Funding Opportunities

Many of the University’s entrepreneurship programs introduce startups to potential industry investors. U of T and its partners also offer funding opportunities for both budding and established entrepreneurs.

Buy Blue Program

U of T-affiliated startups selling to U of T entities can access funds provided by the Provost aimed at accelerating our startup’s products and services to the marketplace.

RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Annual business pitch competition awarding $50,000 to recognize, reward and accelerate U of T’s innovative technologies and startups during Entrepreneurship@UofT Week in March.

U of T – Borealis AI Post-Doctoral and Graduate Fellowships

U of T Post-Docs and Graduate students can be awarded $50,000 to assist in their research and professional development in the areas of AI, machine learning, advanced data analysis, and/or security.

Connaught Innovation Awards

U of T faculty are eligible to receive up to $100,000 to help with technology development, commercialization and knowledge transfer.

Hatchery Summer Fellowships and Prototype Funding

Participants of the Hatchery have the opportunity to receive summer fellowships to work on their business idea, or support from the prototype fund to develop a minimum viable product.

OCE SmartStart Seed Fund

Students involved in one of U of T’s accelerators are eligible to apply for funding to seed company growth or to develop their entrepreneurship skills.

MaRS Funding Portal

MaRS offers a range of products and services to help companies find funding to grow.

UTEST Start-up Funding

UTEST provides nascent software companies with $30,000 start-up funding, office space in the MaRS Discovery District facility, mentoring and business strategy support.