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Landmark $100-million gift to the University of Toronto from Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman will power Canadian innovation and help researchers explore the intersection of technology and society

The new Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre will turbocharge the next wave of Canadian innovation, advancing how AI, biomedicine and other disruptive technologies can enrich lives Thanks to an historic gift to the University of Toronto from Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman, the soon-to-be built Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre will accelerate innovation in Toronto and Canada by creating the country’s largest … Read More

Cameron Schuler on luck, success, generating interest

Life as an entrepreneur is often a far cry from the rocket-like spring to success that Steve Jobs and various other lucrative garage-based startups have experienced. The reality is evident in that very few new startups succeed beyond initiation — far from the Hollywood fantasy many of us think of. During U of T’s Entrepreneurship … Read More

Five standout U of T startups to watch

On March 21, U of T held the True Blue Expo, the capstone event of Entrepreneurship Week. Hosted in the MaRS Discovery District, over 60 startups had the opportunity to showcase their work, while businesses and the public were given the opportunity to network with some great startups.

Nanology Labs, Cohesys claim top honours at RBC pitch competition

The silence that hung over the MaRS Auditorium after Mohammad Ali Amini had finished his five-minute Nanology Labs pitch spoke volumes. It was not, by any means, an apprehensive or awkward silence — instead it was one of appreciation for his startup’s ambitions that demarcated his pitch from the rest. This time, the seven-minute Q&A … Read More

Shana Kelley on founding, developing life science startups

U of T professor, scientist, and entrepreneur Shana Kelley shared her experiences in launching three medical diagnostics startups during her Entrepreneurship Week talk “From concept to acquisition and back again.” Kelley, who is cross-appointed to several departments including Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, presented two guiding principles for starting a successful life science startup. The first … Read More

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

2019 RBC Prize Winners

Announcing the 2019 RBC Prize for Innovation & Entrepreneurship winners. Ten cutting-edge University of Toronto student startup teams competed in RBC Prize for Innovation & Entrepreneurship – our largest pitch competition of the year – on March 21, 2019 as part of the True Blue Expo. The annual RBC Prize offers $50,000 in prizes to recognize, reward, and accelerate … 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