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  • Mentor spotlight: An interview with ICUBE mentor Linda Kern

    July 19, 2019 A trusted and experienced advisor is often necessary in order to grow both personally and professionally. Recently, the topic of mentorship was discussed with ICUBE mentor and founder of The Kern Group, Linda Kern, who spoke about her role at ICUBE, the importance of mentorship, and offered valuable advice for ... Read more
  • Companies look to cash in on out-of-this-world profits in new space economy

    July 17, 2019 Fifty years after Apollo 11, the space race has changed from a Cold War, state-funded contest to privately backed economic competition as companies and venture capitalists race to snag their piece of the universe’s next great business opportunity, one that some suggest could one day be worth $1 trillion US ... Read more
  • Facebook’s only Canadian Libra partner talks global regulation concerns, plans to shape the cryptocurrency

    July 17, 2019 The only Canadian organization Facebook has signed up for its Libra digital currency expects domestic policymakers to follow the lead of the U.S. and the U.K. in regulating the token. “We don’t see any reason why Canada would be meaningfully different than the much bigger markets,” said Sonia Sennik, executive ... Read more
  • U of T entrepreneur to put reliable power in the hands of Nigeria’s people

    July 3, 2019 Olugbenga Olubanjo remembers fist-pumping in celebration on Victoria Day when he found out his startup had won an award of US$10,000. Olubanjo, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Toronto, and his team at Reeddi (pronounced “ready”) aim to bring clean, affordable and portable power to ... Read more
  • U of T Sustainability Innovation Prize showcases 10 standout projects

    June 29, 2019 On June 12, U of T Entrepreneurship hosted the 10 finalists of its inaugural Sustainability Innovation Prize for a pitch competition at ONRamp, a co-working space that supports U of T accelerators. The finalists, selected from a larger pool of applicants, each had three minutes to pitch their innovations to ... Read more
  • How Wattpad’s Allen Lau, a U of T alumnus, is taking on Hollywood

    June 27, 2019 Wattpad, a tech company founded by University of Toronto alumni Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen, is taking a data-driven approach to finding the next big thing in film, TV and book publishing. The Toronto-based startup has become a huge success since it was founded in 2006 as a social networking site ... Read more
  • U of T researcher develops smartphone app to combat memory loss

    June 27, 2019 Cognitive neuroscience researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a smartphone-based app to assist those suffering from memory loss, including those with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. CTV News spotlighted the “HippoCamera” in an interview with Morgan Barense, a faculty member in the department of psychology in the Faculty of Arts ... Read more
  • BenchSci’s total funding reaches $27 million as Gradient ups investment

    June 26, 2019 Toronto-based BenchSci, an AI biomedical startup, has raised approximately $6.7 million CAD in financing, bringing its total funding to $27 million CAD ($20 million USD). The round was led by Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI-focused venture fund. BenchSci said this round is an extension of its Series A round, the first ... Read more
  • Toronto startup Xanadu raises $32-million to help build ‘world’s most powerful computer’

    June 24, 2019 A Toronto startup aiming to build the world’s most powerful computer by harnessing the quantum properties of light has raised $32-million from leading early stage financiers in Canada and the United States. The financing for three-year-old Xanadu Quantum Technologies Inc. was led by Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) and backed ... Read more
  • UofTMed Alumni: Our foray into health care entrepreneurship, in AI and radiology

    June 24, 2019 We met in our radiology residency at U of T and bonded over our common interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning. At the time, many people saw AI as a threat, fearing it would make radiologists obsolete. But we were convinced otherwise. Both of us loved computer science and engineering (Mark ... Read more