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Lab2Market Prairies (L2M Prairies) is a 16 week program to help researchers validate their ideas with the purpose of finding business/commercial value, and to then bring those ideas from lab to market. The program has been designed to help you succeed with access to:

  • $15,000 in funding
  • Training from innovation leaders
  • Mentors, industry experts and funders
  • A vast entrepreneurial network
  • The opportunity to access product-market fit

Who is Lab2Market for?

L2M Prairies backs researchers to help them validate their ideas - taking your idea from lab to market.

Applicants must apply in teams made up of:

  • Entrepreneurial Lead (main applicant) - A full-time graduate student (Masters, Ph.D., or Postdocs) who has developed, or is currently developing, tech-based university research.
  • Technical Lead (faculty member) - The principal investigator (PI) for the research project.

Why do we exist?

The Government of Canada has invested billions of dollars into applied research and the innovation economy. As a result, our nation has spurred great researchers and entrepreneurship programs from coast-to-coast. 

Despite this, the playbook for research commercialization is still sparse. The L2M program aims to change that by charting the path for research commercialization in Canada.

Program Timeline

Information about Cohort 5 coming soon!

Our impact

L2M has supported more than 116 research teams across 15 Canadian universities, with technologies ranging from 3D printed cell models to nanotechnology-based protective coatings to cultivated meats. With the success of these cohorts, L2M has attracted a variety of publications such as Betakit, Entrevestor, FedDev, ACOA and more.

I was trained as a scientist, but I always dreamed of starting my own business. There was a huge gap between my fantasy and reality, and Lab2Market built a bridge.
Hao Guo Dalhousie University
Lab2Market has rewired my brain to think more about customer pains & gains instead of the product feature. Understanding the customer's perspective has improved me as a researcher/engineer and enabled me to think beyond the technology.
Vinay Patel McMaster University

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Lab2Market Prairies

Room 410-100 Innovation Drive
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 6G2 Canada

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