Music lesson startup Feely Piano School embarks on ‘mind-blowing’ India trip

For the Feelys, music is most definitely a family tradition, and recently, another chapter was added, as they embarked on a January business trip across the globe. 

Emilee-Mae Feely and her father, Pat, recipients of a combined four music degrees (going on five), travelled to India to kick off 2019, in order to engage locals in the music industry and make further improvements to her business. 

In 2014, Feely, 26, founded Feely Piano School, which has been called the “Uber of Music Lessons.” Since then, it has grown from a small startup to a three-province, 10-city enterprise. 

Impact Centre working with star chefs to understand microbiome in fermented lentil batters

The Impact Centre is announcing a new collaborative project with Star Chefs to understand the microbiome and the natural fermentation process in lentil batters that affect their shelf-life. 

Star Chefs is a Toronto-based company that manufactures fermented lentil batters that are a quick, easy, and affordable protein source essential to South Indian cuisine. The company is interested in understanding the microbiome of their fermented batters and identifying preservatives that can be incorporated to stabilize the natural fermentation process and extend the product’s shelf-life.

Axel Villamil on rewiring the modern artist

Ahead of this Saturday’s TEDxUTSC Resonance event, what resonates most with UTSC alum and TEDx speaker Axel Villamil is the journey of finding who he wanted to be.

Graduating in 2017 with a double major in computer science and media studies, Villamil tells me that he “had zero clue what [he] was doing even going into these programs.” All he really knew was that he was passionate about not only math and technology, but also media and the arts.

‘It’s like a rolling boil’: U of T’s Sanja Fidler on Toronto’s hot AI scene and where research is headed in 2019

There are few technologies in the world hotter than artificial intelligence, or AI – as evidenced by the recent NIPS (Neural Information Processing Systems) academic conference in Montreal that sold out in less than 12 minutes. 

That’s faster than last year’s Burning Man festival

At the same time, the list of big, multinational companies that are setting up AI research labs in Canada – and Toronto in particular – continues to grow. But where is all this research headed, and what do we non-AI experts need to know about it? 

Wattpad, the storytelling App, will launch a publishing division

Wattpad, the storytelling application with which millions of users upload original stories and fan fiction, is creating a publishing division, Wattpad Books. The company has worked with other publishing or media companies in the past to adapt stories from the platform into books and movies. “After” by Anna Todd is a standout, and the popular Netflix film “The Kissing Booth” is based on a story written by Beth Reekles, who uploaded the story to Wattpad in 2011, when she was 15. Now, Wattpad will cull the platform for stories to publish as books under the new imprint, starting with six young adult titles this fall.

How to wash your hands: U of T startup aims to solve major health-care problem

When Luke Kyne and his classmates Marawan Gamal, Parham Chinikar and Michael Wu learned Canada has the highest rate of health care acquired infections (HAIs) of any developed country, they were inspired to reduce it.

Kyne is an alumnus of the University of Toronto, Gamal and Chinikar are students in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, and Wu is in the master’s program at the Faculty of Medicine.

The group developed a device called the Fian Bar, an interactive device that reminds users about how best to wash their hands. Kyne told writer Erin Howe of U of T’s Faculty of Medicine about their startup, Fian, and the team’s plan to improve health care through handwashing.

Startup makes quantum leap to Waterloo Region

KITCHENER — Mohammadreza Rezaee and his wife Raina Olsen are entangled.

They are the founders of Aurora Quantum Technologies, formerly known as Q Spice Labs — the first quantum startup in the Velocity Garage in downtown Kitchener.

They both have PhDs in physics and an ambitious agenda to build a quantum repeater that will speed particles of light — photons — over the quantum internet of the future. Rezaee figures they need $2 million and three years to build it.

Joshua Gans weighs in on marketing disruption

Joshua Gans is chair of technical innovation and entrepreneurship professor of strategic management at The University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.

His 2016 book, The Disruption Dilemma, sheds light on the actual nature of disruption. With marketing experiencing at least its fair share of disruption, Professor Gans examines the impact of disruption on marketing.

Impact Centre’s 2019 Narwhal List shows Canadian tech struggling to produce unicorns

The Impact Centre at the University of Toronto has released its Narwhal List for 2019, a report that highlights Canada’s fastest scaling private tech companies.

The Narwhal List ranks financially attractive firms by financial velocity. The metric is derived by the amount of funding a firm has raised, divided by the number of years the company has existed. The report also measures the rate at which a company raises and consumes capital to support its growth.

Top 5 tech hubs to rival Silicon Valley

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley is recognised as the centre of modern technological development. It boasts the headquarters of 39 businesses in the Fortune 1,000 and is home to thousands more digital start-ups. Notable companies include Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Intel, Netflix and Tesla.

Around the world, however, a number of cities are making themselves increasingly attractive to tech start-ups, with the sector becoming more lucrative and drawing increasingly substantial investments. The New Economy highlights five cities hoping to establish themselves as the ‘new Silicon Valley’.