• Singapore gains momentum in arms race for currency trading hub status

    July 23, 2017 Singapore’s embrace of fintech and its growing status as a hub for the trade of Southeast Asian currencies are giving the city state an edge in the arms race to attract internet platforms for trading and wealth management, according to one industry expert. Oanda, an online forex trading company established in ... Read more
  • U of T sustainable food startup looks north through non-profit partnership

    July 21, 2017 A University of Toronto startup that sells vertical hydroponic growing systems has joined forces with a Ryerson University-linked non-profit to bring down the stratospheric cost of fresh fruits and vegetables in Canada’s northernmost communities. The unique partnership was forged at this year’s OCE innovation conference after Conner Tidd, a co-founder of ... Read more
  • Toronto among the fastest growing tech hubs in North America

    July 21, 2017 Toronto leaped ahead in annual North American tech talent rankings compiled by a Los Angeles-based real-estate services firm. Canada’s largest city jumped from 12th to sixth place in CBRE’s 2017 rankings, adding 22,500 tech jobs last year. That’s more than those added by San Francisco and New York combined, according to CBRE. The ... Read more
  • U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab expands, focusing on regenerative medicine

    July 19, 2017 The Creative Destruction Lab is getting into the business of healing. Professor Ajay Agrawal, the founder of the rapidly expanding startup program affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, said Wednesday that the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) will roll out “a specialization in biomed tech with a focus ... Read more
  • Stem cell conference at U of T to focus on entrepreneurship

    July 11, 2017 In the world of regenerative medicine, the recent US$225 million investment by drug giant Bayer and health-care investment firm Versant Ventures continues to loom large. The seven-month old deal to create BlueRock Therapeutics, which involves key University of Toronto researchers and will focus on cardiac and Parkinson’s treatments, is viewed by ... Read more
  • Reimagining the internet: This browser allows users to view websites in 3D

    July 11, 2017 In a room at the recent Virtual and Augmented Reality Conference and Expo in Toronto, users were experiencing a web that’s no longer stuck on a screen: A specialized browser allowed them to visit a video-sharing website that turned into a gallery, with content showing as clickable displays. The user, donning ... Read more
  • U of T grad receives Governor General’s Gold Medal for work in AI and health care

    July 7, 2017 Katie Fraser‘s work in computational linguistics bridges artificial intelligence with health care. She and her startup colleagues at WinterLight Labs hope to improve Canadians’ lives with tools for the early detection of dementia. The PhD graduate is now being recognized with the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, one of the most ... Read more
  • Summer school for startups at U of T

    July 4, 2017 The startup world moves pretty fast. At least, that was Alicia Jarosz‘s experience. The graduate student at the University of Toronto recently enrolled in the Impact Centre’s Techno bootcamp – one of several entrepreneurship programs being run at U of T over the summer months. She hoped to to build a diet-oriented smartphone app. One ... Read more
  • Report: 38 percent of Canadian tech firms place marketing operations in the US

    June 30, 2017 A  new study by the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto suggests that Canadian marketing leaders are less experienced than their US counterparts. The study, The CMO Search: Where are Canada’s Chief Marketing Officers?, looked at the employment patterns of Canadian and US tech companies identified by CB Insights as ... Read more
  • Canada’s biggest bank envisions Toronto as a ‘global destination for AI research’

    June 27, 2017 Four University of Toronto researchers took home three research prizes, worth a combined $75,000, at the recent launch of the RBC Research Institute in Toronto – a collaboration with U of T. The three RBC research prizes were awarded to Glenn Gulak, Gerald Penn, Cosmin Munteanu and Varun Perumal for their ... Read more