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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

U of T alumni discuss entrepreneurship at Female Founders panel

Founders, innovative thought leaders, pioneers, role models: these were just some of the terms lavished upon U of T alumni-cum-entrepreneurs Leila Keshavjee, Saara Punjani, and Pooja Viswanathan at a panel event at ONRamp on the eve of International Women’s Day. Dubbed “Female Founders,” this event was the first in an annual speaker series that leverages … Read More

Innovative technology for older adults on display in Regina

You can’t stop aging, but a group of researchers is trying to make it easier. Groundbreaking technology is on display in Regina with the hope of improving independence, confidence and better care as people get older. “Stakeholders with whom we met, specifically long-term care administrators, told us that without this event, it would be extremely … Read More

Regina hosts showcase to highlight innovative technology for older adults

A two-day event organized by the AGE-WELL Network of National Centres of Excellence and the University of Regina’s Centre on Aging and Health saw researchers from across the country gather in Regina to show off innovative technologies meant to aid older adults.

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

Congratulations Phenomic AI – accepted into the C100’s 48 Hrs in the Valley program

C100, a non-profit that connects the Canadian and Silicon Valley startup ecosystems, has accepted 27 companies into the the 2019 cohort of its 48Hrs in the Valley program. The competitive annual program, which is referral-only, pairs Canadian companies with a mentor, then brings them to Silicon Valley for two days of meetings with investors and … 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