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University of Toronto breaks ground on new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

On June 24, U of T Engineering alumni, faculty, students and staff gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE). Expected to open in 2017, the building will be the beginning of a new era for engineering research and education in the Faculty.

Singing sticker start-up aims to improve kid’s literacy in impoverished communities

A child-friendly handheld device that makes inanimate objects talk and sing is part of a University of Toronto startup’s strategy to improve vocabulary and communication skills for young children in impoverished communities. “We wanted to create something that was play-based,” said U of T alumna Aisha Bukhari, a co-founder of Attollo Social Enterprise, the team … Read More

Twitter buys Whetlab, artificial intelligence and machine learning startup

Twitter has scooped up a machine-learning startup called Whetlab, launched by several alumni and a PhD student from the University of Toronto. Twitter announced the acquisition June 17, 2015.

UTSC’s “The Hub” gives student apps a starting place

Ever wish you could check your phone to see what events are going on around you? Ravi Ravindran has an app for that. Want a smart music player that is influenced by your environment and your friends? Kenneth Leung is part of a team working on it. Or what if you could binge-enter dozens of … Read More

Startup Atomwise raises $6 million to leverage artificial intelligence for drug discovery

Atomwise, an alumni startup harnessing artificial intelligence for drug discovery in diseases ranging from malaria to multiple sclerosis, has raised US$6 million in seed funding. The Wall Street Journal reports that investments came from a collection of science-focused venture capital firms, including Data Collective and AME Cloud. Atomwise also recently announced partnerships with industry players … Read More

New tech to watch: from grad research to market-ready products

Watching a lung transplant at Toronto General Hospital five years ago, alumnus Geoff Frost noticed a problem: keeping lungs alive outside the body requires large, cumbersome machinery that monopolizes hospital space. “It takes up an entire operating room,” says Frost, an alumnus from both U of T’s Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and Faculty … Read More

Want to ace your dentistry or medical school application?

Joel Meyerson takes education seriously – so seriously, in fact, that he’s launched two startups from his experiences in U of T’s Faculty of Dentistry to help others become dentists, too. “We have a mission,” says Meyerson, who graduates this spring, “to be a student service first and a business second.”

3 Rotman MBA grads named as Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs

For the second consecutive year three graduates of MBA programs at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have been named to the PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 ranking of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs. Gina Rizhanovsky, President & CEO of PCMusic, an on-demand music, video, and AV provider for businesses reached the top ten in the ranking … Read More

How to build a startup that succeeds: 6 tips from DemoCamp at U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab

Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and industry analysts from across the country gathered at the University of Toronto May 12 for the DemoCamp showcase hosted by Creative Destruction Lab. The event highlighted hard-earned insights from investors and entrepreneurs through 30 product demos, 12 startup pitches, insider tips from angel investor Haig Farris, a presentation from innovator Steve … Read More

The art and science of entrepreneurship: this PhD in classics is bringing wearable tech to kids

Launching a startup that teaches kids to code by creating magic wands or bracelets may seem an unlikely career move for a PhD in classics – but for University of Toronto alumnus Christopher Wallace, it’s a perfect fit. Wallace recently translated his scholarly interest in social tumult from the ancient world into a role as … Read More