Call for applications – DemoCamp 2015

DemoCamp 2015

May 12, 2015, 1:30-5:00pm
Desautels Hall, 2nd Floor, South Building
Rotman School of Management
105 St. George Street, Toronto, ON Canada

What are you working on? Show us at DemoCamp 2015!

The Creative Destruction Lab is offering startups and researchers the opportunity to present and exhibit at DemoCampToronto 2015. It’s an excellent venue to practice your pitch, shop your idea or showcase your product, receive early-market feedback, and make connections with technology entrepreneurs, VCs and thought leaders in research commercialization.

Apply now for a demo slot at DemoCamp 2015. Deadline for applications is April 19, 2015 at 12:00pm.


Atomwise joins Y Combinator program

Scanning electron micrograph of a human T cell.

Scanning electron micrograph of a human T cell. Image credit: NIAID via Flickr.

“Here I am just sitting in this house and I’m able to predict a cure to measles,” says Atomwise co-founder Alex Levy in a recent interview.

The University of Toronto startup is using advanced machine learning algorithms to discover new effective medicines against diseases such as ebola, malaria, and others. This information can decrease the cost and time required to develop new medicines, currently estimated at $2.9 billion and an average of 12 years. The potential of the company is signaled by its recent selection for participation in the prestigious Y Combinator accelerator program in California. Atomize has been working with partners such as SickKids Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and the India Institute of Technology in Bombay.

Atomwise was originally called Chematria, a startup that graduated out of Techno in 2012 at the University of Toronto. Read the Y Combinator announcement posted by U of T’s Impact Centre.

Co-founder Alex Levy is a U of T graduate and was formerly named Canada’s Top Entrepreneur in 2011 for his research and development of MyVoice, a mobile application that gives people with communication disorders like those caused by stroke, autism and ALS, a way to make themselves understood audibly. Read the full story on Alex Levy and his work with MyVoice on U of T News.

teaBOT: Doing business one cup at a time

Safina Allidina thought she was headed for a career in healthcare management, but a cup of tea changed her mind. The U of T Mississauga alumna planned to combine her interest in life sciences with her passion for business, but while completing her Masters of Management of Innovation, Allidina got involved with an entrepreneurial project. Now she’s putting her skills to work as the business manager for teaBOT, a startup that delivers custom-blended tea to order.

U of T startups on’s ‘8 Canadian Startups to Watch in 2015’ reviewed Canada’s fastest growing startups and recently released their list of 8 Canadian Startups to Watch in 2015. It’s an interesting and diverse group of companies – and at the top of the list are a few with U of T connections:

  • Whirlscape, co-founded by U of T alumni and based on a U of T research project
  • Bionym, co-founded by U of T alumni and the company has gone through U of T’s accelerator programs
  • Wattpad, co-founded by U of T alum