• Dragons’ Den investors back U of T startup Adrenalease Inc.

    November 20, 2015 This week, Noureddin Chahrour tamed three dragons on CBC’s Dragons’ Den − securing a $90,000 investment in exchange for 30 percent of his startup,Adrenalease Inc. The recent University of Toronto grad entered the Den asking for $60,000 in exchange for a 20 percent stake in his company and its flagship product: the ... Read more
  • U of T Engineering startup Deep Genomics secures $5M in seed funding

    November 19, 2015 Deep Genomics, the startup company founded by Professor Brendan Frey and his group in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has just announced $5 million ($3.7 million USD) in seed financing. The company, launched in July 2015, aims to revolutionize genomic medicine by applying advanced ... Read more
  • Tiny device from U of T startup helps blind and partially sighted people navigate daily life

    November 10, 2015 There’s a story behind the Buzzclip – a clip-on device that detects obstacles in the path of blind and partially sighted people and uses vibration to alert them to obstructions ahead. And the story begins in India. That’s where Arjun Mali spent years volunteering with his family at a blind school and orphanage. His late grandmother was ... Read more
  • Solar-powered lamp from U of T to transform lives in Philippines

    November 5, 2015 Thanks to U of T’s Impact Centre, people in rural parts of the Philippines may soon get access to something that the western world takes for granted: being able to walk into a dark room, flick a switch and get instant light. Professor Cynthia Goh, the Centre’s director, said rural areas of ... Read more
  • Meet undergrad Frank Gu, one of the U of T interns lighting up Nanoleaf

    November 4, 2015 How does a second-year undergraduate student nab a coveted internship with a global lighting startup like Nanoleaf? It helps to offer critical thinking, creativity and boundless energy – but having the boss share your intellectually impressive hobby doesn’t hurt. When Nanoleaf CEO Gimmy Chu met electrical and computer engineering student Frank Gu, he discovered that the young applicant was a member ... Read more
  • Social entrepreneurship explained

    November 2, 2015 If you’ve heard the term “social entrepreneur” and wondered what it means, you’re not alone. The latest book from business innovation and strategy guru Roger Martin, institute director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and former dean of U of T’s Rotman School of Management, offers more than a primer for lay ... Read more
  • Nanoleaf launches new product for Apple home system

    October 27, 2015 Nanoleaf, the fast-growing startup from University of Toronto alumni, launched a new product Oct. 27 tied to Apple’s HomeKit line. “We’ve received Apple’s approval to join the HomeKit ecosystem,” said Nanoleaf spokesperson Leslie Chen. The Nanoleaf Smarter Kit combines “the world’s most energy efficient smart bulb” and a stylish, connected hub with Apple’s Siri-enabled ... Read more
  • Faster, more accurate translations of complex, scientific papers in any language?

    October 27, 2015 Companies wishing to translate regular business documents into other languages can easily find a number of professional services and software tools online. But for those that need to translate highly complex materials on a specialized topic – a medical publisher, say, or pharmaceutical company – the task is much trickier. Not only do ... Read more
  • The search for Canada’s “Next 36” most talented young innovators culminates at U of T

    October 16, 2015 Every year, the best and the brightest students from across Canada apply to become one of “The Next 36”, but only 36 high-impact innovators and entrepreneurs will make the cut. Over the past month, The Next 36 team has been visiting university campuses across Canada in search of the highest quality of ... Read more
  • Fashion startup fits like a glove for undergrad entrepreneur

    October 9, 2015 The University of Toronto might not offer a fashion program, but its young entrepreneurs are combining their undergrad education with design savvy to launch styles hitting the streets this winter. “I love to design and I am fascinated by clean details and natural colours,” says Ameek Brar, a fourth-year undergraduate taking the ... Read more