• Skyguage Robotics: Nikita and Linar

BEST Lab Startup, SkyGauge’s founders featured Forbes Top 30 Under 30

December 3rd, 2021|

Congratulations to Lassonde BEST Lab Startup, Skyguage Robotics, and founders Nikita Ilushkin and Linar Ismagilov for being featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Manufacturing & Industry Category. Linar is a Lassonde student [...]

  • Bergeron Chair in Technology Entrepreneurship Andrew Maxwell, top left, leads students in a Zoom chat during UNHack Weekend.

Students take on sustainability challenges at UNHack weekend

November 30th, 2021|

Lassonde’s Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (BEST) program hosted UNHack 2021 from November 19 to 21. This weekend of experiential learning allowed undergraduate students from various post-secondary to work in teams with grade 11 [...]

  • Virtual STEM Bootcamp 2021

York University hosts 2021 virtual STEM Entrepreneurship Experience

August 24th, 2021|

Twenty high-school students from across Canada gathered virtually last week for the 2021 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Entrepreneurship Experience hosted by York University's Lassonde School of Engineering. Delivered by the Bergeron Entrepreneurs [...]

  • Third Cohort of BEST Certificate Graduates

Third Cohort of BEST Certificate Graduates

July 26th, 2021|

We'd like to extend our congratulations to the third cohort of the BEST Certificate graduates, who completed the program in spring 2021. Read below to see what our graduates had to say about the [...]

BEST Technology Impact Prize 2020-2021 Winners Announced

July 6th, 2021|

The 2020-2021 BEST Technology Impact Prize winners have been announced at the Lassonde School of Engineering Capstone Day, an annual exhibit showcasing the ability, ingenuity and diversity of Lassonde’s graduating students. Team K (Lithium Prime) [...]

BEST Startup Experience 2021 – Transform Your Business

March 29th, 2021|

The BEST Program, at the Lassonde School of Engineering, hosted the BEST Startup Experience from March 5th – March 7th. “The BEST Startup Experience offers students a unique opportunity to be immersed in solving [...]

9th Mercier Seminar Series – Do What You Love

February 1st, 2021|

On January 28, 2020, BEST Program virtually hosted the 9th Mercier Seminar featuring keynote speaker, Susan Niczowski, Founder and President of Summer Fresh. Susan presented to over 200 York University students promoting the vision [...]

BEST Entrance Award Recipients – Fall 2020

January 18th, 2021|

Congrats to the 2020 BEST Entrance Award recipients. This Award recognizes evidence of entrepreneurial initiatives (leadership and/or involvement in enterprising activities) at high school and is awarded to incoming Lassonde students at York University. Recipients are: Ayana [...]

TOGETHER 2021 Ignites Student Entrepreneurs in India and Canada

January 15th, 2021|

Schulich School of Business and BEST at Lassonde School of Engineering partnered with Startup India to kick off TOGETHER 2021, a seven-day virtual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and Venture Competition earlier this month. Backed by global organizations, leading entrepreneurs and [...]

UNHACK 2020: Design Solutions, Impact Lives

December 2nd, 2020|

On November 20th - 22nd, Lassonde’s BEST Program hosted UNHack 2020; a 3 Day experiential learning Design Sprint. Over 230 participants engaged in an intensive interactive online experience, learning about the Design Sprint process, [...]

DrCar: A Lassonde-Schulich Startup wins most Impactful Tech Award.

November 9th, 2020|

It was the beginning of the lockdown in April 2020 when Utkarsh P. (BSc ‘21) and Abhinav S. (MBA’ 20) sat across a dinner table lamenting about their mechanics and car repair experience. After discovering [...]

8th Mercier Seminar Series – BE BOLD,DREAM,BEGIN.

October 28th, 2020|

On October 27, 2020, BEST hosted the 8th Mercier Seminar featuring keynote speaker, James Temerty, Founder of Northland Power, philanthropist and business executive.   “Be Bold, Dream, Begin” are the keywords that James Temerty lives by as an entrepreneur. At his early young age, he always sought to do things differently and was [...]

Pueblo Science’s Hackathon

October 9th, 2020|

Sustainability-themed low-cost science experiments created by students around the globe at Pueblo Science’s hackathon BEST/Lassonde had the honor of supporting this Hackathon and have Lisa Cole, Director of K2I Academy at Lassonde School of Engineering, [...]

Virtual STEM Entrepreneurship bootcamp 2020

August 20th, 2020|

Young innovators attend virtual bootcamp to help bring STEM projects to market Ten bright minds from Canada’s science fair community alongside with 17 other students (incoming Lassonde students and other high school students) wrapped up [...]

Second Cohort of the BEST Certificate Graduates

July 23rd, 2020|

BEST Lab is so proud as they have the second cohort of the BEST Certificate graduates. The BEST Certificate is a transcripted certificate that integrates technology, law, and business into creative problem-solving and innovation [...]

Bergeron Medal Recipients 2020 – Theresa & Semi

July 21st, 2020|

Each year, a top student graduating from the Lassonde School of Engineering is selected to receive the Bergeron Medal in recognition of their academic and entrepreneurial achievements in the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and [...]

Scholars’ Hub – Innovation During times of Disruption

April 23rd, 2020|

On Wednesday April 22nd, 2020, Dr. Maxwell shared insights from his research on the challenges of innovating at the York University Scholars’ Hub @ Home speaker series . In this lecture, following Albert Einstein's [...]

Intro to Design Thinking by Andrew Maxwell

April 23rd, 2020|

BEST partnered with BattleSnake for the“Stay Home and Code” event, a two-week online programming league raising money for Food Bank Canada. On Tuesday April 21st, 2020 , Dr. Maxwell ran a live workshop about “Introduction [...]

Lassonde Students Win Global Case Competition

April 20th, 2020|

BEST Lab has supported a team of Lassonde students who won the global Engineering & Commerce Case Competition (ENGCOMM) hosted by Concordia University in Montreal. The international case competition hosted 14 teams from around [...]

Ernest C. Mercier Lecture 2020

March 5th, 2020|

On March 2, 2020 the Lassonde School of Engineering and Schulich School of Business hosted the annual Ernest C. Mercier Lecture in Entrepreneurial Science. The lecture featured keynote speaker Eva Lau, Co-Founder of Two [...]

Mercier Seminar with Karen Lai

February 6th, 2020|

On February 4th, BEST Lab hosted its 7th Mercier Seminar at Lassonde School of Engineering with Karen Lai, the President and CEO of KPM Power. Karen studied Mechanical Engineering and worked in industry for [...]


December 19th, 2019|

MAKE SOMEONE FEEL SPECIAL THIS YEAR!   https://vimeo.com/380512315  

BEST Pitch Award at Schulich Startup Night (November 2019)

December 5th, 2019|

On November 7th, BEST lab students pitched at Alumni and student category at Schulich Startup Night the 12th Edition. YuRide, a startup based in the BEST Lab, founded by Artem Solovey, Vladimir Martinsov and Yash [...]

BEST Entrance Award Recipients- Fall 2019

November 29th, 2019|

On November 26th, BEST Lab held a special ceremony for the 2019 BEST Entrance Award recipients which recognizes evidence of entrepreneurial initiatives (leadership and/or involvement in enterprising activities) at high school and is awarded to incoming [...]

6th Mercier Seminar – From Research Lab into the Universe

November 28th, 2019|

On November 26th, BEST Lab hosted its 6th Mercier Seminar at Lassonde School of Engineering with Dr. Benton Leong one of the co-founders of MapleSoft.  Benton joined the University of Waterloo in 1980 and [...]

BEST Startup Experience

November 19th, 2019|

On the weekend of November 8th - 10th, Lassonde’s BEST Program (Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology) hosted its inaugural Startup Experience Weekend sponsored by Rogers and KPM Power. 200 High-School, College, and University [...]

The 5th Mercier Seminar: Breeding the Global Engineer, Engineering with Soul

October 3rd, 2019|

On September 26, the BEST Lab hosted the 5th Mercier Seminar featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Mark Talesnick. He discussed design and sustainable engineering solutions concerning problems in developing communities during his talk, Breeding the Global [...]

Building a Better Drone for a “Workforce in the Sky”

September 27th, 2019|

Today’s drones are highly mobile, but lack the precision to perform contact inspections. Nikita Iliushkin’s firm, VPT, has come up with a unique rotor design that could lead to what he calls “a workforce [...]

Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC) Course 2019-Ethiopia

September 1st, 2019|

Written by Hiba Haddad (one of the students who took this course) In Summer 2019 (July 21-August 14), BEST sent six students to the EDC program in Ethiopia. Putting the time I spent in EDC [...]

Shad York 2019

July 31st, 2019|

Written by: Angela Zhou Edited by: Teo Capitano, Jessie Huang, Tristan Paranavitana, Lola Oyefeso, Sehaj Singh, Hossein Raeisi, Clare Tsai, and Thilini Wijesekera. Every Shad campus has a beginning. 2019 was the beginning of a [...]

SHAD York hosts Open Day

July 20th, 2019|

Throughout the month of July, the Lassonde School of Engineering has been host to SHAD York, a program that offers 56 high-school students from across Canada the chance to enjoy an outstanding experiential education experience [...]

First cohort of BEST Certificate Graduates:

June 27th, 2019|

BEST Lab is so proud as they have first cohort of the BEST Certificate graduates. The BEST Certificate is a transcripted certificate that integrates technology, law and business into creative problem-solving and innovation and [...]

Bergeron Medal Recipient: Mitchell Palmer

June 27th, 2019|

Each Year, one top student in the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) program will be identified and awarded the Bergeron Medal for their academic achievement in the B.E.S.T. program. This unique interdisciplinary [...]

International Experiential Learning- Technion-York Program

June 27th, 2019|

On April 29 to May 28, 2019, a group of eighteen students attended an entrepreneurship program at the Technion – Institute of Technology. Under the guidance of Program Directors: Dr. Andrew Maxwell, Helen Leighton, [...]

The BEST Lab represented the School at the 2019 Canada Wide Science Fair

June 1st, 2019|

The Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF) brings science, technology, engineering and math out of the classroom – tasking youth with finding STEM-based solutions to real world issues. CWSF is a celebration of Canada’s brightest young [...]

York University designated a Canadian SHAD campus

March 27th, 2019|

On March 27, York University and SHAD executives joined for the public announcement that York University was being designated as a Canadian SHAD campus, joining the likes of Queen’s, Ryerson and McMaster universities. Including York University, [...]

BEST Prize for Most Innovative Idea at Launch Weekend

March 17th, 2019|

BEST Prize for Most Innovative Idea at Launch Weekend awarded to safety technology The Entrepreneurship Development Association (EDA) and the BEST Lab co-hosted Launch Weekend on March 15th – 17th at the Bergeron Centre. Teams [...]

BEST Entrepreneurship Prize at HackLassonde

March 14th, 2019|

BEST Entrepreneurship Prize goes to two sustainable solutions for ice & snow removal On March 9-10, HackLassonde (Sustainable Hackathon for a Sustainable Future) hosted over 200 high school and university students from across Ontario. The [...]

BEST Pitch Award at Schulich Startup Night (March 2019)

March 9th, 2019|

On March 7th, The BEST Lab Award for Most Impactful Technology was awarded to the company Novaly Studios by Max Vivier at the 11th Schulich Start-Up Night. Vivier, like many students, enjoys playing video games. [...]

Developing Innovative Capabilities and Mindset

August 9th, 2018|

Why developing innovative capabilities can make you more competitive Innovation is about responding to customers Innovation is a term thrown around a lot in business circles these days, but it’s often misunderstood. Innovation isn’t the [...]

Lyofresh Technologies 2nd place in the Food Security Social Innovation Challenge

August 9th, 2018|

Student startup Lyofresh Technologies wins $15,000 at World Vision Social Innovation Competition Student startup Lyofresh Technologies is one step closer towards bringing healthy food to everyone, anywhere. Founded by Nicholas Steele, a York University alumnus (MA ’18, [...]

Technion 2018

August 9th, 2018|

Lassonde, Schulich students visit Israel for an immersive learning experience Twenty-four students from York University took part in an experiential learning opportunity in Israel, focused on technology entrepreneurship. Every year, the International Experiential Learning partnership [...]

C- Lab Pitch Night

March 21st, 2018|

  On March 7, C-Lab at The BlockchainHub based in BEST Lab organized the "Blockchain Startup Competiotion" where Blockchain start-ups presented their grounbreaking ideas to a panel of renowned judges and industry experts coming from all across [...]

3rd Mercier Seminar on “The World Most Innovative Cities”

February 16th, 2018|

3rd Mercier Seminar on “The World Most Innovative Cities” On January 15th, nearly 100 students heard and shared their opinions about the World Most Innovative Cities in the past, in the present and in the [...]

Lyofresh Technologies Tackle Food Waste featured Startup HERE Toronto

February 12th, 2018|

Super proud of Lyofresh Technologies BEST Lab Startup for this achievement. Looking forward to seeing them pitch at the LaunchYU Aird & Berlis LLP Market Entry Prize event this Thursday.   https://startupheretoronto.com/type/profiles/lyofresh-technologies-tackles-food-waste-woes-with-low-cost-freeze-drying/  

Abdullah Merei- “One to Watch” Bryden Award Recipient

December 19th, 2017|

Congratulations to our alumnus Abdullah Merei on receiving the “One to Watch” Bryden Award! Prof. Andrew Maxwell, Director of BEST was pleased to be a part of YorkU Bryden Award event and he appreciated Abdullah [...]

Christmas Video

November 27th, 2017|

Make Someone Feel Special This Year

BEST talked to Jess Joss, the Executive Director of York Angels

November 16th, 2017|

BEST had a great opportunity to talk to Jess Joss, the Executive Director of York Angels. York Angels is one of the top five groups of Angel Investors in Canada, and connects early stage ventures [...]

LaunchYU RevUP workshop on funding and Financing

November 15th, 2017|

On November 14th, Prof Andrew Maxwell was invited to share his insights into how to attract funding from Business Angels with 100 entrepreneurs attending the LaunchYU workshop.  Drawing on his research, he shared insights into [...]

2nd Mercier Seminar on “Building Innovation Competencies”

November 13th, 2017|

2nd Mercier Seminar on “Building Innovation Competencies” On November 9th following a workshop with Lassonde and York faculty, more than 60 students heard insights into the future of university education from Dr. Thomas Carey (previously [...]

Lyofresh at Ontario Economic Summit

November 13th, 2017|

Lyofresh at Ontario Economic Summit On November 8th and 9th, Lyofresh was invited to the Ontario Economic Summit as a guest of York University. The event focused on the topic of a heavy investment in [...]

Lassonde Students Returned from EWB-Technion Course sponsored by BEST

October 25th, 2017|

Roger Carrick and Mitchell Palmer just returned from a 10-day sustainable community development course in Israel, combining community social work with sustainable development and engineering. Roger is a PhD student studying engineering design, and Mitch [...]

Professor Maxwell Presented at Dr. Tao’s Workshop

October 24th, 2017|

Professor Maxwell Presented at Dr. Tao’s Workshop On October 19th, Dr. Vincent Tao returned to campus to receive his Honorary Doctor Degree and be recognized for his academic and entrepreneurial achievements. As part of this [...]

Fresh Success: Lyofresh wins first prize at Schulich Startup Night!

October 24th, 2017|

It was an evening of accomplishments for Lyofresh Technologies (BESTLab Startup) and other student-run start-ups. Tuesday night marked the 8th Schulich Startup Night pitch event where Lyofresh Technologies achieved first place, winning the $2,500 prize, $15K [...]

Mercier Seminar on “Sources of Innovation for Entrepreneurs”

October 4th, 2017|

Standing room only for first Mercier Seminar on “Sources of Innovation for Entrepreneurs”   The annual Mercier Lecture has been a very successful annual event, bring students from Lassonde and Schulich together to hear how [...]

BEST startup graduates LaunchYU program, wins award

October 3rd, 2017|

September 29, 2017 Lyofresh Technologies is proud to have participated in Innovation York’s LaunchYU AccelerateUP business accelerator program, where over the course of four months and 24 workshop sessions the company has benefited from training, [...]

Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies for Ladies

August 28th, 2017|

On August 3rd and August 9th, BlockchainHub the initiative at BEST Lab hosted meetings for Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies for ladies. “Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies for Ladies” series at BlockchainHub has been created for the ladies who [...]

Lassonde teams up with FIRST Robotics Canada

August 28th, 2017|

Dr. Terry Sachlos as part of a team with the Lassonde School of Engineering has partnered with First Robotics Canada to host the First Robotics competition from March 23-25, 2018. Read more HERE [...]

BlockChainHub Meetup

August 21st, 2017|

On July 20th, over 300 inquisitive minds from the York and Toronto technology community came [...]

BEST​ ​STEM​ ​Boot-Camp

August 21st, 2017|

On the last week of July, BESTLab hosted its first STEM Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, where some of Canada’s brightest young minds joined Lassonde incoming students to transform their science projects into viable businesses. This [...]

First Lego league (junior competition)

July 13th, 2017|

BEST Lab hosted First Lego league (junior competition) in partnership with Lassonde  School of Engineering on May 13, 2017 [...]

BEST’s Bergeron Medal was awarded to Oskar Niburski

July 13th, 2017|

An annual distinction given to two of the top students in the BEST program will be awarded the Bergeron Medal for obtaining entrepreneurial achievements while at Lassonde. This year, BEST’s Bergeron Medal was awarded [...]

Entrepreneurship Development Association- Workshop #5

May 25th, 2017|

Marketing and Sales Strategies for Startups Join us to learn: How to market your product and/or services to potential clients The importance of subscriptions Client acquisition vs client values Click here for our facebook page

Technion Info Session #2!

May 25th, 2017|

Topic: Information Session on International Experience Program Date & Time: Monday, 6th Feb; 1:00 – 2:30 pm Venue: Bergeron Centre Room 125 Description: Participate in a 3-week program focused on Entrepreneurship at Technion University in Haifa, Israel, in the  summer of 2017 [...]

Startup Weekend 2017!

May 25th, 2017|

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together York Region designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is [...]

Startup Updates

May 25th, 2017|

Alpine Express: Olivia went to the Toronto Snow Show last month and learned about many ski resorts, manufacturers, and trainers. It was a great networking opportunity, and some of the people have expressed interest in [...]