Taking your business further
No matter what type of entrepreneur you are, U of T has an accelerator or development program that can help your business reach its highest potential. The University of Toronto is home to a variety of accelerators serving students and faculty from all disciplines and levels of experience.
Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)
Focus: Tech companies ready to launch, scalable products/services, equity value creation
Features: MentorshipEducationFunding OpportunitiesInvestor AccessMBAsTrainingWorkspace
The CDL is designed to provide science-based ventures with the robust business judgment they need to scale massively. It pairs objectives-based mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and investors with access to the resources of Canada’s premier business school. Advisors set specific development milestones for each business while offering advice and sometimes investment.
Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab (DCSIL)
Focus: Machine learning, artificial intelligence, data science, computational vision, security, augmented reality & virtual reality
Features: MentorshipCommercializationCompetitionEducationFunding OpportunitiesMulti-disciplinaryTraining
DCS Innovation Lab is a cross-disciplinary start-up accelerator and incubator. As an accelerator, we work with faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to develop and commercialize start-up ventures coming from U of T’s applied research teams. As an incubator, we deliver real-world experiential entrepreneurship courses that teach students from all fields how to apply their subject-matter expertise alongside lean start-up methodologies in customer and product development to create saleable prototypes for market validation.
Focus: Up-and-coming entrepreneurs, students, cleantech, fintech, work and learning, health and wellbeing, social entrepreneurship
Features: MentorshipCompetitionEquipmentFunding OpportunitiesMulti-disciplinaryTrainingWorkspace
The Entrepreneurship Hatchery offers two processes to build start-ups: The Hatchery NEST, fostering the creation of startups and the entrepreneurial mindset of U of T students and, the Hatchery Launch Lab, enabling graduate and faculty-level research-driven startup-companies.
Health Innovation Hub (H2i)
Focus: Creative solutions for health matters
Features: MentorshipCommercializationCompetitionEducationEquipmentFunding OpportunitiesInvestor AccessMulti-disciplinaryTraining
The Health Innovation Hub facilitates student-driven translation and commercialization of ideas into problem-solving designs on health matters. It works to align, connect, and leverage the significant mass of life science research expertise, facilities, programs and funds of the University and its partners towards effective and efficient health innovation ventures. H2i provides open and flexible educational and mentorship opportunities and serves as a conduit for innovation throughout the Toronto Academic Health Science Network.
Focus: Early-stage business development and commercialization
Features: MentorshipEducationFunding OpportunitiesMulti-disciplinaryTrainingWorkspace
ICUBE offers early-stage business development and commercialization services as part of U of T Mississauga and the Institute for Management & Innovation. Some of the acceleration and business development services include: a collaborative space where innovative students and community partners can engage, tailored speaker sessions, an entrepreneurial curriculum, and a mentorship program.
Focus: Physical technologies
The Impact Centre is a diverse group of researchers and entrepreneurs dedicated to using science to benefit society. Through collaborative R&D projects, we give an innovation edge to our industry partners of all sizes and help accelerate their product development. We build entrepreneurial skills and attitudes in hundreds of students a year with our experiential learning programs. These activities result in a more competitive industry base, new high-tech products launched by established companies, students equipped with job-ready skills, and the creation of technology-based startups.
Focus: Graduate student entrepreneurs from Institute for Aerospace Studies
Features: MentorshipEducationFunding OpportunitiesMulti-disciplinaryTraining
Start@UTIAS encourages UTIAS graduate students to utilize the knowledge and skills they have gained through their education to create business startups. It offers the tools needed to create successful startups, including legal and accounting workshops, networking opportunities, capital funding, and mentorship provided by alumnus and entrepreneur Francis Shen.
Focus: Early-stage innovation and entrepreneurship
Features: MentorshipCommercializationCompetitionEducationFunding OpportunitiesMulti-disciplinaryTrainingWorkspace
The Hub is an early-stage innovation and entrepreneurship centre that assists students through industry mentoring, the development of new prototypes and the incubation of new companies. While it works primarily with undergraduate teams from computer science and business management—with a specific focus on web-based technologies—it provides an active workspace for students embracing entrepreneurship in a wide variety of disciplines.
Focus: Creation of start-up companies based on research created at the University of Toronto
Features: MentorshipEducationGuaranteed FundingTrainingWorkspace
UTEST is a startup development program for nascent software companies supported in partnership by University of Toronto and MaRS Innovation. Its companies receive funding, mentorship, business strategy support and office space in the Banting Institute.