Sarah Lubik

Director of Entrepreneurship, SFU Co-Champion, Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU Lecturer, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Concentration Coordinator, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
BBA (Hons) (Simon Fraser University), MPhil (University of Cambridge), PhD (University of Cambridge)

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Surrey Phone: 778.782.9664

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Sarah Lubik is a lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Beedie, Co-Champion of the Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU Program and was appointed SFU's first Director of Entrepreneurship, aligning, supporting and accelerating entrepreneurship education and early stage incubation at SFU. She is also a certified expert business coach and a mentor at SFU's Venture Connection incubator.

In 2016, Dr. Lubik was named one of ten Canadian Innovation Leaders assisting with the Government of Canada's Inclusive Innovation Agenda.

Dr. Lubik has published in leading technology management journals such as R&D Management, Technovation and Long Range Planning. Her research is currently focused on stimulating and supporting university-based entrepreneurship with a focus on interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation, and commercialization. In 2013, she received the Dr. Theo Williamson Outstanding Paper Award by Emerald Publishing for “Market-pull and technology-push in manufacturing start-ups in emerging industries” published in the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management.

Prior to joining the Beedie School of Business, Dr. Lubik worked in the Centre for Strategy and Performance at the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge. She has also worked as a business coach, specializing in market analysis, and project manager and coordinator on a number of international European projects supporting start-up firms through incubation, finance and policy.

She is also actively involved in entrepreneurship, as a co-founder and Marketing Director of Lungfish Dive Systems.Dr. Lubik holds a BBA (honours) from SFU, concentrating in International Business and Marketing, as well as a masters and PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she was also NanoForum Fellow.

In 2014, Dr. Lubik was named one of Business in Vancouver's Top 40 Under 40. In 2016, she was awarded the TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award

Specialization and Research Interests

University spin-outs; early-stage strategy formation; business models; commercialization of advanced technologies; partnerships; market selection; innovation ecosystems, and incubation.

Selected Publications

Articles and Reports

Sarah Lubik, & Elizabeth Garnsey

Early business model evolution in science-based ventures: The case of advanced materials

2016 | Long Range Planning. 49(3): 393-408

Elicia Maine, Sarah Lubik, & Elizabeth Garnsey

Value creation strategies for science-based business: A study of advanced materials ventures

2013 | Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice. 15(1): 35-51

Sarah Lubik, Elizabeth Garnsey, Tim Minshall, & Ken Platts

Value creation from the innovation environment: Partnership strategies from university spin-outs

2013 | R and D Management Journal. 43(2): 136-150

Sarah Lubik, Sirirat Lim, Ken Platts, & Tim Minshall

Market-pull and technology-push in manufacturing start-ups in emerging industries

2013 | Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management. 24(1): 10-27

Sarah Lubik, Nicky Dee, Ken Platts, & Tim Minshall

Succeeding in emerging industries: Handbook for manufacturing start-ups


Achieve more: The results


Sarah Lubik, & Elizabeth Garnsey

Commercializing nanotechnology innovations from university spin-out companies

2008 | Nanotechnology Perceptions. 4: 225-238

Teaching Related Material

Sarah Lubik, Elizabeth Chell, Elizabeth Garnsey, & Mine Karatas-Özkan

Entrepreneurial innovation in science-based firms

2014 | Book Chapter, Textbook - New | Handbook of Research in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Chapter 17: 315-332

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