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Cool under pressure: U of T Happy Pops startup lands Dragons’ Den deal

Leila Keshavjee sometimes feels like the odd woman out among tech-minded University of Toronto entrepreneurs – she makes ice pops – but that didn’t stop her from landing a deal on the hit CBC show Dragons’ Den. On last night’s season première, Keshavjee agreed to a $150,000 investment from Arlene Dickinsonin exchange for 30 per cent of her startup Happy … Read More

U of T students awarded RBC Amplify’s ‘most disruptive’ prize for AI used in monitoring e-transfers

A multidisciplinary team of students from the University of Toronto and a student from the University of Waterloo have been awarded $10,000 from Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) Amplify program for designing the “most disruptive” technology to monitor email money transfers. A patent for their disruptive technology is pending and the four students have accepted … Read More

Wattpad’s secret to success? Think globally and hire locally, co-founder and U of T alumnus says

Allen Lau, the co-founder and CEO of story-sharing platform Wattpad, has advice for budding Toronto entrepreneurs hoping to build a billion-dollar business: think globally and take full advantage of the city’s diversity when choosing your team. “You have to look for global growth – and to have that global growth, you need [people with] a global … Read More

Litigation gone digital: Ottawa experiments with artificial intelligence in tax cases

The Justice Department has quietly launched an artificial intelligence experiment as the Trudeau government prepares to use such sophisticated software to help make decisions in cases involving immigration, pension benefits and taxes. The 18-month pilot project, which involves the Canada Revenue Agency, was started even though the government has yet to establish clear ethical guidelines … Read More

Toronto startup Second Closet aims to ‘Uber-ize’ self-storage

Mark Ang was 17 years old when he and his older brother, David, moved out of their parents’ home. The brothers piled into a small, 500-square-foot apartment, with David working full-time to cover their rent and claiming the only bedroom. Mark, a student at the University of Toronto, was deputed to sleep on the couch. … Read More

He won Microsoft’s global innovation competition. What’s next for this fourth-year U of T student?

It’s been a month since University of Toronto undergraduate student Samin Khan and his teammate from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology were on the world stage, pitching their smartARM to a panel of industry judges at the Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s annual student innovation competition. The hook of their pitch was a demonstration of how the robotic, prosthetic … Read More

From clunky to cool: U of T startup helps life sciences researchers struggling to illustrate their work

Shiz Aoki has a simple but powerful way to demonstrate the need for BioRender, a University of Toronto startup whose web-based tool helps bioscience researchers produce eye-catching illustrations of their work. She flips open her laptop and loads a page featuring a dozen garish diagrams – each a mish-mash of jagged starbursts, flattened ellipses and multi-coloured … Read More

Nigerian international students team up to launch online shop for rare African ingredients

When Stephen Ayeni and Naafiu Mohammed first met in a math class at the University of Toronto in 2015, they had plenty to talk about. As international students from Nigeria, the two instantly hit it off. They talked about life in Canada and started studying for calculus exams and assignments together. But it didn’t take long … Read More

Medicine by Design, Creative Destruction Lab partner on regenerative medicine

A new partnership between Medicine by Design and the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), founded at the Rotman School of Management, will strengthen Toronto’s biomedical ecosystem by bringing together the University of Toronto’s world-class research in regenerative medicine and the CDL’s proven seed-stage program for science-based companies. The two organizations are collaborating to launch a health-themed cohort … Read More

U of T to quicken pace of heart research commercialization with new entrepreneurship program

A cardiovascular researcher herself, Soror Sharifpoor knows just how much cutting-edge heart research is being done at the University of Toronto and its partner hospitals – which is why she was surprised to discover a dearth of related startup companies. It’s a gap she’s now seeking to bridge. The research program manager for the Ted … Read More