Dr. Tarek Sadek, an experienced commercialization leader, will share his views on the challenges involved in starting a technology-based new venture. He will explain how students can successfully commercialize their graduate research, start their company, and become their own boss. The key to a successful commercialization lies in the ability to communicate the unique value proposition to a wide variety of audience: investors, governmental funding agencies, potential customers, and team members. Workshop participants will learn how to formulate a research idea into a business idea while highlighting the unique value proposition to different stakeholders in a concise and an effective way.
Bio: Dr. Tarek Sadek is the director of the entrepreneurship education programs and business development at the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CEIE) at Ryerson University. In his role, Tarek is responsible for the curricular and extracurricular entrepreneurial activities at the faculty, especially the implementation of the undergrad specialization in entrepreneurship and the Masters of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Furthermore, Tarek is leading the business development activities at the centre with the purpose of augmenting the regional ecosystem with all the resources needed to support the regional start-ups. Tarek also works closely with Ryerson Engineering students who are interested in starting their own businesses, helping them access different resources inside and outside Ryerson. Before this, Tarek was the Director of the Launch Zone at Ryerson University, the student and community focused space of the DMZ. Tarek took the lead in creating a collaborative, multidisciplinary space with robust entrepreneurship/ innovation programming for students wishing to engage in entrepreneurial learning and/or starting up their own ventures. Tarek received his PhD from McMaster University in establishing entrepreneurial ecosystems around Canadian universities. His interests include the academic entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education, commercialization of University research, and promoting entrepreneurial mindset among Canadian youth. Prior to that, Tarek was the Enterprise Development Manager at Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation (XCEEi) at McMaster University. Tarek also spent two years as a visiting scientist at Xerox Research Centre of Canada at Mississauga.