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The Opportunity in Entrepreneurship with Derrick Hunter

Now Innovating

Release Date: 02/22/2022

Now Innovating: The Past, Present, and Future of Innovation at UCalgary show art Now Innovating: The Past, Present, and Future of Innovation at UCalgary

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In this episode we speak with Dr. Stephen Larter, UCalgary’s outgoing Associate Vice-President (Research and Innovation), and a Professor in the Department of Earth Energy and Environment in the Faculty of Science. Steve takes us back to 2004, talking about the state of innovation from when he first arrived at the University of Calgary twenty years ago to how the ecosystem has connected and grown. We also discuss what is currently happening in the innovation space, and what he hopes to see within the next five years. We also take the opportunity to get to know Steve better by playing a...

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Now Innovating: Moving and thriving with Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed show art Now Innovating: Moving and thriving with Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed

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In this episode, we speak with Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed, PhD, a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and director of the Health and Wellness Lab. Her research is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those impacted by cancer through the development of movement-based programs.   We learn more about her research in the with the ACE and EXCEL programs to make exercise part of standard cancer care. We discuss the development and operation of the , a social innovation which offers evidence-based exercise oncology programming for pediatric, young adult, and adults living with...

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Now Innovating: Improving Balance and Mobility with Dr. Ryan Peters show art Now Innovating: Improving Balance and Mobility with Dr. Ryan Peters

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In this episode, we speak with Dr. Ryan Peters, PhD, an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and His research explores the neural control of balance and mobility that has led to the commercialization of a wearable technology to support balance impairments in older adults, athletes, and astronauts.  We learn more about our neural systems and how they affect our control of movement, and discuss Ryan’s innovation journey, including the patent process and overcoming the fear of failure in academia.  This is one of two episodes this season spotlighting...

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Now Innovating: How 3 startups are turning the tables for the brewing, energy & life sciences industries show art Now Innovating: How 3 startups are turning the tables for the brewing, energy & life sciences industries

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In this episode, we speak with founders from three startup companies that were part of the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking’s inaugural Summer Accelerator cohort: , and . The is a 12-week program designed to help UCalgary community startups continue to build and develop their companies, validate their business, and leverage resources in the UCalgary ecosystem.  The three startups featured in this episode are comprised of UCalgary graduate students, alumni, and a former postdoctoral scholar. We will learn more about the research behind each of their companies, and the...

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Now Innovating with Parex Resources Innovation Fellowships show art Now Innovating with Parex Resources Innovation Fellowships

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In this episode, we explore the experiences of the Parex Resources Innovation Fellowships that provide resources for UCalgary faculty researchers to concentrate on innovative projects that positively impact society. This spans a wide spectrum, including technological advancements, social initiatives, and novel approaches to addressing complex challenges.  We speak with Belinda Heyne, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, and a former Parex Fellow about her innovation journey to advance a discovery, the risk she took to pursue a startup company, and how she has applied these...

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Now Innovating with LyfeMD and UCeed show art Now Innovating with LyfeMD and UCeed

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In our season 5 premiere, we are celebrating UCeed, a series of early-stage investment funds, backed by philanthropic support from the University of Calgary and managed by Innovate Calgary.  We speak with Lorian Taylor of LyfeMD, an evidence-based application to support diet and lifestyle solutions developed by health professionals. This social enterprise out of the University of Calgary has received investment from UCeed’s social impact fund.   We will also hear from Pete Santosham to learn more about UCeed and the impacts it has had in only three short years.  ...

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Now Innovating with Dr. Chris Hugenholtz, Thomas Barchyn, and the PoMELO Emissions Management System show art Now Innovating with Dr. Chris Hugenholtz, Thomas Barchyn, and the PoMELO Emissions Management System

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In our season 4 finale, we chat with Dr. Chris Hugenholtz, PhD, and Thomas Barchyn from the Faculty of Art’s Department of Geography. They are behind the technology and the research program for PoMELO, a vehicle-based methane emissions management system for the upstream oil and gas sector. They discuss how their research and technology for detecting methane emissions, a greenhouse gas, is an important step to help mitigate climate change. We also discuss their innovation journey and the decision to license their technology through the university versus creating a startup company.  ...

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Now Innovating with Dr. Viola Birss, Chengying Ai, Dr. Anand Singh and Solutions for Energy Transition show art Now Innovating with Dr. Viola Birss, Chengying Ai, Dr. Anand Singh and Solutions for Energy Transition

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This episode, we chat with Dr. Viola Birss, PhD, a professor emerita in the Faculty of Science’s Department of Chemistry and co-founder of SeeO2 Energy. She is joined by collaborators, Chengying (Arlene) Ai and Dr. Anand Singh, PhD, whose research with Viola has led to the creation of two start-up companies, Momentum Materials Solutions and BlissEarth Energy Research. They discuss how their research in electrochemistry and nanomaterials has led to applications that support clean energy transition, including the conversion of CO2 to clean fuels and chemicals, and green hydrogen...

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Now Innovating with Dr. Anderson Hoff and printed organic solar cells show art Now Innovating with Dr. Anderson Hoff and printed organic solar cells

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This episode, we chat with Dr. Anderson Hoff, PhD, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science. Anderson discusses how his research in new organic compounds and large-area coating of functional films has led to advanced printing techniques for flexible organic photovoltaics (or solar cells). He shares about the potential impacts of this technology for the energy industry and how it has started him on an innovation journey towards commercialization.  Learn more about . Learn more about the University of Calgary’s future-focused programs, world-class...

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Now Innovating with Dr. Sandra Davidson in nursing culture, practice, and education show art Now Innovating with Dr. Sandra Davidson in nursing culture, practice, and education

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This episode, we chat with Dr. Sandra Davidson, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing. As a registered nurse, professor, and creative innovator, she understands the important role Canadian nurses play in innovating for good. Sandra discusses the culture of innovation in the practice of nursing, and what nurses have to offer in the realm of health care innovation, and how they can become leaders in this space. Sandra also discusses the importance of continuous innovation in education programming and speaks to the graduate programs at the Faculty of Nursing and how they are offered online to increase...

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In this episode, we speak with Derrick Hunter, President and CEO of Bluesky Equities. Derrick is an active champion for entrepreneurial thinking, chairing the external advisory committee of the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking and a member of the external advisory committee of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Calgary. He sits on the board of directors for Platform Calgary and serves on the Dean’s Board at the Haskayne School of Business. Derrick's dedication to entrepreneurship and the innovation ecosystem has been acknowledged through awards like the Management Alumni Excellence Award from the Haskayne School of Business in 2018. He was also named Canadian Angel Investor of the Year by the National Angel Capital Organization in 2019, and Technology Investor of the year by Start Alberta in 2019. Derrick shares his insight into the partnerships between academia and the broader community, discussing opportunities for entrepreneurship and measurements for success in the innovation economy.