Blair Simonite (Director – e@UBC) on the University’s Role in Kickstarting Businesses!

Blair Simonite is a technology industry executive with over 30 years of operational and financial management experience building growth foundations for firms ranging from tech startups to multinationals. He is the Program Director for Entrepreneurship at UBC (e@UBC) and is an instructor at the UBC Sauder School of Business within the Entrepreneurship and Innovation track. e@UBC aims to help innovative UBC faculty, staff, students and alumni to create viable commercial and impact ventures.

Check out our conversation below!

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • Blair’s role in creating a repeatable model for coupling science-based ventures with a solid business foundation
  • Why university incubators are an important addition to for-credit courses to help get ideas/ventures off the ground
  • What it takes to get Seed funding and the things the program looks for specifically in ventures
  • Why Blair would start a company if he could go back to his twenties!

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