Graduate Student Innovation Scholars

Looking to add value to your graduate degree and to your research?

Join Western’s cohort of Graduate Student Innovation Scholars.
Receive a participation award of $500 and vie for pitch and business plan prizes!

About the Program

Apply your discipline-specific knowledge and develop expertise in entrepreneurship, commercialization and knowledge transfer with hands-on training.

The goal of the program is to teach graduate students how to generate value from a research technology. Program training enables students to connect novel, cutting-edge technologies with market opportunities, develop IP strategies, develop a strategic path forward to commercialize the technology and identify challenges of bringing novel innovations to market. Students develop a business plan and pitch the concept to end the program. A unique element of this program is it allows students to work on real-world technology projects.

View an example of the program syllabus. The Student and Faculty Acknowledgement contains a little more detail on the program and will have to be signed by selected participants prior to the start of the program and supervisor signature is highly encouraged but not mandatory – you can read it here.

Applications for Fall 2023 are now open!  Applications are due July 24th and interviews will begin the week of July 31st.

Apply your knowledge. Apply today.

collage of GSIS students

We Offer

GSIS graduates

  • Hands-on training in: Research Technology Review and Assessment, Market Research, Business Planning, Intellectual Property Strategy, Pitching
  • Mentorship and Networking Networking Opportunities

The Ideal Candidate

GSIS finale 2022

  • Western or Ivey Graduate Student from any discipline
  • Experience successfully achieving team goals
  • Eager to connect and learn from industry leading professionals
  • Strong writing and creative problem solving skills

A $500 award, one term of training
and a certificate of completion

Expertise in commercialization, entrepreneurship
and knowledge transfer

Prizes for the teams with the best
business plan and best pitch

GSIS certificate illustration

Applications for Fall 2023 are now open! 

Applications are due July 24th and interviews will begin the week of July 31st.

Fill out the application form and submit your CV and a 200-250-word statement of interest. In your letter of interest explain why you are interested in learning about entrepreneurship and technology transfer and how it fits into your career plans.

Contact Us

To learn more about the Graduate Student Innovation Scholars program or ask any questions or request a personal info session, please email


The Student Success Centre can provide help and support such as: help with your resume, CV or cover letter, interview preparation, career counselling for interest statement support. Learn more.

Program Content & Delivery

September - December 2023 | Conducted in person

Week 1 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet All
Week 2 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Business Plan Workshop Colin Macaulay
Week 3 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Commercialization Process & Tech Assessment Tristian Harrison
Week 4 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Market Research Colin Macaulay
Week 5 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. IP 101 Charles Boulakia
Week 6 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Investor Due Diligence Eric Morse
Week 7 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Go-To-Market Strategy Deniz Edwards
Week 8 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Financials Dave Simpson
Week 9 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pitch Workshop Eric Morse
Week 10 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Practice Pitch Sessions Eric Morse
Week 11 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Final Pitch Event All

Course topics, speakers, and order of presentation are subject to change.

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