Meet startup founder Andrew Peek, speaking at tomorrow’s UTSC entrepreneurship expo

Entrepreneur and UTSC alumnus Andrew Peek has already accomplished much in his young career. Along with two other UTSC alumni, Peek co-founded Jet Cooper, one of Canada’s top software design companies. He also founded Pilot, an idea collaboration software company that was acquired along with Jet Cooper by Shopify in 2013.

Peek, who will deliver the keynote address at U of T Scarborough’s upcoming Entrepreneur Expo, spoke with writer Don Campbell about his thoughts on what it means to be a technology entrepreneur and some of the lessons he’s learned along the way.

Read Campbell’s feature on the UTSC news site…

U of T startup Onyx Motion to appear on CBC’s Next Gen Den

The U of T entrepreneurs working to improve your basketball game will soon take their own shot at a big investment: it seems the Onyx Motion team is set to appear on CBC’s Dragon’s Den spin-off, Next Gen Den.

Engineering alumni Marissa Wu and Vivek Kesarwani co-founded Onyx Motion as part of The Next 36. They recently signed on to be one of the latest cohort of UTEST companies, connecting them with funding and support from the software-focused accelerator produced jointly by U of T and MaRS Innovation.

Onyx Motion’s first product, SWISH, enables a user’s Android Wear smart-watch to record basketball shots and offer tips on focus, technique and more. The free app was included in the U of T News roundup of 2014 tech wearables.  It was also profiled in TechVibes.

And now, based on the trailer below, it looks like Onyx Motion is set to make their CBC debut. The Next Gen Den web series premieres Feb. 2, but until then you can read more about the pilot over at Betakit.

Behind the scenes with Creative Destruction Lab alum Bionym: from fledgling startup to MasterCard partnership

When U of T spinoff Bionym announced its landmark partnership with RBC and MasterCard in November, we shared a few of our favourite clippings from all the media attention it gained. (Bionym news roundup: Nymi’s payment pilot with RBC covered by Washington Post, NBC, others)

Now, writer Sophie Milman explains how Bionym developed from fresh startup to major player on the wearable tech scene – with help from U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab. This article appears in the Rotman alumni newsletter.

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Medical device seminar series

This series of workshops is presented by Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy in partnership with Rotman’s Health Care Management MBA Association (HMA) and University Health Network (UHN) Techna Institute and Technology Development and Commercialization Office.

  • These workshops will address the key strategic trends in the medical devices industry to aid working professionals as well as entrepreneurs and new entrants to the medical devices arena.
  • Topics and examples will focus on Canadian and global companies. Participation will involve focused pre-readings, together with active engagement in discussions during the sessions.
  • The workshops will be non-credit seminars, open to industry executives, graduate business and medical students. The Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy will issue a certificate of completion for attendees who participate and contribute to all four sessions.
  1. Session 1: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 6:30-8:00pm
  2. Session 2: Tuesday, Feb 3rd, 6:30-8:00pm
  3. Session 3: Tuesday, Feb 17th , 6:30-8:00pm
  4. Session 4: Tuesday, Mar 3th, 6:30-8:00pm

All sessions are at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 105 St. George Street, Classroom 1025 (Lower Level South Building).

TO ATTEND: Pre-registration is mandatory. Visit

Startup Career Expo at MaRS DD on Jan 30, 2015

The Startup Career Expo 2015 is coming to MaRS Discovery District on January 30, 2015, brought to you by the You’re Next Career Network.

Expos like this are a great opportunity for students to get exposed to the local startup scene, and for startups to meet with local talent from universities in Toronto and across Ontario. Last year’s February event brought 80 startups to 1500 students, with a larger showing expected this year.

Whether you’re a student interested in opportunities to work at a startup or a startup looking to recruit, you’re invited to be a part of Canada’s biggest Startup Career Expo.

From the 2014 Startup Career Expo

U of T News covered last year’s event if you want to read about the 2014 Startup Career Expo or view the photo gallery on Flickr.

Entrepreneur Expo is happening on Jan 29, 2015

Entrepreneur EXPO is a showcase of innovative ideas that have sprung from U of T Scarborough (UTSC) talent to inspire and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit on campus.All events will be held on January 29, 2015 between 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Instructional Centre.

The event is free and no pre-registration is required!

For a list of exhibitors and more about the keynote Andrew Peek, please visit the Entrepreneur EXPO website.


U of T student entrepreneurs come 2nd in IBM Watson Challenge

U of T students entered the 2015 IBM Watson Challenge with Ross, a virtual legal assistant. They travelled to IBM’s New York headquarters for the finals on Jan. 9, competing against teams from other schools for a prize of $100,000 in seed money for their startup app powered by Watson, IBM’s cloud computing system. As the only non-U.S. school invited to the finals, U of T was pitted against some pretty hefty competition including teams from MIT and Stanford University.

The winning prize went to University of Texas at Austin, with U of T’s Team Ross coming in 2nd. It proved a great experience and gave the teams exposure to local investors and law firms who may want to follow up with the projects that were pitched.

Learn more about U of T’s participation in the IBM Watson Program.

Interface Biologics announces Series B financing round

Interface Biologics Inc. (IBI), an innovative developer of biomedical-polymer technologies which improve the safety and effectiveness of medical devices, is pleased to announce the completion of a Series B financing round led by DSM Venturing and existing investor, BDC Capital.

“We’re very pleased to have completed this Series B financing”, commented Tom Reeves, President & CEO of Interface Biologics. “Having a strategic investor like DSM in combination with BDC underscores both IBI’s success to date and the confidence that our investors have in our future. We look forward to working with DSM as we continue the commercial development of our surface modifying macromolecules and our drug delivery polymer technology platforms.”

Interface Biologics is a University of Toronto spinoff located at the MaRS Centre in Toronto, Canada and is a commercial stage privately held company that develops transformative biomedical polymer technology to improve the safety and effectiveness of medical devices.

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Starting 2015 with entrepreneurship in mind

Happy New Year!

5 biggest entrepreneurship stories of 2014

We’re excited to see what lies ahead for startups that have come from U of T – and those that are yet to come. Here’s a look back at U of T’s 5 biggest entrepreneurship stories of 2014.

5 must-watch startups for 2015

A great way to kick off 2015: Yonge Street Media’s five must-watch startups for 2015 include four that have come through U of T Accelerators. 2014 saw a lot of media coverage for these ventures and it’s not surprising to see the buzz continue into 2015.

  • Bridgit was in the Creative Destruction Lab’s 2013-14 cohort of startups (more about Bridgit)
  • Chematria joined the Impact Centre in Fall 2014 (more about Chematria)
  • Nymi, formerly known as Bionym, began as a research project at the University and spun off into an entrepreneurial venture with connections to UTEST and as part of the Creative Destruction Lab’s inaugural 2012-13 cohort (more about Nymi)
  • OTI Lumionics was in the Creative Destruction Lab’s 2013-2014 cohort  (more about OTI Lumionics)

Stay tuned to where we’ll be posting the latest on U of T’s startups and entrepreneurs throughout the year.