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  • How Canadian startups are tackling the COVID-19 crisis

    April 2, 2020
    With the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declaring COVID-19 an international pandemic, nations have doubled down on “flattening the curve” of the crisis by imposing unprecedented controls on citizens to slow the spread of the virus and, therefore, save lives and relieve exhausted healthcare systems. America has banned travel from most ...
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  • Eco-lighting startup, built by U of T alumni, pivots to sourcing medical gear for hospitals

    April 1, 2020
    Two weeks ago they were making light panels. Today they’re sourcing medical equipment.  Nanoleaf, a company founded by alumni from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, has signed up to help provide medical masks, gloves and goggles amid global shortages of life-saving personal protective equipment for front-line health workers, including in the ...
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  • U of T infectious disease expert’s AI firm now part of Canada’s COVID-19 arsenal

    March 27, 2020
    On New Year’s Eve, the software company BlueDot pushed out a notification to its customers about a mysterious illness that appeared in Wuhan, China.  The start-up, which grew out of Dr. Kamran Khan’s research at the University of Toronto, combines natural language processing and machine learning to gather insights on the emergence ...
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  • U of T Engineering students create online map to help track the spread of COVID-19

    March 26, 2020
    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada, Shrey Jain and his University of Toronto classmates received notice that all their courses were moving online two weeks ago – and they saw an opportunity. Jain is the leader of Flatten.ca, a volunteer-driven push to leverage big data in the fight against COVID-19. In just over ...
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  • Firm led by U of T alumnus joins fight against COVID-19 with portable test kit

    March 25, 2020
    A University of Toronto alumnus is behind a biotech firm that could soon be bringing portable COVID-19 tests to communities across the country — and ultimately around the world.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced the federal government is working with Spartan Bioscience — led by CEO Paul Lem — to adapt the Centers ...
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  • U of T and IIT Bombay to launch entrepreneurship program, shared innovation pipeline

    March 12, 2020
    The University of Toronto and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) are developing a new entrepreneurship program that will strengthen ties between the innovation ecosystems in Canada and India, benefitting startups in both countries. The partnership will see the two top-ranked universities implement exchange programs for budding entrepreneurs, support research ...
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  • Delivering the goods: Customer acquires UTM student startup

    March 12, 2020
    A U of T Mississauga student startup that uses crowdsourcing to deliver goods to small businesses has been acquired by its biggest customer. Blip Delivery, founded in 2018 by UTM students affiliated with ICUBE’s accelerator program, is the Uber of deliveries, says co-founder and CEO Srikanth Srinivas, who is in his ...
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  • Plastic that saves the planet? U of T startup’s novel resin helps industry go green

    March 11, 2020
    Nuha Siddiqui was browsing a World Economic Forum report on the future of the plastics industry when she came across an ominous prediction. “It stated that by 2050, there would be more plastic than fish in the ocean,” Siddiqui recalls. That was back in 2016, when Siddiqui was a second-year Rotman Commerce student at ...
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  • U of T Entrepreneurship Week: 10 startups to watch

    March 10, 2020
    From speeding the discovery of life-saving drugs to reducing the amount of plastic clogging the oceans, University of Toronto entrepreneurs and their startups are engaged in tackling some of the most pressing challenges of the day. Over the past decade, U of T has nurtured 500 startups that have secured some ...
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  • How U of T startup Shield Crypto Systems helps keep valuable data safe

    March 9, 2020
    Data breaches not only endanger people’s privacy and financial information, they can cost companies millions and inflict untold reputational damage. As a PhD student at the University of Toronto, Alhassan Khedr worked on a technology known as “fully homorphic encryption” that can be used to better protect valuable encrypted information. 
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