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These student entrepreneurs are one of more than 100 teams applying to the Hatchery

Point 37 was born late at night in a pizza shop. It was there that first-year students Tanvir Shahriar, Sadman Hasan and Mubtaseem Zaman, all from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, and actuarial science student Farhad Siddique started tossing around ideas for how big data can improve daily life. The team decided … Read More

‘This town is special’: How Toronto – and U of T – emerged as an innovation hotspot

There was a time when building a successful Toronto startup meant eventually decamping to Silicon Valley – if for no other reason than to boost credibility in the eyes of deep-pocketed American investors. Not anymore. “When you talk to people in the U.S., they’re increasingly familiar with Toronto,” says Liam Kaufman, co-founder and CEO of … Read More

U of T’s applied computing expertise attracts Toronto’s tech and startup scene

ModiFace, ROSS Intelligence and WinterLight Labs were just a few of the University of Toronto startups on campus last week, alongside established tech names including Autodesk, IBM and Ubisoft Toronto, pitching their applied research projects to the cohort of master’s students in applied computing. Nearly 60 startups and companies took part in the program’s internship fair … Read More

‘It’s really shocking’: U of T alumna and entrepreneur on the tech industry’s lack of gender diversity

Huda Idrees thought she entered the male-dominated tech industry with her eyes wide open. But the University of Toronto engineering alumna says she was totally unprepared for what she found. “I’ve actually been in situations where my employer has tried to pay a male subordinate of mine more money than me,” says Idrees, who has worked … Read More

Toronto Incubators and Accelerators Ranked Among World’s Top University-Backed Launchpads for Startups

​The DMZ at Ryerson University, University of Toronto Entrepreneurship, York Entrepreneurship Development Institute, and The Accelerator Centre are ranked among the world’s top university-linked business incubators and accelerators by UBI Global. UBI Global, the Stockholm-based research and advisory firm known for its regional and global studies that map and evaluate the world of business incubation, … Read More

Ryerson, U of T, York startup launchpads ranked among top university business incubators, accelerators (Yahoo)

Toronto is proving to be a hot spot for boosting businesses, with three local incubators and accelerators now ranked among the world’s top university-backed launchpads for startup companies. ​The DMZ at Ryerson University, known for supporting Canadian tech startups like marketing company #paid, credit education company Borrowell, and photography website 500PX, has been ranked the top university-managed tech incubator in the world, … Read More

Ryerson, U of T, York startup launchpads ranked among top university business incubators, accelerators

Toronto is proving to be a hot spot for boosting businesses, with three local incubators and accelerators now ranked among the world’s top university-backed launchpads for startup companies. ​The DMZ at Ryerson University, known for supporting Canadian tech startups like marketing company #paid, credit education company Borrowell, and photography website 500PX, has been ranked the top university-managed tech incubator in the world, … Read More

U of T Entrepreneurship ranked among the best university-managed business incubators

The University of Toronto is among the top five best global universities for fostering startups, says UBI Global, a Stockholm-based research and advisory firm that ranks top business incubators and accelerators. “This is amazing news and an important recognition of the growing international status of our entrepreneurship community at U of T,” said Vivek Goel, vice-president of … Read More

Changing tack: How U of T startup Nymi found an unexpected, but lucrative niche

Nymi, a University of Toronto startup, made a big splash five years ago when it first unveiled a wristband that uses people’s heartbeats to wirelessly log them into iPhones, iPads and other devices – no passwords needed. There was just one problem. “For a person to not just buy it, but wear it all day, it would … Read More

U of T startup developing safer, more effective cancer drugs

Though Canadians knew it was coming, Gord Downie’s death still came as a shock. The lead singer of The Tragically Hip, a band almost as beloved in this country as hockey, succumbed last fall to the incurable brain cancer – glioblastoma – he was diagnosed with three years and one teary-eyed, cross-Canada tour earlier. But, if Diana Kraskouskaya has … Read More