecessary duplication and costs.

We welcome collaborators and partners who are interested in working together to support the innovation ecosystem.

For clarity, DiscoveryLab does not recommend advisors, but can make introductions. Each person and company has the responsibility of obtaining legal advice and performing due diligence before signing contracts or taking investments.


DiscoveryLab was initiated by Michael Overduin, Cameron Smithers and coworkers with a grant from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund awarded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Alberta Innovates, Department of Economic Development and Trade, and the Province of Alberta. , as announced at NANUC by the Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan in 2016.