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Innovation UBC

The Research and Innovation portfolio is at the heart of Innovation UBC. This diverse, campus-wide network fosters entrepreneurial learning, and partnerships with industry and the broader community that transform research into new products, policies and practices to improve lives around the world. Innovation UBC fosters innovation through multiple pathways, including research partnerships, commercialization, knowledge exchange, and entrepreneurship. Learn more about our four pathways to innovation:

Research Partnerships

UBC’s partnership activities enable the university to share its research expertise, capacity and infrastructure with industry, government and non-profit partners to translate new knowledge into real-world applications.



We help translate research outputs, including patentable inventions, proprietary materials, and new technologies, as well as support the formation of new spin-off companies founded on UBC innovation.

Knowledge Exchange

UBC is a hub for mobilizing research into policy, practice, culture, and public dialogue for the benefit of society. We exchange ideas, evidence and expertise with collaborators close to home and around the world.


We help the campus community and recent alumni explore their startup ideas, build connections within the Okanagan innovation ecosystem, and develop the skill set needed to launch a successful new venture.

Innovation UBC Hub

Located at the Innovation Centre downtown, provides the UBC Okanagan community with space to connect and access support from Kelowna’s innovation network.

#203-460 Doyle Ave.
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 0C2

Questions about this new innovation space? Contact:

Sandra Spencer| Innovation Manager
Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation

Innovation Centre

Innovation precinct


A revolutionary new space for research and development activity in the stunning Central Okanagan valley. Situated on a 50-acre parcel of land at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, the Innovation Precinct will be a physical and intellectual hub for innovation and expertise.

A dedicated space where the best and brightest minds converge to solve critical challenges and deploy innovative new technology solutions.

Learn more

Factory of the Future

Integrating advanced manufacturing with basic and applied research, the Digital Learning Factory will feature a fully integrated suite of R&D facilities, academic and industrial infrastructure, and data-rich production facilities in place to lead an exciting revolution of advanced materials manufacturing and aerospace technology.

Akin to a teaching hospital, where research can be directly translated from theory to trial in a real-life production environment, the learning factory will be the first of its kind in Canada.

Media Release

Boeing Canada representative tour Innovation Precinct with MP Stephen Fuhr.