Celebrating Success: Highlights from the Evolve to Innovate (e2i) Graduation Ceremony


In the dynamic landscape of innovation and entrepreneurship, celebrating milestones is not just a tradition but a testament to the dedication and ingenuity of aspiring individuals. At the recent graduation ceremony of the Evolve to Innovate (e2i) program, hosted at the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking – UCalgary, we had the privilege to extend our heartfelt congratulations to a cohort of graduates whose commitment and innovation have been truly inspiring.

Throughout the eight-month journey of the e2i program, these graduates have exemplified resilience, creativity, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. As the afternoon unfolded with accolades and solidarity, it became evident that each participant had contributed significantly to the program’s ethos of innovation and transformation.

Among the many remarkable individuals, special recognition was bestowed upon those whose exceptional contributions stood out:

1. Sara H. Tamrin – First Place Pitch
2. Sydney Pratte – Second Place Pitch
3. Emmanuel Amaechi – Third Place Pitch
4. Nicole Rosin – Recipient of the AEiR Award (as nominated by the Academic Entrepreneurs in Residence)
5. Kathryn Wolfe – Acknowledged with the Inspiration Award
6. Amin Komeili, PhD, P.Eng. – Honoured with the P.I. Award

These individuals not only demonstrated exemplary entrepreneurial spirit but also showcased their ability to translate groundbreaking research into practical applications that can make a real-world impact.

The e2i program serves as a beacon for researchers aspiring to bridge the gap between academia and industry, providing them with the necessary tools and resources to navigate the complex terrain of entrepreneurship. Over the course of eight months, participants from diverse academic backgrounds undergo a transformative journey, acquiring essential skills and insights that empower them to effect meaningful change in society.

At the heart of the e2i program is a commitment to fostering innovation and collaboration. It is a testament to the vision and dedication of both the participants and the organizers who work tirelessly to cultivate an environment where ideas flourish and dreams are realized.

As we celebrate the achievements of the latest cohort of e2i graduates, we extend our gratitude to all those who have contributed to their success. From the award presenters – Bharat Maheshwari, Inês Bartilotti, Jeff Ryzner, and Steve Larter – to the mentors, sponsors, and supporters, each has played a pivotal role in shaping the journey of these aspiring entrepreneurs.

To learn more about the Evolve to Innovate (e2i) program and how you can be part of this transformative experience, visit here. Join us as we continue to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship, and the relentless pursuit of excellence.