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Zones Grises: The Journey From Researcher to Innovation Leader

Ep. 1 The Hidden Heroes: Guiding Researchers Beyond Their Comfort Zone

Date & time
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free


V1 Studio


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


How is scientific entrepreneurship and innovation done in Québec?

Researchers are seeking to have an impact beyond academia and they want to work on solving problems for society and in the marketplace. Another movement is taking place in Québec's innovation ecosystem, as the province competes for capital and talent with other Canadian and international startup hubs. Zones Grises aims to provide a convivial infrastructure for these movements to flourish. 

This podcast will explore the journey from researcher to innovation leader, diving into the grey zones between academic and innovation ecosystems. Aligned with V1 Studio’s human-centric values of researcher empowerment and personal growth, the program will focus on the people behind these movements, discovering their motivations, uncovering their pain points and providing them a safe space to explore solutions to the challenges they are facing.

In this first episode, join three of V1 Studio’s Program Leads as they go behind the scenes into what goes into developing a program to support scientific entrepreneurship and innovation.

Each guest will discuss their motivations behind supporting the movement, the potential for researchers impacting the innovation ecosystem, and the challenges and opportunities they are experiencing as they help researchers navigate their journeys from academia to the entrepreneurial world.  

How can you participate? Join us in person or online by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube.

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Alice Vervaeke, V1 Studio QcSE Program Lead

Passionate about breaking down intricate entrepreneurial concepts and making them accessible to academic researchers, she leads the QcSE Program at V1 Studio where she welcomes +500 researchers annually in their first exploration of scientific entrepreneurship. Drawing upon past experience in informing and engaging the public on EU foreign policy matters in Brussels, she is committed to bridging the gap between academic research and other sectors. She completed a BA in African History at SOAS and an MA in International Security at Sussex University.

Quincy Ross, V1 Studio Project Manager & Researchers in Entrepreneurship Program Lead

Multidisciplinary business professional with foundations in project management, operations, and sustainable development. Recently completing her Masters degree from HEC Montréal in Management and Sustainable Development (M.M) consulting on over 15 strategic sustainable development projects with local Montreal organizations. Currently Project Manager at V1 Studio designing and delivering programming and managing government and donor relations.

Andrea Mendoza, V1 Studio Programs and Operations Manager & L2M Program Lead

Passionate about entrepreneurship, experiential learning, science and innovation, she brings her academic background, innovation and customer service experience to spearhead programs in the non-profit sector. Andrea completed her Masters degree from McGill University and has 4 years of experience helping build programs to bridge the gap between the education system and entrepreneurship training. Currently the Programs and Operations Manager at V1 Studio, her mission is to empower graduate students with the confidence to explore alternative career paths through entrepreneurship and innovation.

Thierry Harris, V1 Studio Marketing and Partnerships Manager

Media producer, interviewer and communications specialist with over 15 years experience, specializing in business, technology, government policy and education. Currently Marketing & Partnerships Manager at V1 Studio, a non-profit that helps researchers become founders. Host of Market Hunt, a podcast about innovation ecosystems and international entrepreneurs. Co-founder of International Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, an educational website featuring video and written case studies for pedagogical use. 

This event is produced by V1 Studio, a non-profit organization whose vision is to give every researcher in Canada a touchpoint with entrepreneurship. V1’s ambition is to transform the cultural landscape of academia to embrace an entrepreneurial mindset.

V1 Studio empowers researchers through hands-on training, professional development, and funding to nurture their entrepreneurial drive and support their endeavors. 

Show Producers: Arthur Brousseau Regaudie, 4TH SPACE
Executive Producers: Diana Horqque, Anna Ehrhardt, Xavier-Henri Hervé

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