SBN Venture Ready Program

October 19, 2017 6:00 pm - November 16, 2017 7:30 pm Dorothy Lam Boardroom, BC Cancer Research Centre

Launch your business.
Grow your network.
Discover alternative career-paths.

The SBN and the Discovery Foundation have organized a free workshops series featuring the fundamentals of starting and building a new venture in the life sciences. Aimed primarily at budding entrepreneurs, life sciences researchers and those looking to explore alternative career paths, the workshops build awareness of the current Canadian entrepreneurial landscape and resources available to those looking to start their own business.

Upon its completion, participants should be able to recognize the fundamental features of the entrepreneurial mindset, and be armed with the confidence to pursue opportunities either as own ventures or part of a bigger corporation.

What’s in it for me?
  • Provide a basic understanding needed to start and grow a business
  • Provide networking opportunities with like-minded peers in the life sciences community
  • Excellent mentorship opportunities with course instructors
  • An opportunity to develop your business planning skills

The course is free of charge and attendance is recorded at the beginning of each lecture. SBN members get priority into the venture ready program! You can purchase membership here. Attendance at all four workshops is required to obtain a Venture Ready certificate of completion and access to an informational interview with a SBN mentor coordinated by the director of mentorship.

Date Class

Oct 26

Topic 1


Dr. Bonjana Turic

VP Business Development – Medical

ELIX Wireless

Nov 02

Topic 2

Starting your own business

Dr. Goli Naghibi

Managing Director/Owner

Pharmalife Pharmacy

Nov 16

Topic 3

Investing Into Business


Farzian Aminuddin

Manager, Business Development


Nov 23

Topic 4

Keeping Your Business Alive


Jon Jafari

Senior Director, Business Development



Schedule may be subject to minor changes.


Deadline for applications is EOD October 6th, 2017.

Successful applicants will be contacted via email by October 12th, 2017.

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