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U of T co-op students develop app for Rouge National Urban Park

A new mobile app for Rouge National Urban Park, developed by University of Toronto students, is like having a seasoned tour guide right in the palm of your hands. “We wanted the app to be user-friendly and fun, one that highlights the amazing ecology and cultural history for people in real time,” says Kaitlyn Chow, a … Read More

Tech guru Mooly Eden to talk at U of T about future of AI, robotics

After more than three decades on the front lines of the tech revolution, Israel’s Mooly Eden can confidently predict two things about the future: The pace of technological change will continue to accelerate exponentially, and we’re not doing nearly enough to keep up. Take, for example, the suddenly hot field of artificial intelligence, or AI, … Read More

U of T startup lands financing to grow its AI-powered legal research business

Jimoh Ovbiagele says the story of ROSS Intelligence began in the hallways of the University of Toronto’s department of computer science. This week, ROSS added another chapter. The company, which uses artificial intelligence, or AI, to speed up legal research, said it raised US$8.7 million in new funding, led by iNovia Capital with participation from Comcast Ventures … Read More

A quantum leap? Inside a U of T accelerator’s bold bet on the future of artificial intelligence

Launching a startup is difficult enough – never mind one that requires a yet-to-be realized technology to succeed. That’s the daunting challenge faced by Robert Schaffer, a condensed matter physicist with a PhD from the University of Toronto. He is one of about 40 aspiring entrepreneurs taking part in a bold, new quantum machine learning program developed by … Read More

MaRS hires entrepreneur and investor as its next CEO

Yung Wu, a University of Toronto alumnus who founded, scaled and financed multiple startups, has been named the new chief executive of the MaRS Discovery District – a key player in downtown Toronto’s rapidly expanding innovation and commercialization ecosystem. Currently chairman of early-stage investment firm NFQ Ventures, Wu said Thursday that he’s looking forward to his … Read More

U of T named Canada’s most innovative university

University ranked among top 30 public institutions worldwide by Reuters The University of Toronto is Canada’s most innovative university, according to an independent survey of top global post-secondary institutions by media giant Reuters. Known as the Reuters Top 100, the ranking “aims to identify and rank the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent … Read More

U of T plays prominent role in what magazine dubs Toronto ‘tech revolution’

The latest issue of Toronto Life magazine dubbed Canada’s largest city “the new Silicon Valley” – and the University of Toronto is playing a key role. The magazine highlights several U of T researchers who have helped fuel Toronto’s tech revolution. They include: ●  U of T Associate Professor Raquel Urtasun, an expert in computer vision and machine … Read More

U of T launches new startup space in the heart of Toronto’s Discovery District

With the official launch of a new co-working space for startups, the University of Toronto and its partners are taking another bold step toward establishing Toronto as a nexus of innovation in Canada. More than 200 people packed U of T Entrepreneurship’s new ONRamp facility today for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 15,000-square-foot space. … Read More

Entrepreneur or employee? Experts at U of T event to offer guidance to those contemplating a startup

Thinking of launching a startup? Building a business and shaping your own destiny can be incredibly rewarding – but being an entrepreneur may not suit everyone. Nat Korol, a founding partner of a digital experience firm Hyphen Co., is among those with experience on both sides of the fence. Before striking out on her own, … Read More

Turning food waste into renewable bioplastics: The winners of U of T’s Hatchery Demo Day entrepreneurship competition

Twelve startups founded by engineering students pitched their visions to a room of judges, investors and faculty members at the fifth annual Hatchery Demo Day, held earlier this month at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. “Five years after we founded the Hatchery, the spirit of entrepreneurship continues to be the engine … Read More