A virtual holiday marketplace like no other! Discover the most giftable items made by U of T startups.

Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or Winter Solstice, we’ve rounded up the most giftable products and services by U of T startups. Follow along on social from December 1-12 for our daily spotlight featuring a U of T startup or browse from our curated list of companies below.


For the self-care enthusiast

Quintescent

Take your senses across the Indian Ocean region and enhance your mood by purifying your space with Quintescent’s premium essential oil blends.

Co-founded by sisters Noorène and Elya Djaffar
Accelerator affiliation: The BRIDGE

Natural Organic Matters (NORM)

Made in Canada with nothing but natural ingredients. NORM’s almond balm is handcrafted with natural ingredients making it the perfect go-to product for locking moisture. Their products work great for those with dry or sensitive skin.

Founded by Chevon Riley
Accelerator affiliation: The Hub

For the happy home

Just Vertical

Start growing this holiday season with Just Vertical. Their beautifully designed vertical gardens will fit seamlessly into any home. With its indoor vertical garden, Just Vertical empowers you to grow leafy greens, herbs, flowers, and vegetables, year-round in your home.

Founded by Conner Tidd and Kevin Jakiela
Accelerator affiliation: ICUBE and Centre for Entrepreneurship

Nanoleaf

Looking to add a new dimension to your interior decor? Nanoleaf is a technology and IoT company changing the world with the most innovative smart home solutions, taking ordinary experiences and making them extraordinary. By infusing thoughtful design and technological intelligence in their products, Nanoleaf is ushering in a new era of the smart home that centres around complete personalization.

Founded by U of T alumnus Gimmy Chu

Sleepout

For the new parent in your life, or friend who just LOVES sleeping. This is it. Sleepout creates a patented portable blackout curtain that installs anywhere and completely darkens a room for better sleep in seconds. It is also Greenguard® and OEKO-TEX® certified free from harmful chemicals and substances, so families can rest easy.

Co-founded by U of T alumna Hannah Brennan

For the fitness fanatic

IBUCHI

Looking for the perfect gift for the athlete in your life? Check out IBUCHI. IBUCHI creates activewear inspired by African prints and embodies the African spirit of resilience, strength and beauty.

Founded by Ifeoma Amaech
Accelerator affiliation: The Hub

Scoops Supplements

Stay fit and healthy for the new year with Scoops Supplements. Scoops allows you to purchase high-quality sports supplements in customizable quantities, so you’ll be able to introduce diversity into your assortment of supplements.

Founded by Josh Bodenstein
Accelerator affiliation: The Hub and The BRIDGE

For ever-lasting moments

Blueclouds Photography

Give a gift that lasts forever with an e-gift card from Blueclouds Photography, which specializes in portrait and event photography.

Founded by U of T student Enem Odeh

For four-legged friends

HOPE Pet Food

No holiday shopping list is complete without a treat for your furry friend! HOPE Pet Food is on a mission to use science and kindness to make radically better and sustainable pet food. Their all-women team of scientists and nutrition experts looked high and low for the most nutrient-dense, responsible novel ingredients, and are excited to introduce you to HOPE!

Founded by Sofia Bonilla and Kasey Dunn
Accelerator affiliation: ICUBE

For new ways to holiday shop

Fittedfast

Skip the line, shop online with Fittedfast! Shop your favourite local stores in Toronto by browsing their collections all in one convenient online marketplace. Fittedfast is passionate about innovation in the retail sphere by providing a simple online shopping experience where your local mall rests at your fingertips.

Founded by Keturah Osinde
Accelerator affiliation: The Hub

Divebox

Would you rather shop second-hand and partake in the circular economy? Divebox is a local resale marketplace that offers the convenience of local delivery and in-app payments making it the easiest and safest way to buy & sell secondhand goods.

Founded by Yassine Bensaada
Accelerator affiliation: ICUBE

HeyGenius

HeyGenius is a startup marketplace that creates a non-competitive and unique environment for small and startup businesses to be able to grow and sell their products on a very low commission rate. It provides incubators a platform to not only advertise about themselves, but also help promote their startups by providing Incubator wide giftcards that can be spent on all of their startups.

Founded by Mohammad Tahvili
Accelerator affiliation: ICUBE

Envly

Envly is your digital sustainable mall. Users can easily discover, buy and sell various sustainable products with a tap of a button. With its carefully curated categories and intentional listing process, Envly removes the guesswork for our users and propels them to kickstart their sustainable living journey.

Founded by Faizah Balogun, Tolu Alebiosu and Tomiwa Balogun
Accelerator affiliation: ICUBE

Inwit

Inwit allows you to take climate action while enjoying local bites! Inwit is Toronto’s first Zero Waste Food App. It is an innovative solution to single-use waste. A marketplace that encompasses a reusable container borrowing system, rewards system and a food ordering platform, all tracked by NFC technology.

Founded by Erica Reyes
Accelerator affiliation: ICUBE

For the holiday feast

Sumer

Say hello to your new best friend during the busy holiday season! Sumer provides 15-minute grocery delivery in Toronto. The delivery service app aims for customers to receive fresh groceries at their doorstep within only 15 minutes of them placing an order. This might just be as close as you can get to groceries on-demand!

Founded by U of T Scarborough Management 4th year students Frank Chen and Mohammed Wasif

For the kids

Circular Toys

Reduce your family’s footprint by buying Circular Toys! Circular Toys is a Canadian company committed to the creation of sustainable, eco-friendly, educational, developmental and multicultural toys, games & books.

Founded by Daniel McKee and Lisa Pooley
Accelerator affiliation: ICUBE

BSGames

Looking for something to do at home in the holidays? Try board games and card games by BSGames! BSGames design games that help develop mental skills as well as social skills.

Founded by Scott Kelly
Accelerator affiliation: ICUBE

Happy holidays from U of T Entrepreneurship!