University of Waterloo Commercialization Framework

Among the drivers of our successes at the University of Waterloo is our commitment to commercialization and entrepreneurship. Much of our activity results in taking research from foundational queries in our labs and classrooms to high societal, technological, and economic impact.  

At Waterloo, we are also committed to developing prosperity by and for our local region through commercialization and entrepreneurship. We have many start-ups born from our labs that have gone on to excel in their very own boardrooms. Velocity alone has incubated more than 400 companies since 2008, creating more than 5000 jobs. Our office is here to help you thrive on your commercialization and entrepreneurship journey. 

In the following sections you’ll find tools, resources, and opportunities that can help you develop your commercialization and entrepreneurship goals. To support a strong Ontario economy, the Government of Ontario has created a new agency, Intellectual Property Ontario (IPON), which will provide Intellectual Property (IP) knowledge, advice, and services to support innovators, researchers, businesses, and entrepreneurs in Ontario.  This agency was created under the recommendation of the province’s IP Action Plan.   

Under the Commercialization Mandate Agreement (CMA) framework, which developed best practices guidelines for technology transfer offices at colleges and universities, Waterloo has curated these helpful resources for you to consider. The proactive management and commercialization of IP for the socio-economic benefit of Ontario is our collective interest. I am personally committed to advancing these goals. We encourage you to reach out to us as you engage in IP and commercialization activities. 

Charmaine B. Dean, Vice-President, Research and International