• Poverty can both hinder and stimulate entrepreneurial creativity, says U of T prof

    April 10, 2016 Does poverty hinder or encourage market creativity? That’s the question Laura Doering, an assistant professor at U of T’s Rotman School of Management, set out to answer when she traveled to Panama to interview poor entrepreneurs. Doering’s research was recently written up in the Sunday New York Times and will soon be published in ... Read more
  • University of Toronto and RBC create startup accelerator for young innovators

    April 5, 2016 The University of Toronto and the Royal Bank of Canada today announced ONRamp, a major new initiative that will help support Canada’s innovative entrepreneurs. Located in the Banting & Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (BBCIE), ONRamp will provide new collaborative workspaces for students, entrepreneurs and startup companies to support them ... Read more
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs combine artificial intelligence and medicine at U of T

    April 1, 2016 Imagine you’re one of the 50,000 people in Ontario addicted to opioids. You have a panic attack in the middle of the night. You may live in a remote area with little access to counselling services — but even if you have regular access to a therapist, no one’s around ... Read more
  • Hacking Food: U of T initiative tackles food security in Canada’s largest city

    March 15, 2016 Imagine if Toronto became the first large city in the world where everyone could access healthy, delicious, affordable food within walking distance 365 days a year. Recently, U of T students, faculty and staff, and community partners came together to make the first steps of that vision a reality through a ... Read more
  • Professor Cynthia Goh named academic director of BBCIE

    March 13, 2016 Professor M. Cynthia Goh, scientist, educator and serial entrepreneur, has been selected as the inaugural academic director for the University of Toronto’s Banting & Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (BBCIE). “The world has changed, and while we provide an excellent fundamental education, our students could use more,” said Goh.“U of T ... Read more
  • This global affairs course lets U of T students develop actual government policies

    March 11, 2016 It’s not unusual for university students to develop proposals for governments or businesses as part of their classwork. It’s less usual for those organizations to actually implement such policies. But that’s what will happen for at least two student groups in Dan Breznitz’s Innovation, Institutions, Governments and Growth class at the University ... Read more
  • Federal government backs three U of T startups and their clean tech innovations

    March 11, 2016 Thee U of T startups are among 36 projects from across the country receiving funding from the federal government in support of their clean technology innovations. Nanoleaf, QD Solar and ARDA Power Inc. received a total of almost $6 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a governmental foundation which helps clean tech entrepreneurs ... Read more
  • ‘Person-on-a-chip’ — U of T engineers create lab-grown heart and liver tissue for drug testing and more

    March 7, 2016 Researchers at U of T Engineering have developed a new way of growing realistic human tissues outside the body. Their “person-on-a-chip” technology, called AngioChip, is a powerful platform for discovering and testing new drugs, and could eventually be used to repair or replace damaged organs. Professor Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE), graduate ... Read more
  • Robotic Rehab: Start-up Helps Kids with Cerebral Palsy

    March 4, 2016 Cerebral palsy, which can affect a person’s body movement and muscle coordination, is one of the most common congenital disorders of childhood. Research has shown that walking can help facilitate neuro-development in kids with the condition, but there are few inexpensive ways to do this. A new start-up at U ... Read more
  • Multidisciplinary capstone project: App helps firefighters track hazard exposure

    March 4, 2016 Smartphones could soon join axes, ladders and helmets as indispensable tools of the firefighting trade, thanks to a group of recent graduates from U of T Engineering. While still undergraduate students, they developed an app that can help firefighters take control of their health by tracking the hazards they are ... Read more