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AI and automation in the arts

Adam Hammond of English and Music’s Catherine Moore discuss AI’s influence on the arts, mentioning DCSIL’s AI and music program. (TVO: The Agenda – Part 1) (TVO: The Agenda – Part 2) (TVO: The Agenda – Part 3) (TVO: The Agenda – Part 4) 

Five U of T startups to watch

Entrepreneurship@UofT Week featured 70 startups. STEFAN KOLLENBERG/THE VARSITY Entrepreneurship Week took place last week at the MaRS Discovery District and showcased the thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem at U of T. Attendees were treated to the Startup Showcase, which highlighted emerging companies; a talk by Arlene Dickinson of Dragons’ Den; and the RBC Pitch Competition. “Our vision … Read More

SF tech startup Atomwise gets $45M for AI-powered drug design software

A Silicon Valley software company that’s using artificial intelligence to take the guess work out of structure-based drug design is trotting out a sizable Series A round this morning. The deal includes investors that run the gamut, from tech to biopharma to agrochemicals. The company is called Atomwise, and it’s hauling in $45 million in … Read More

Atomwise Raises $45M To Grow AI-Driven Drug Discovery Business

Atomwise, a San Francisco startup that’s using artificial intelligence to hunt for compounds that could make effective new drugs, announced today that it raised a $45 million Series A round. The small company, founded in 2012, mines the accumulated data about biochemical interactions to search for molecules with the properties needed to block faulty processes … Read More

Atomwise, which uses AI to improve drug discovery, raises $45M Series A

Atomwise, which uses deep learning to shorten the process of discovering new drugs, has raised a $45 million Series A. The round was led by Monsanto Growth Ventures, Data Collective (DCVC) and B Capital Group. Baidu Ventures, Tencent and Dolby Family Ventures, which are all new investors in Atomwise, also participated, as well as returning … Read More

Dance app developed at U of T takes some big steps

StageKeep, an app created by two University of Toronto alumni that helps choreographers map out their routines, is making some big moves in the dance world. Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment has expressed interest in using the app for its Raptors Dance Pak after it was recently used by a dance school for a halftime performance at … Read More

U of T startups draw on research, ingenuity at Entrepreneurship Week pitch competition

The first mass-produced electric wheelchair hit the market in the mid-1950s – invented by University of Toronto engineering alumnus George Klein to help veterans returning from the war. Now, more than 60 years later, U of T post-doctoral researcher Pooja Viswanathan is taking the baton by trying to make motorized wheelchairs safer and more practical. … Read More

‘The only thing stopping you from huge success is you,’ Dickinson tells entrepreneurs at U of T event

More than 50 startup companies with connections to the University of Toronto were on display today at the MaRS Discovery District – and entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star Arlene Dickinson had a pointed message for their founders and employees. “The only thing stopping you from huge success is you,” Dickinson told a packed auditorium. She added … Read More

U of T Entrepreneurship Week: 10 startups to watch

As a leading research institution with nine accelerators, it should come as no surprise the University of Toronto is a hotbed of startup activity. Over the past five years, more than 150 companies have been created. In total, they’ve generated more than $500 million in investment. So, with Entrepreneurship Week under way, here are 10 … Read More

Entrepreneur of the Week: Emile Maamary, Steadiwear

Steadiwear is the creator of a stabilizing smartglove designed to minimize the impact of hand tremors. Although the glove is not yet available for purchase, the team has demoed their product at a variety of venues and was recently chosen to participate in the 2018 MassChallenge TX.  We talked to Emile Maamary, co-founder and CEO, … Read More