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Creative Destruction Lab: A year in review

Want to learn more about the companies, entrepreneurs and investors active in U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab through 2014? They recently released a publication including details on the lab’s equity value creation, company profiles, some very cool infographics and more. Read the year-in-review document here…

Gallery: 40 companies offered hands-on demos at Techno’s fifth anniversary event

Link through to this great photo gallery from our friends at U of T News to see the action at Techno’s event on November 5…  

U of T startup Chematria uses ‘groundbreaking’ artificial intelligence to hunt for Ebola treatments

Mashable recently featured the timely efforts of a U of T startup called Chematria, as the company applies its artificial intelligence technology in search of treatments for Ebola. Chematria says the technology can predict effectiveness of new medicines 150 times faster than current methods. It’s already been used in relation to malaria, multiple sclerosis, leukemia, and other diseases. Read more on Mashable…

Five new startup profile videos from companies developed at U of T’s Impact Centre

Five of the companies developing with support from the Impact Centre were recently featured in a series of videos on U of T News. Below are just a few of the many entrepreneurs accessing U of T’s mentorship and supports for research-based startups.  

Scientist harnesses power of tiny particles and young minds

The ongoing achievements of one of U of T’s leading entrepreneurs – influential both as a startup founder and as an entrepreneurship mentor – were recently featured in the Globe and Mail’s ‘Risk Takers’ series. Read more about Cynthia Goh in the Globe and Mail feature…

Hult Prize quarterfinal found to be held at U of T’s Rotman School of Management

From U of T News: Last year, six University of Toronto teams made it to the regional finals of the Hult Prize– an annual competition where teams of university students develop innovative ideas to solve the world’s biggest social problems, such as non-communicable diseases and malnutrition. Those regional finals took place in London, Dubai, Boston, … Read More

Here’s something founders will need to overcome: networking can make some feel “dirty,” says a new study from Rotman, Harvard

For entrepreneurs, attending meetups, making cold-calls and jumping headlong into conversations with strangers is all part of the territory. But maybe it makes you feel a bit gross to do so? Well, you’re not alone. A new study from U of T’s Tiziana Casciaro and co-authors from Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management, says … Read More

Three Rotman MBA graduates named as Canada’s top female entrepreneurs

From the Rotman media centre: Toronto – 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. “We’re extremely proud of our graduates and their success in their careers as entrepreneurs and business leaders,” says Rod Lohin, Executive … Read More

Bionym raises $14 million for heartbeat-sensing wearable to replace passwords, key cards

Congratulations to U of T spinoff Bionym, which just nabbed $14 in investment from industry leaders including Ignition Partners, Relay Ventures and Mastercard. Read the story here…

Breaking research out of the lab: Canada doesn’t lack innovators, it lacks entrepreneurial innovators

OTI Lumionics is a startup founded in U of T research and developed with help from the Creative Destruction Lab, the Banting & Best Centre, and other university-based supports. Recently, co-founder Michael Helander wrote a compelling argument for the nature of university-based entrepreneurship in Canada – what it’s like now, and where it should be going. … Read More