U of T alumna uses therapeutic qualities of horses to build entrepreneurs’ confidence

It all started with what Carolyn Creed, an alumna of the University of Toronto, refers to as her “shakening.”

“Life taps you on the shoulder, and when you’re not listening, it just shakes you,” says Creed, a former Woodsworth College student who studied fine art in the department of art history in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

At 21 weeks pregnant with her second child, Creed’s water broke. Doctors predicted her baby had a 20 per cent chance of survival. 

A pager-free zone: U of T startup Hypercare aims to bring hospitals into the 21st century

The first thing you see when you go to the website of Hypercare, the startup co-founded by University of Toronto alumnus Albert Tai, is its sales pitch to health-care administrators: “No more pagers. No more phone tag.”

Tai says people who don’t work in the health-care sector are often stunned to find out that the old-fashioned pager remains ubiquitous in hospitals.

Creative Destruction Lab expands to Georgia Tech

The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is continuing its international expansion with a new location in Atlanta.

The seed-stage accelerator, founded at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, said today that its latest location will be launched in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology, widely known as Georgia Tech.

CDL-Atlanta, as the program will be known, becomes the startup program’s eighth location – including U of T and four other Canadian universities – and the third expansion announced this year on the heels of CDL-Paris and CDL-Oxford. 

Plastics alternative startup Ecopackers raises $4.3 million

Entrepreneur Nuha Siddiqui pitched her compostable replacement to plastics to her first venture capital investor in 2018 while snacking on a bowl of packing peanuts – foam nuggets used in packaging to prevent damage.

“When people didn’t believe that it was 100 per cent compostable, I would eat the product,” Ms. Siddiqui said. “People were shocked and concerned.”

U of T law students help local startups achieve lift-off through hands-on course

Emma Weiss has a busy schedule. Each week she meets with entrepreneurs at six different Toronto technology startups to discuss thorny legal questions and then hammers out potential solutions at the offices of a Bay Street law firm.

But Weiss isn’t a lawyer – at least not yet.

She’s a student in the JD program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law who is taking a brand new course that immerses students in Toronto’s booming startup scene – and the legal services that support it – for a period of eight months.