Research Commercialization

A unique lab-to-market program by V1 Studio, Concordia University

A Pan-Canadian program to propel fintech PhD-led innovation

Are you a phD student who would like to commercialize your research project in fintech? 

Fintech Cadence is proud to collaborate with V1 Studio as a Fintech stream partner to help PhD-led innovation bring research to market through the Scientific Venture Program. This 2-year program is dedicated to supporting PhDs and postdoc candidates as they move their innovation beyond the lab and venture into entrepreneurship.


You must be working full-time.


Up to 24 months


Online and in-person

What you get

  • Financial Support
    A package that includes training, access to facilities, coaching, workshops and more as well as a $40,000 stipend, $40,000 stipend—all valued at approximately $71,000 annually.
  • Scientific Advisory
    You will be assigned a PI and an advisory panel to help you refine the technology that will be at the core of your venture.
  • Industry Advisory
    Get a curated team of experienced coaches and business advisors to provide you with game-changing market insight.
  • Structured Curriculum
    An online and in-person program alongside educational activities to propel you into the market.
  • Ecosystem Network
    Tap a global network of investors and experts through V1, Concordia University and Fintech Cadence. 
  • Resources & Facilities
    Receive access to space, meeting rooms, research facilities and more.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Recent PhD Graduate (within the last five years) or about to conclude their doctoral program in the next 6 months.
  • High proficiency in English.
  • Willingness to register or incorporate the startup in Canada.
  • The technology underlying the solution must be at least a level 4 on the technology readiness scale.

Need more info? Attend our Info Session.

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