Connect with our specialized entrepreneurship programs across the tri-campus
No matter what type of entrepreneur you are, U of T has an entrepreneurship program that can help your social enterprise or tech startup reach its highest potential. The University of Toronto is home to a variety of entrepreneurship programs serving students, alumni, and faculty from all disciplines and levels of experience. Some programs have formal intake programs and others are accepted on a rolling basis. Connect with each entrepreneurship program to learn what they do.
If you’re looking for academic courses, visit the entrepreneurship course inventory to explore courses offered this year.
Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)
Focus: Tech companies ready to launch, scalable products/services, equity value creation
Features: MentorshipEducationFunding OpportunitiesInvestor AccessMBAsTraining
The CDL is designed to provide science-based ventures with the robust business judgment they need to scale massively. It pairs objectives-based mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and investors with access to the resources of Canada’s premier business school. Advisors set specific development milestones for each business while offering advice and sometimes investment.
Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab (DCSIL)
Focus: Machine learning, artificial intelligence, data science, computational vision, security, augmented reality & virtual reality
Features: MentorshipCommercializationCompetitionEducationFunding OpportunitiesMulti-disciplinaryTraining
DCS Innovation Lab is a cross-disciplinary start-up accelerator and incubator. As an accelerator, we work with faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to develop and commercialize start-up ventures coming from U of T’s applied research teams. As an incubator, we deliver real-world experiential entrepreneurship courses that teach students from all fields how to apply their subject-matter expertise alongside lean start-up methodologies in customer and product development to create saleable prototypes for market validation.
Health Innovation Hub (H2i)
Focus: Creative solutions for health matters
Features: MentorshipCommercializationCompetitionEducationEquipmentFunding OpportunitiesInvestor AccessMulti-disciplinaryTraining
The Health Innovation Hub facilitates early-stage entrepreneurs with translation and commercialization of ideas into problem-solving designs on health matters. It works to align, connect, and leverage the significant mass of life science research expertise, facilities, programs and funds of the University and its partners towards effective and efficient health innovation ventures. H2i provides open and flexible educational and mentorship opportunities and serves as a conduit for innovation throughout the Toronto Academic Health Science Network.
Focus: Early-stage business development and commercialization
Features: MentorshipCompetitionEducationFunding OpportunitiesInvestor AccessMulti-disciplinaryTrainingWorkspace
ICUBE UTM offers early-stage business development and commercialization services as part of U of T Mississauga and the Institute for Management & Innovation. Some of the acceleration and business development services include: a collaborative space where innovative students and community partners can engage, tailored speaker sessions, an entrepreneurial curriculum, and a mentorship program.
Focus: Physical technologies
The Impact Centre is a diverse group of researchers and entrepreneurs dedicated to using science to benefit society. Through our experiential learning and startup internship programs, we build entrepreneurial skills and attitudes in hundreds of students a year. We work with students and post-doctoral fellows in science and engineering to create and scale impactful technology-based startups.
Focus: Early-stage business development and commercialization
Features: MentorshipCommercializationEducationFunding OpportunitiesInvestor AccessMulti-disciplinaryTraining
InnovED is the education incubator and home of entrepreneurship education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), UofT. At the intersection of education research, professional learning, and innovation, we apply teaching and learning sciences to develop and advance opportunities for societal improvement.
Focus: Graduate student entrepreneurs from Institute for Aerospace Studies
Features: MentorshipEducationFunding OpportunitiesMulti-disciplinaryTraining
Start@UTIAS encourages UTIAS graduate students to utilize the knowledge and skills they have gained through their education to create business startups. It offers the tools needed to create successful startups, including legal and accounting workshops, networking opportunities, capital funding, and mentorship provided by alumnus and entrepreneur Francis Shen.
Focus: New venture planning and creation grounded in the latest academic principles of business, research, and innovation.
Features: MentorshipCommercializationCompetitionEducationEquipmentFunding OpportunitiesInvestor AccessMulti-disciplinaryTrainingWorkspace
Business, research, and innovation are the foundation for The BRIDGE, UTSC Management’s campus-linked accelerator and platform for work-integrated learning. Students from all disciplines receive support and training from a renowned business faculty through the New Venture Program (NVP). Industry and community partnerships are developed to provide student experiences and solve real-world problems. The BRIDGE is where the best theory, creative applications, and aspiring minds intersect.
The Entrepreneurship Hatchery
Focus: Promote the entrepreneurial mindset in students, provide a process to create start-ups, in many industries/technologies (cleantech, fintech, work and learning, health and wellbeing and social entrepreneurship).
Features: MentorshipCompetitionEquipmentFunding OpportunitiesInvestor AccessMBAsMulti-disciplinaryTrainingWorkspace
The Entrepreneurship Hatchery offers four processes to
build start-ups: NEST, fostering the creation of startups and the
entrepreneurial mindset of U of T students; LaunchLab, enabling graduate
and faculty level research-driven startup-companies; Start@UTIAS,
University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies student-led start-up
companies; Social, enabling social impact startups (non-for profit, social
The Hub at UTSC
Focus: Early-stage innovation and entrepreneurship
Features: MentorshipCommercializationCompetitionEducationEquipmentFunding OpportunitiesMulti-disciplinaryTrainingWorkspace
The Hub at UTSC is an early-stage innovation and entrepreneurship incubator that assists U of T students and recent alumni in the creation and launch of new companies. It offers mentoring, workshops, one-on-one coaching, initial funding support, and workspace. It assists with startup development, from initial idea to the first stages of revenue generation through to angel investment. Its mandate is to support initiatives campus-wide, from all disciplines.
Focus: Creation of start-up companies based on research created at the University of Toronto
Features: MentorshipCommercializationCompetitionEducationFunding OpportunitiesInvestor AccessMulti-disciplinaryTrainingWorkspace
UTEST is a startup development program for nascent companies supported in partnership by the University of Toronto Connaught Fund and MaRS Innovation. UTEST provides investments of up to $100,000 per company in addition to intensive entrepreneurial education, advisory support, and dedicated incubation space.