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Materials Innovation Lab: Fist Prototype

Materials Innovation Lab: Fist Prototype


The Materials Innovation Lab is designed to match materials and manufacturing challenges from industry with student capacity from advanced design, engineering, and technical programs at Vancouver’s universities and colleges.

Why is this important?

Over the past year, we have engaged with design educators, instructors and academics who have been struggling to find meaningful and impactful design and engineering projects for their students and student-researchers.

At the same time, our work with green economy businesses has revealed a need for better access to research, design, and prototyping resources for tackling circular economy challenges.

This project aims to strengthen circular economy research & development by matching real challenges from industry with researchers, designers, and prototyping resources in academia and the community.


Submit a Challenge

Submit your organization's circular economy challenge to be matched with R&D resources from academia.


Apply for a Project

Enter your class or program for the opportunity to be matched with an industry challenge.


Why is this the first prototype?

MIL-PROTO1 will start as a match-making program between industry and academia. Based on the outcomes from this process, we will continue to explore opportunities for expanding the Materials Innovation Lab to include additional research and development programming, such as:

Landing a materials innovation incubator or accelerator program
Developing a colocation hub for early-stage smart materials businesses
Building out an intern support program to help businesses employ emerging researchers, designers, and engineers to solve specific challenges

Interested in becoming a partner?

We are always looking for great partners for the Materials Innovation Lab. Let us know if you are interested in partnership opportunities, including opportunities to mentor, be a community connector, host an event, or sponsor.

Let us know!

Jesi Carson

Jesi Carson

1672 Arbutus Street / Reclaimed Design Showcase

1672 Arbutus Street / Reclaimed Design Showcase