2020 Lo Family Social Venture Fund award winners

Established in 2020 through a generous $500K donation from Kenneth and Yvonne Lo and family, the Lo Family Social Venture Fund helps U of T students and recent graduates take the most promising, solutions-based social enterprises to the next level, providing support for student-driven ventures that will positively impact the global community – particularly in Asia.

U of T startup Bridge7 using artificial intelligence to improve cancer treatment

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing many industries and the applications of AI are becoming more widespread each day. Launched via the U of T Early-Stage Technology program (UTEST), Bridge7 is a startup working to apply AI “to improve the quality, consistency, and efficiency of cancer treatments.” On August 19, Bridge7 was announced as one of nine startups selected for the inaugural cohort of Canada’s Google for Startups Accelerator. The tech giant’s Global Accelerator Program was created to foster companies that focus on local issues, helping them address their specific markets and giving them access to Google’s resources.

Six cleantech founders share what helped them through the pandemic

Lab closures. Skittish investors. Cancelled conferences. During the first weeks of the pandemic, founders of early-stage startups had their hands full. But the lockdown also provided a rare opportunity: a chance to reflect and reassess their business plans.

For the finalists in the Women in Cleantech Challenge this meant 16-hour days, raising seed rounds virtually, refining their product market fit, and researching potential customers.