Elicia Maine has thought and written a lot about innovation in her more than two decades as professor for innovation and entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University. It’s no surprise then that in July this year she was named the institution’s inaugural associate vice-president, knowledge mobilisation and innovation.

In this episode, Elicia talks us through a six-year study she co-authored identifying the four key pre-incorporation elements that indicate whether a spinout will be successful, and she explains why she’s a major proponent of professor’s privilege.

She also tells us about the various programmes that SFU offers and describes how her appointments at Innovate BC, the Creative Destruction Lab and the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre all add value to her work back at SFU.

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