Edmonton Alberta Canada

Make a world of difference. Tell your story.

Register to pitch your business plan in any sector, location or stage. Startups, new ventures and SMEs looking to develop and commercialize novel agricultural, artificiaI intelligence, biotech, green energy, and medical technologies are the most common, but all are welcome. 

You are encouraged to apply and obtain free expert advice from members of our panel of 170+ business mentors and investors. Over 234 teams have pitched at our meetings and have given us positive feedback on their experiences. Our alumni have raised >$125M in the past 2 years. New and returning presenters and advisors are welcome to register below.

Register for our next meeting on June 22, 2021:

Presenters on April 22 include:

13:30 Advisor Introductions, Chair: Michael Overduin
Session 1 Chair: Val McCarty, Kudosee
14:00 Grant Kelba, Regenitech Canada
14:20 John Ralston, CEO and Founder, PROTXX Inc.
14:40 Michael J. Weickert, PhD, CEO, Pacylex Pharmaceuticals
Session 2 Chair: Ana Clementin, Health City
15:00 Barry Farquharson, CEO, Nova Green Inc.
15:20 Ty McKinney, Co-Founder, 8 Bit Cortex
15:40 Danika Kelly, Co-Founder, My Normative Inc.
Session 3 Chair: Kim Nguyen, Startup Advisor
16:00 Stephen Ferry, Director, Hermod Medical
16:20 Carlos Cervera, Medical Director Transplant Infectious Diseases, UAlberta
16:40 Coffee break and open discussion about building our ecosystem of support
17:00 Mathew Diggle, Founder & CEO,  TestNTravel

Schedule of our meeting on January 28, 2021

1:00-1:20 DiscoveryLab orientation and introductions chaired by Michael Overduin

Session 1 Chair: Trushar Patel, Associate Professor, ARRTI, University of Lethbridge

1:20-1:40 Pankaj Purwar, CEO, Farmer's Legacy Biotech

1:40-2:00 Steve Jakeway, CEO & Doug Abrams, VP, Medical and Regulatory Affairs, Reveal Medical Corp

Session 2 Chair: Michael Bosdet, TSGI

2:00-2:20 Drew Moxon, Finance Lead, Summit Nanotech

2:20-2:40 Rob Lavoie, CEO & Founder & Don Harfield, VP Technology and Operations, Airterra

2:40-3:00 Leanne Brownoff and Danielle Bragge, co-Founders, VR PATHWAYS

Session 3 Chair: Ana Clementin

3:00-3:20 Simba Nyazika, Lenica Research Group

3:20-3:40 Brian Bell and Sydney Hampshire, COO, Click&Push Accessiblity Inc.

3:40-4:00 Remant KC, RJH Biosciences

4:00-4:20 Discussion chaired by Sandra Spencer

Background on DiscoveryLab

DiscoveryLab is an open forum for academics, start-ups and SMEs to explore opportunities to commercialize new technologies and develop their plans to launch new products and services.

Michael Overduin and Cameron Smithers are at the University of Alberta, where they study proteins involved in signaling and disease progression; occasionally they have a bright idea to commercialize, and are looking to share their expanding network with like-minded colleagues.

We host open events each quarter where anyone can pitch their business plan in private to a panel of legal, business, marketing, financial and investment experts who give independent feedback.

Our panel of 150+ advisors offers $3 billion to invest, and there is the potential to attract significant support as well as practical advice and strategic guidance.

Anyone is welcome to pitch their idea and plan to scale their discovery to make a positive difference to society. Our events book up, so register soon and submit your executive summary to us confirm your slot.

Our next event is planned for June 22, 2021.

NANUC NMR chamber

NANUC chamber at the University of Alberta


1. building trust and mutual understanding to ensure sustainable and rewarding multi-party relationships,

2. identifying major challenges that require innovative thinking,

3. mapping out precompetitive spaces for open-source collaboration,

4. developing fair and reasonable intellectual property strategies for progression and scalable funding,

5. structuring and optimizing core activities and facilities for supporting innovation, and 

6. increasing data quality, reproducibility and decisiveness while eliminating unnecessary duplication and costs.

We welcome collaborators and partners who are interested in working together to support the innovation ecosystem.

For clarity, DiscoveryLab does not recommend advisors, but can make introductions. Each person and company has the responsibility of obtaining legal advice and performing due diligence before signing contracts or taking investments.


DiscoveryLab was initiated by Michael Overduin   and coworkers with a grant from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund awarded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Alberta Innovates, Department of Economic Development and Trade, and the Province of Alberta. , as announced at NANUC by the Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan in 2016.