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China connection: U of T accelerator creates ‘soft landing program’ in Nanjing

The road to manufacturing a first product leads many startups to China – but figuring out where to go once there can be daunting. That’s what Bin Liu, the CEO and co-founder of mobility device startup iMerciv, discovered when he first sought out a Chinese supplier to make the plastic casing for his company’s BuzzClip, … Read More

ImmunoBiochem is haloed with angel investors after completing a new round of financing

ImmunoBiochem Corporation completes a new round of financing led by angel investors and the company’s founding investor. The corporation has expanded its operations and is now located at Johnson & Johnson, JLABS, in the heart of Toronto. The company is focused on solving tumour heterogeneity by targeting a class of proteins in the tumour microenvironment … Read More

U of T legal startup adds employment law tool to its AI-powered product portfolio

When it came time to develop his legal startup’s sophomore product, Benjamin Alarie did exactly what successful entrepreneurs are supposed to do: He listened to his customers. The University of Toronto law professor co-founded Blue J Legal in 2015, using machine learning algorithms to predict the likely outcomes of future tax law cases. He focused on tax … Read More

Innovation machine: How one U of T researcher is having an outsized impact on the health startup space

Paul Santerre recently flew to Boston to help launch a cerebral catheter that incorporates an anti-clotting polymer additive created by Interface Biologics, the company he co-founded nearly two decades ago based on his University of Toronto lab work. It was the sort of business trip that should be routine for the U of T biomaterials … Read More

With latest AI research, U of T’s Geoffrey Hinton aims to improve on earlier pioneering work: New York Times

There are bound to be critics, but deep learning “godfather” and head Google researcher Geoffrey Hinton says his latest contribution to the artificial intelligence, or AI, field could be just as important as his earlier, pioneering work. “History is going to repeat itself,” Hinton, who is also a University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto and … Read More

We need to celebrate our successes more, Tony Lacavera tells aspiring entrepreneurs at U of T

Tony Lacavera has been at the forefront Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship since launching his first startup while still an undergraduate student in computer engineering at the University of Toronto. Now, the serial entrepreneur and author says he doesn’t like the direction in which the country is heading – and he has some clear ideas of how … Read More

U of T startup Trexo Robotics takes another step forward with children’s ‘Iron Man’ exoskeleton

Just like the purposeful gait of their child-sized robotic exoskeleton, the entrepreneurs behind University of Toronto startup Trexo Robotics are propelling their young business forward one step at at time. Co-founders Manmeet Maggu and Rahul Udasi this week took first prize in a pitch competition organized by the philanthropic arm of Sunnybrook Hospital in partnership with … Read More

Move fast and break things? Not when you’re building a health-care startup: U of T entrepreneur

When it comes to the heavily regulated medical space, Robert Brooks says entrepreneurs should steer clear of the launch-it-now-fix-it-later approach favoured by the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world. “The Silicon Valley idea of ‘move fast and break things’ doesn’t work well in health care,” says the University of Toronto engineering alumnus and CEO of SensOR Medical Laboratories, … Read More

New U of T FinHub part of effort to make Toronto a ‘world leader in financial innovation’

The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management is getting into the technology game. The business school today launched the Rotman Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics, or FinHub, in an effort to spur financial innovation and entrepreneurship using potentially disruptive technologies like machine learning and blockchain. In addition to creating new classes for students, FinHub will … Read More

Mayor’s NYC trade mission a ‘powerful’ showcase of Toronto’s tech boom: U of T alumna and entrepreneur

The television show 30 Rock once joked Toronto is “just like New York but without all the stuff.” But the same can’t easily be said when comparing the two cities’ startup scenes. At least, that was what Huda Idrees took away from her recent visit to New York City as part of Toronto Mayor John … Read More