• U of T Engineering startup teaBOT expands across North America

    May 31, 2016 Last week, teaBOT — a U of T Engineering startup which sells robot-blended, customized cups of loose-leaf tea — opened its newest location in the very first 365 by Whole Foods Market™ store in Los Angeles. There are now six teaBOTs in operation across North America, and the company has ... Read more
  • Toronto raised, world ready: two U of T startups receive funding to expand to international markets

    May 31, 2016 The digital revolution has made it easier than ever to conduct business internationally but the internet can never fully replace face-to-face communication. That’s why the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) have created GlobalStart, a funding program that gives young startups the opportunity to take their businesses international by removing funding barriers ... Read more
  • Unpacking entrepreneurship with U of T alumna and startup co-founder Christina Cai

    May 30, 2016 For Christina Cai, being an entrepreneur is like constantly shedding a layer of skin: it’s painstaking, it’s gruesome and it’s deliberate. “Innovation is not accidental, it doesn’t matter how many stories say it is,” said Cai. “Billion dollar unicorn companies don’t just happen because someone needed help paying the rent then boom: ... Read more
  • London’s calling for U of T startup that’s changing the way students write essays

    May 26, 2016 The ominous black line blinks steadily against a white backdrop. The words aren’t flowing and the clock keeps ticking towards the due date. We’ve all been there. Writer’s block affects everyone at some point in their lives. Now thanks to EssayJack, a start up founded by University of Toronto alumni, there’s ... Read more
  • Student entrepreneurs talk shop with Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor

    May 18, 2016 It’s not every day that eager student entrepreneurs get to sit down and talk with a representative of Her Majesty the Queen about the challenges of growing their fledgling businesses. But current and former University of Toronto students Dikshant Batra (Nova Sentio); Christina Cai (Knowtions); Ryan Doherty (; Bin Liu (iMerciv); and Rhea ... Read more
  • Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) Partners in Peel collaborates to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

    May 18, 2016 Entrepreneurs from the GTA and beyond met at the Innovation Complex at the University of Toronto Mississauga as The Unlock Your Big Idea Pitch Competition took place on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Fourteen finalists, including three from ICUBE UTM were chosen from over 160 applications to pitch their innovative ideas ... Read more
  • Printem revolutionizes the printed circuit board

    May 18, 2016 From alarm clocks, to smartphones, to complex satellites: Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) lie at the core of all electronic devices. While crucial to electronics, PCBs are expensive, time-consuming and require the use of specialized equipment. That’s no longer the case thanks to the University of Toronto startup Printem. With just two ... Read more
  • Could C-M-P-F make diabetes G-O-N-E?

    May 18, 2016 With more than 420 million people globally diagnosed with diabetes and rising, the demand has never been greater to predict, prevent and better treat this chronic disease. Tracking – and blocking – an obscure, naturally occurring substance known as CMPF from creating havoc on pancreatic beta cells could be the key. Already, ... Read more
  • Here comes the sun for Phantin

    May 18, 2016 By 2017, it’s estimated Canada will have enough working solar panels to fill 55,000 football fields and generate 6GW of electricity each year. Across the globe, vast fields of solar panels are growing China’s solar market by more than 10 GW of power every year. Enter Cheng Lu, the brains behind Phantin, ... Read more
  • DeepBind crunches data to find patterns behind origins of disease

    May 18, 2016 The origin story of DeepBind begins like so many inventions: with a question and then a leap. Co-creators Babak Alipanahi and Andrew Delong were chewing the fat and wondering why no one had thought to marry deep machine learning with computational biology to figure out why some mutations lead to disease and why others don’t. “We ... Read more