SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of industrialization, techological innovation and resilient infrastructure in building back better and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Dalhousie’s strengths in innovation and entrepreneurship facilitate opportunities for collaboration between companies and university researchers and help drive the commercialization of research.

High-impact research

Where Ideas Meet Impact: Analytical toxicologist builds startup to help firefighters manage risk of carcinogen exposure

With support from Dal Innovates, PureSpire Biomonitoring Technologies founder Dr. Crystal Sweeney aims to develop products that make a critical difference in reducing risks associated with occupational carcinogen exposure in firefighters.
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Dal researchers discover material that can boost battery life in laptops and other devices and prevent idle power loss

Researchers at Dalhousie University have identified an alternative to the tape used in commercial lithium-ion batteries that almost entirely prevents the power sources in laptops and other devices from losing their charge when sitting idle.
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The right tool for the job: Catalyst earns Dal chemist Governor General’s Innovation Award

Dr. Stradiotto’s game-changing research resulted in the development and commercialization of the DalPhos – short for Dalhousie Phosphine – family of ligands which addresses important challenges in the creation of pharmaceuticals and has earned him collaborations with global industrial partners.
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Idea to Impact: Fisheries tech start‑up catches resources and talent at Dalhousie

Nova Scotian tech start-up Katchi aims to revolutionize commercial fishing with a precision fish harvesting system that has no contact with the ocean floor. It’s a mission that Dalhousie has supported with programs, resources and talent.
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Dal researchers help Rwanda contain lethal virus outbreak threatening country’s economy

The mosquito-borne Rift Valley Fever Virus was spreading rapidly through Rwanda. Dr. Kelvin and his research fellow, Dr. Pacifique Ndishimye launched multiple studies and initiatives to assess the efficacy of the current RVFV vaccine for cattle, build a better vaccine and determine how the disease actually affects the immune system prior to death.
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This Dal researcher helped Nova Scotia supersize its wild blueberry industry

Dr. David Percival has earned a spot as one of three finalists of a Public Impact Award presented by Research Nova Scotia for his research and collaboration with industry that has resulted in wild blueberry production in Nova Scotia quadrupling to more than 400 million pounds annually.
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Exceptional student experience

Entrepreneurship and Innovation skills are not just for business students

The Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation has been designed to provide students from any participating Faculty at Dalhousie University with knowledge, skill and mindsets related to the foundational concepts (entrepreneurship and innovation) and the capacity to translate these outcomes to any future workplace or new business venture.

Develop as a leader with skill and creativity

Dal's Management program is designed to be flexible, open to your creative and varied interests, but built on a foundation of key management concepts like leadership, marketing, organizational behavior, and innovation. We want you to have the freedom to find careers that excite you.

Drone tech for farmers: One student’s journey in taking an idea from the lab to the marketplace

With a shared vision to help farmers produce more food, more sustainably at lower cost, Sabiha’s software aligns with the industry’s push toward automation. Equipment like self-driving tractors that work day and night is just the beginning. Read more in Dal News

African Nova Scotian women entrepreneurs to share experiences at Dalhousie Promise Scholars event

Presented by the Faculty of Management through the Promise Scholars program, the panel discussion creates much-needed space for conversations about women of African descent in business.
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Sibling success: Dal brother‑sister duo win top spot in global innovation competition

A brother and sister team from Dalhousie won first place at the global finals of the World’s Challenge Challenge (WCC) for pitching an app that serves as a one-stop safety solution for victims of intimate partner violence.
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Civic university with global impact

A push to pivot: Dal Innovates helps startup shift to meet the demands of a global market

Startup Zen Electric pivoted their business strategy after Dal Innovates mentors encouraged them to double down on the unmatched Dalhousie battery science that powers their product.
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Growing the ocean economy through artificial intelligence and machine learning

DeepSense is a research platform headquartered in the Faculty of Computer Science. Its innovation priorities unite industry, academia, and government in an effort to boost the ocean economy in the Atlantic region through the application of big data analytics.  

Disrupting the ocean economy

The Oceans Stream at CDL-Atlantic is at the forefront of Canada’s Ocean industry. This Stream brings together experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and leading scientists from around the world who are active in the ocean industry. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity.

How Dal Innovates is helping to grow and evolve Atlantic Canada’s innovation ecosystem

Launched in 2020, Dal Innovates works with students across Atlantic Canada and beyond to inform and inspire the next generation of innovators. Although housed at Dalhousie University, the hub offers innovation-centric programming for students and researchers from universities throughout the region, giving them a solid foundation to translate ideas and research into market-ready solutions.
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Open Dialogue Live event explores how Dal drives innovation and entrepreneurship

Dalhousie’s emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship in recent years has dramatically accelerated its impact on the innovation ecosystem. This streamed event, free to the public, addressed the question: what role does Dal play in driving innovation and entrepreneurship here and around the world?
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Foundation for inclusion and distinction

Commercial success: Dal Innovates picks up international award for helping researchers commercialize their innovations

Dalhousie received the “Deshpande Symposium Award for Technology Commercialization”  for excellence in empowering students and researchers to turn their research-based innovations into market-ready enterprises. Dal Innovates offers several programs free of charge to students or researchers at an Atlantic Canadian university or college.
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Supporting startups to commercialize and mobilize innovation

As a foundational component of the Dalhousie innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, the Office of Commercialization and Industry Engagement offers advising support to Dal researchers with the drive, commitment, and time necessary to start a company. Helping Dalhousie research community members transform their research into companies that sell innovative and life-changing products on the world stage.

An engine for audacity

The Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Dal Innovates) has had a remarkable 2022, launching new programs, supporting more participants than ever, and a complete rebrand. We’re grateful for all the amazing volunteers, mentors, participants, and ecosystem partners who make this programming what it is.
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