Collide Hub Inc. is a start-up company founded by two Schulich alumni, Nafisha Budhwani and Tiberiu Scrieciu. Collide Hub is an online platform that enables entrepreneurs to connect, network, collaborate and share resources. Through York University's partnership with Collide Hub, we are creating the LaunchYU network.

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ventureLAB is the York Region's Regional Innovation Centre.?Through?its Delivery Proises of Mentoring, Partnering, and Connect, as well as its flagship program BUILD,??ventureLAB helps entrepreneurs build high-growth, innovative, scalable businesses. ventureLAB has partnered with York University to bring the Begin and Educate portions of the BUILD program on campus, to accelerate high potential startup companies engaged in the LaunchYU program.

York Entrepreneurship Development Institute

York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI) is an organization focused on accelerating innovative small businesses and not-for-profit organizations, through the delivery of its intensive program which incorporates lecture-based learning, seminar training, deliverable milestones, peer workshops, and mentorship by subject matter experts. YEDI has partnered with York University to deliver their program for student and youth entrepreneurs and to accelerate high potential start-up companies engaged in the LaunchYU program.

MaRS Innovation

MaRS Innovation is the official commercialization agent for the intellectual property created by its 15 members. Technologies disclosed to us span therapeutics, medical devices and diagnostic imaging, information and communications technologies, and advanced manufacturing and clean technologies. MaRS Innovation has partnered with York University to support and educate entrepreneurs who are part of the LaunchYU program.

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Kingbridge Centre & Institute is a unique residential Conference Centre and full-service hospitality venue designed specifically for leaders who want to work with their teams to expand their thinking and inspire change. Kingbridge has created a specialized place where the focus is solely dedicated to meeting and learning. Kingbridge has partnered with York University to host and support entrepreneurial events throughout the LaunchYU program.

Ontario Centres of Excellence

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses, by co-investing with industry?to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s publicly funded colleges, universities and research hospitals. Funding for LaunchYU has been made possible by the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program managed by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.


The Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs ?The Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs was created to bring together the various resources for entrepreneurs, so you don’t have to search. The less time you spend finding and accessing programs and services, the more you can focus on “the business of running a business”.

Funding for LaunchYU has been made possible by the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program supported by the Government of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy, in addition to matching contributions made by York University and its project partners. The OCEA funding is managed by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.




Executive Committee

Robert Haché, Vice-President, Research & Innovation – Chair
Ray Jayawardhana, Dean, Faculty of Science
Janusz Kozinski, Dean, Lassonde School of Engineering
Janet Morrison, Vice-Provost, Students
Harvey Skinner, Dean, Faculty of Health

Advisory Committee

Lisa Gilbert, Managing Director, Kingbridge Centre and Institute
Jeremy Laurin, President & CEO, ventureLAB
Nick Lebesis, Co-Founder, Network Flow
Marat Ressin, Executive Director, York Entrepreneurship Development Institute
James Watke, Dean, Applied Research & Innovation, Seneca College

Advisory Committee - Observers

Martin Croteau, Director, Academic Entrepreneurship, Ontario Centres of Excellence
John Fielding, Regional Director, Business Development, Ontario Centres of Excellence


Our Team

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Sarah Howe, MBA, RTTP
Director, Innovation York
(416) 736 2100 ext. 20579

Sarah is the Director of Innovation York, the commercialization and industry liaison office for York University. Prior to joining York, Sarah worked as a Contracts Coordinator and then a Business Development Officer at The Hospital for Sick Children. Sarah is responsible the strategic direction and day to day operation of Innovation York, as well as supporting all four service streams. She has an MBA in technology and innovation management. Sarah is the former Chair of the Canadian Licensing survey and Associate Vice-President, Canada for the Association of University Technology Managers.


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Nilay Goyal, MBA
Entrepreneurship Manager
(416)?736 2100 ext. 20595

Nilay is the Entrepreneurship Manager at York University and manages York University’s Entrepreneurship program: LaunchYU. Previously, Nilay was the Founding Associate Director of the Creative Destruction Lab accelerator at University of Toronto, he founded the semiconductor verification product division at e-Infochips Inc. and led its acquisition by Cadence Design Systems, and led the Canadian operations for SkyQuest Technology Group, a global IP-based accelerator, research & investment bank. He has also worked as a management consultant in various industries including technology, healthcare and fashion and luxury goods. He has worked with various startups while helping them with their long term strategy, fund raising, and scaling operations./