Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiatives

NeuroSphere works with other groups at McGill and collaborates with external programs to promote innovation and encourage researchers to consider translational projects. Strategies that NeuroSphere employs include:

  • Organizing workshops and training sessions for the McGill neuroscience research community to allow both faculty members and trainees to develop skills, expertise and experience related to innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Offering scholarships to trainees to allow them to participate to events and programs related to innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Offering awards to trainees to promote internships in neuroscience industry
  • Promoting connections between researchers to explore innovative, translational ideas across disciplines
  • Mentoring activities

Current Initiatives

Neuroscience LEAN Startup Program

The McGill Neuroscience LEAN Startup Program, presented in collaboration with the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, is tailored specifically for neuroscience innovators. The program is designed to take participants from the idea stage to developing and launching a viable startup, while immersing them in the world of entrepreneurship.

Scholarships to the Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Development Program (LSEDP)

Participants in this annual immersive and experiential training program learn cutting-edge managerial techniques and strategies to develop and grow an innovative business. Divided into 10 intensive two-day modules, participants gain more than 150 hours of relevant strategic guidance and instruction. The competition for this program occurs every December.

Past initiatives



  • Eight teams participated in the Neuroscience LEAN Startup Program:
    • 8 Bit Cortex
    • ARC (Activities for Reading Comprehension)
    • C-BIG Repository
    • MBrainBio
    • Nurau Inc.
    • NeuroNautilus
    • ePRS cluster
    • WALK-AI
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