Breakthrough UBC research discoveries are changing the world. UBC transforms bold thinking and new ideas into new products, policies and practices that improve lives around the world.

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 precinct

UBC Okanagan is building a community of thought leaders, idea generators and change agents to positively influence the economy and create unique opportunities within the BC Interior.

The master plan for UBCO’s Innovation Precinct is a dynamic, transformative environment that tears down traditional boundaries and serves as a catalyst for creative new partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration. Situated on a 50-acre parcel of land on UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, the UBC Innovation Precinct is a bold development with a vision to curate new ideas, push boundaries and enable ground-breaking new discoveries.

This leading research hub will provide exciting opportunities for the best and brightest minds to converge and solve critical challenges and test new technologies.