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U of T startups at True Blue Expo take home cash prizes, receive advice from Wealthsimple co-founder

From facial fracture-mending “bone tape” to counterfeit-stymieing authentication technology, the ingenuity of University of Toronto startups was on full display Thursday during an Entrepreneurship Week event held at the MaRS Discovery District. Dozens of U of T entrepreneurs staffed booths in MaRS’s airy indoor concourse on College Street as part of the True Blue Expo. They … Read More

True Blue Fund will support early-stage startups at U of T

Entrepreneurs and their early-stage startups at the University of Toronto will soon have access to a new financial support fund worth up to $5 million. Called the True Blue Fund, the new program announced today provides philanthropists a way to support U of T’s entrepreneurship and innovation activities. The university is committing $2.5 million to match donations to … Read More

A deal with the Raptors: U of T dance-tech startup builds industry cred

From centre court at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, the future looks bright for Axel Villamil and StageKeep, his dance choreography startup. A hip hop dancer himself, Villamil has spent much of the past year using the startup’s app to help the Toronto Raptors dance squad perfect its routines. The app, developed at the University of Toronto, promises to … Read More

‘This is what I wanted to do’: Happy Pops founder on the challenges of being a young, female entrepreneur

Six months after landing a deal on Dragons’ Den, Leila Keshavjee’s Happy Pops startup – forged with the help of the University of Toronto’s entrepreneurship network – is poised to move into more grocers’ freezers across the country. “We will continue to do our events and catering, but we will also be expanding more into retail – I … Read More

The content ‘factory’: How U of T alumnus Allen Lau is disrupting the way books, movies and TV shows are made

When Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen founded Wattpad back in 2006, the two University of Toronto alumni were focused on building an e-reader app for the Motorola Razr flip phone and its competitors. But it wasn’t long before Lau, the startup’s CEO, spotted a much bigger opportunity.

Entrepreneurship Week 2019: Ten U of T startups to watch

Supported by nine different incubator and accelerator hubs spread across three campuses, University of Toronto startups and the entrepreneurs behind them are pushing the boundaries in industries ranging from foodstuffs to health care. Over the past decade, U of T has helped launch or grow more than 500 research-based companies that have generated a collective $1-billion investment. Those … Read More

A place for space? U of T startup builds out a global satellite network – from downtown Toronto

Located above a strip of Spadina Avenue populated by nail salons, currency exchange vendors and a leather supply store, the fourth-floor office of Kepler Communications looks like that of any other tech startup – exposed heating ducts, open concept layout, a large conference table for meetings. That is, until you spot the control room. Inside the glass … Read More

Nine U of T startups who have raised big money

From drug discovery to helping entertainment companies develop the next hit TV show, entrepreneurs associated with the University of Toronto are solving key issues for some of the world’s biggest industries. Others are hoping to forge brand new industries of their own. No surprise then that many of their startups are attracting significant sums of … Read More

Run by brother-sister team, this U of T startup is leading Big Pharma out of the dark

It was a little over two years ago when Saara Punjani and her brother, Ali Punjani, made their first sale to a multinational drug company from a “random meeting room” at the University of Toronto’s Bahen Centre. At the time, Structura Biotechnology was barely even a startup. But what the Punjanis lacked in airy office space … Read More

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab to expand to University of Oxford

The Creative Destruction Lab is going global. The seed-stage accelerator developed at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has struck a deal with the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to bring its unique startup-building concept to entrepreneurs on the other side of the pond. Once up and running, CDL-Oxford will become the seventh … Read More