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Innovation Launchpad @ CUE

Innovation Launchpad @ CUE is a program for innovative student leaders, like you, to help advance your ideas into innovative solutions.

The program employs an objective-based mentoring process with a goal of advancing ideas into reality, and enabling you to tackle the multi-disciplinary world we live in. It prepares you to think differently, communicate effectively and, most importantly, build a network for gurus preparing you for success!

The program includes:

  • a series of workshops
  • expert sessions, and
  • dedicated support for our student leaders in this program.

The program is not limited to technical ideas only – any idea is welcome: apps, innovative recycling solutions, machine learning-based technology, a process, new product line, a public health-related idea such as training for cannabis use, etc.

The program will culminate in a showcase event where participants will present their projects and compete for a variety of prizes. 

Students are welcome to attend one or all sessions in this program.

All the events will take place in BMO-CIAR, AW125.

One-on-one mentoring

In addition to the workshops listed below, participants of Innovation Launchpad @ CUE will have access to one-to-one mentoring sessions offered by advisors.

Upcoming Sessions in the Series

Virtual Showcase Event – June 15, 2020

This virtual event will be a showcase of the hard work of CUE’s innovative student leaders, and will presented to a panel of expert judges from the innovation and entrepreneurship community in Edmonton for questions and feedback.

Date: Monday, June 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Google Meet

Event outline

2:00 pm – 2:05 pm Welcome and networking
2:05 pm – 2:15 pm Welcome message from Dr. Manfred Zeuch, VP International and External Relations
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm Student presentations and judging (up to 5-minute student presentations and 5 minutes for Q&A)

  1. Caw and Crow Curios – Presenter – Micah Crowfoot (BA 2nd yr)
  2. Earth La Garden; Presenter – Doreen Kumar (BSc. 3rd yr)
  3. Pneutrainer; Presenter – Mostafa Mohammad – BA (2nd yr)
  4. Galific Art; Presenter – Pawan Sobhri (MISSM 1st yr)
  5. Hydro Hope Farms; Presenters – Korah Anderson and Alex – BSc. (Env. science 3rd yr)
  6. JnCards; Presenter – Jason Neitsch (B. Mgmt 4th yr)
  7. Livezzy; Presenter – Divya Garg (MISSM 1st yr)
  8. WeedSafer; Presenter – Kimberly Burke – Graduate diploma public health
  9. Idea Nexus; Presenter – Amanda Borisow – B.Mgmt (graduated in April 2020)

Innovation Launchpad Showcase Prizes

  1. Most promising idea: $1000 cash (sponsored by CUE alumni association) and $500 worth of one-one mentoring sponsored by Take Roots Consulting Inc.
  2. Cash prizes: 1000×6 (sponsored by Institutional support for Entrepreneurial Education program of Alberta Innovates)
  3. Tuition credits: 500×2 (sponsored by Concordia University of Edmonton)

Innovation Launchpad Judges

  1. Nathanial Maeda: Nathanial Maeda is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta and Director of Technical Operations for Cognitive Projections that develops interdisciplinary cutting-edge AI/VR applications for education and healthcare, in addition to Chief Technical Officer for Click&Push that implements technology for improving accessibility of our public spaces. He is also an experienced Sessional Instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He acquired his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta developing a real-time simulation of the lumbar spine for integration in various clinical scenarios. 
  2. Sahr Saffa: Sahr is the founder of C-Tribe Festival — a community driven by diversity and helping innovative and creative people achieve their dreams. In less than 3 years the festival has grown to five days of innovative & creative programming, sixty speakers, 1000 attendees, and has exceeded $500k of measured, economic impact in 2019. He also works as the VP of Canadian Operations for a San Francisco Bay Area machine learning firm, AutonomIQ, that uses natural language processing, neural networks and search algorithms, and prediction algorithms to fundamentally alter the way software is developed, tested and maintained. He’s a serial entrepreneur and founder of multiple (failed) tech startups, including Cappsule (a video recommendations app), and Crux AR (an augmented reality app). Mr. Saffa sits on the board as the Chair of Communications of the Prairie Sky Urban Gondola project  that aims to add modern-day transportation infrastructure in the city of Edmonton. He is a former board member of Digital Alberta where he helped grow, support, and connect the digital community. Mr. Saffa is also a Global Shapers Alumni and Horasis Global Vision Community Leader. 
  3. Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard is the  Founder & Chief Strategist of Take Roots Consulting. With 20+ years of experience as a professional communicator, Stephanie has led teams in the private, public and non-profit sector.  Stephanie has developed workshops and training on topics from public speaking to communications planning, and fund development with several of her campaigns garnering international media coverage. 

Past Events


Contact either:
Isha Katyal, Manager, BMO CIAR at isha.katyal@concordia.ab.ca or
Mike Wade, Director, CAAI at mike.wade@concordia.ab.ca