Lean Launch Pad Mentor Profiles

Mentor Profiles

In our Mentor Profile series, we profile genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC Lean Launch Pad mentors & instructors. Mentors & instructors play a key role in guiding our cohorts throughout the entrepreneurial process. Click on the links below to read more about their background and experiences with the Lean Launch Pad.

Instructor – Iain Verigin, M. Eng. (Semiconductor Networking Optics); BASc. (Engineering Physics), B.Sc. (Physics)

Iain is currently a Lean LaunchPad instructor & Entrepreneur-in-Residence with e@UBC (Entrepreneurship at UBC). In 2008, he started teaching Steve Blank’s “Customer Development” in UBC’s MBA Module program because he felt that it was very close to his startup experience at PMC-Sierra and Packet Engines. Read more.

Mentor & Instructor – Blair Simonite, MBA, BASc. (Electrical Engineering) 

Blair teaches entrepreneurship and innovation at the Sauder School of Business, and is deeply involved with Entrepreneurship@UBC in helping UBC-connected entrepreneurs create successful new ventures.  He serves on the board of clean-tech company dPoint Technologies and the Board of Governors of Capilano University, and has had many years of involvement with BC Social Venture Partners. Read more.

Mentor – Jennifer Thompson, B.A., M.A. (Econ)

Jennifer has a wealth of experience in business model, corporate strategy and business plan development for technology start-ups and small companies. She specializes in early-stage business organization and communication with a focus on market development and sales, investor and government relations, project management and financing. Read more.


Mentor – Peter Payne, Ph.D.

Peter has established and run a variety of companies since 1978 – from the early days of electronic publishing, to medical devices successfully marketed in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. He has been involved with government organizations, private and public companies, reverse take-overs, venture capital corporations and not-for-profit groups. Read more.

More profiles coming soon.

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