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Student-led Start-up gets Smart about Taking the Pill

The pill has given women a huge level of control over their lives. But it also requires daily diligence, as it’s yet another task to fit into already packed schedules. A new device, created by a team of U of T students is designed to help women put “control” back into their birth control. Pillsy … Read More

Hackathon a Crash Course in Health Innovation

It was a social weekend for University of Toronto master’s student Hillary Chan – but far from a relaxing one. She and over 90 people she had never met arrived at a conference room in the MaRS Discover District on a Friday in early September, where they were told to form teams. Chan, who is … Read More

U of T grads in finals for Hult Prize – with talking stickers to boost literacy for impoverished children

With a week left before Hult Prize finals at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting, U of T’s Team Attollo is gaining momentum, finding partners in India and Africa and picking up interest from educational organizations. The innovation driving all the excitement? That’s “Talking Stickers,” the system created by the team to improve literacy for impoverished children around … Read More

Four engineering student startups from this year’s Hatchery Demo Day

A more reliable way to remember birth control pills, a single tool that fixes most bike problems, and a satellite communications network that can help ensure tragedies like the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 never happen again. Students from across U of T Engineering pitched these and 10 other startup ideas at this year’s Hatchery Demo … Read More

JLABS startup incubator selects University of Toronto, MaRS for first international expansion

The University of Toronto has joined forces with the Government of Ontario, the MaRS Discovery District and Johnson & Johnson Innovation to establish the first JLABS incubator in Canada. Formally called JLABS @ Toronto, the 40,000-square-foot facility will occupy a floor of the MaRS West Tower and accommodate up to 50 startups dedicated to the … Read More

Understanding U of T’s expanded partnership with MaRS

The University of Toronto announced on September 3 an expanded partnership with MaRS, which will provide much needed laboratory space for researchers. The partnership also takes advantage of the dynamic networks MaRS has developed to support student entrepreneurship and the translation of U of T discoveries into new therapies. It will become home to several of the recently … Read More

How to be an undergrad entrepreneur at U of T: advice from alumna and Onyx Motion CEO, Marissa Wu

Marissa Wu continues to grow her smart-watch sports coaching startup, Onyx Motion, as she shuttles between New York basketball courts, Rocky Mountain startup retreats, and her office in the heart of Toronto’s thriving wearable tech scene. But the beginnings of her company? They sparked with an undergraduate friendship at U of T. (Read more about … Read More

Like a ninja: N++ video game takes N to a whole new level (make that 2,360 levels)

A project that began as an experiment while attending the University of Toronto more than a decade ago has landed Mare Sheppard and Raigan Burns a worldwide distribution deal with Sony’s Playstation. Sheppard and Burns are the creators of N++, a video game in which ninja players must avoid deadly traps and enemies, including an evil … Read More

Toronto unlocks its inner maker spirit at U of T sponsored Maker Festival

Creative displays, innovative projects and interactive workshops ignited the imaginations of children and adults alike this weekend at Maker Festival, the largest maker event in Canadian history. The two day extravaganza featured over 100 maker displays and attracted more than 10,000 curious attendees to the Toronto Reference Library’s maker-friendly space. An additional 1,000 people participated … Read More

IC-IMPACTS Summer Institute: not your usual summer camp

Indian and Canadian grad students explore entrepreneurship, technology at U of T. When people think of summer camp, they tend to think of children paddling canoes, playing soccer or learning arts and crafts. But the 47 graduate students from India and Canada who attended the IC-IMPACTS Summer Institute earlier this summer had a very different … Read More