Twitter has scooped up a machine-learning startup called Whetlab, launched by several alumni and a PhD student from the University of Toronto. Twitter announced the acquisition June 17, 2015.
Ever wish you could check your phone to see what events are going on around you? Ravi Ravindran has an app for that. Want a smart music player that is influenced by your environment and your friends? Kenneth Leung is part of a team working on it. Or what if you could binge-enter dozens of online prize contests at once? Prateek Rao has the answer for you. All three UTSC students have been working on these projects out of The Hub, a unique space in the Instructional Centre that promotes student entrepreneurship and innovation. Students from any discipline can go to The Hub with an idea and meet others, including faculty, who may be able to help them develop it and perhaps start a company.
University of Toronto entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors showed off their startups at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery conference April 27 and 28 – making connections and sharing best practices for Toronto-based companies in the global economy. “It was a great opportunity to really see the full impact of U of T on the provincial landscape,” said Karen Sievewright of U of T’s Banting & Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. “Every corner I turned there was a U of T innovator or organization or entrepreneur and a lot of the featured technologies and successes – I’d say the majority – were also associated with U of T.”
They saved lives here at home and around the world and they launched the first cohort of entrepreneurs at the University of Toronto – in 1923. “Banting wasn’t an entrepreneur. Best wasn’t an entrepreneur. But the emergence of insulin really was an example of entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto,” says Michael Bliss, historian and author of The Discovery of Insulin.