Participant Testimonials

Dr. Elise Fear, Biomedical Engineering, University of Calgary

"The opportunity to better understand entrepreneurship and become familiar with key tools was extremely valuable. Orly presented the processes involved in entrepreneurship and the tools that she has found useful in a logical and concise way. The framework that she discussed changed my thinking about how to approach new ventures, especially customer development strategies and the idea of a minimum viable product. The framework is also very useful for developing grant proposals and negotiating new research and development partnerships with industry. I also appreciated the fact that the workshop acknowledged our multiple roles and allowed us to identify the strengths that are associated with these experiences"

Dr. Belinda Heyne, Biochemistry, University of Calgary

"The workshop helped me realize the full potential of my innovation. It taught me valuable tips that are applicable for commercialization and also my everyday life. I wanted to thank you very much [Orly] for the workshop."

Dr. Svetlana Yanushkevich, Biometrics, University of Calgary

"Orly is intelligent, focused, and patient professional. She is authentic with the right blend of support, frank honesty, and gentle nudging to push through barriers. I was somewhat skeptical of the usefulness of coaching, as I believed I really already understood my issues. No. She knew right away to go deeper and guided me so quickly, lovingly and intelligently right to the information that was under my nose. Her guidance was integral to me during a time in my life when I was feeling stuck and unable to move forward."

Dr. Orit Shefi, Nanotechnology, Bar-Ilan University

"I wholeheartedly recommend the FL2F workshop. It was a one-of-a-kind experience from which I left feeling empowered. The workshop consists of a mix of group sessions led by Orly, guest speakers, and one-on-one sessions, with the goal of helping each researcher bring their own idea to market.

Dr. Mea Wang, Cloud Computing, University of Calgary

“I really enjoyed the workshop. The group discussion made me feel supported, and exposed me to many possibilities to transfer research results from lab to fulfilment. The one-on-one discussion with Orly helped me to connect all points and thoughts together. Throughout the workshop, we had many opportunities to work on our pitches and receiving feedback. These exercises made me more self-aware and become more visionary. Coming out of the workshop, I feel that I am prepared with strategies to take our research results to the next level.”

Dr Yujun Shi, University of Calgary

"Attending the “From Lab to Fulfillment” workshop is a truly eye-opening experience! We were exposed to many new knowledge related to patent applications, market analysis, business models and so on. This is another facet dealing with how to transform research into innovation. … It is amazing to see everyone grow with more practice. And it is also rewarding to see everyone shine in the final pitch of her innovation ideas!"

Dr. Ronit Sarid, Biology, Bar-Ilan University

"This workshop provided important tools for entrepreneurship and leveraging scientific achievements towards commercial application. The workshop combines information on different tracks for commercializing as well as insights on unconscious personal barriers"

Dr. Carmit Hazay, Cryptography, Bar-Ilan University

"The workshop has been professionally delivered while exposing the participants to a variety of interesting tools, which I believe are also useful in daily research. Fulfillment is not just about opening a new start-up, and in that sense, the workshop is an important channel for transferring knowledge regarding handling different functions outside the academia."

Prof. Rakefet Schwarz, The Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University

"For me, soft skills, which we had the chance to practice and to get feedback from Orly and the other workshop participants, were most significant. As an example, during the workshop period, I implemented a tip that helped me obtaining better cooperation of the students in my group concerning applying necessary requirements to their data presentation. The workshop was held in a very pleasant atmosphere and it was a joy to take part in it.“

Shir Hochwald-Liber, Ph. D. (Postdoctoral Fellow), Faculty of Engineering, Bar-Ilan University

"With much pleasure, I would like to recommend the From Lab 2 Fulfillment workshop led by Dr. Orly Yadid-Pecht at Bar-Ilan University, July 2020. This amazing workshop aims to provide women... milestones for them to be able to develop their research into a successful business. By the end of the workshop, I felt ready to fulfill my future career goals"

Janice Braun, Ph.D, University of Calgary

"In FL2F, Orly weaves the threads of entrepreneurship, leadership, personal ownership, and fulfillment into an engaging workshop. She taps into existing talent and connects it to the business environment."

Shalina S. Ousman, Ph.D, University of Calgary

"The week-long FL2F workshop conducted by Dr. Orly Yadid-Pecht and her team was one of the best courses I have taken as an independent investigator. It is intensive but very much worth it. I have been ‘winging it’ in trying to translate my inventions but the FL2F course provided the informational structure that one needs to know in moving your inventions from the pre-discovery phase all the way to company formation. The hands-on exercises such as pitches as well as talks by experts in the intrepreneurial field were invaluable. The one-on-one sessions with Dr. Yadid-Pecht were much appreciated since she shared her tips and expertise as an entrepreneur. Finally, kudos for pulling off a successful course entirely on zoom that allowed for breakout room interactions, one-on-one sessions and group meetings. I will be spreading the word about how inspiring FL2F has been for me."

Laura Curiel, PhD, PEng, University of Calgary

"I came to the FL2F workshop expecting to get some information about entrepreneurship and maybe some tips on where to get started, and what I got was so much more! I acquired skills, built confidence, and learned so much. The workshop not only helped me get started, but it also provided me with tangible tools and a roadmap that I know how to use to get my venture started. It is the most valuable professional development experience I have had in a long time."

Dr. Osnat Keren, Bar-Ilan University

“…I spent many years in the industry, including in start-up companies, so I was skeptical about how much this workshop could contribute to me beyond what I already knew. I was pleasantly surprised… Also, although this idea did not make it, I am now more prepared to work better on my next idea and have a toolset for years to come to support my entrepreneurship possibilities.”