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Toronto startup Second Closet aims to ‘Uber-ize’ self-storage

Mark Ang was 17 years old when he and his older brother, David, moved out of their parents’ home. The brothers piled into a small, 500-square-foot apartment, with David working full-time to cover their rent and claiming the only bedroom. Mark, a student at the University of Toronto, was deputed to sleep on the couch. … Read More

University of Toronto accelerator affiliate shoots for the starry-eyed entrepreneurs

For a Toronto-based innovation accelerator, the final frontier is the next frontier. The Creative Destruction Lab, an accelerator affiliated with the University of Toronto, is now calling for applications specifically from starry-eyed entrepreneurs with space-focused startup ideas. And the new stream already has some star power behind it ― they’ve enlisted Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield … Read More

This Canadian tech company is revolutionizing the way we buy beauty products

As the beauty industry experiments with new ways to incorporate technology into a very tactile product, one Canadian company is leading the charge. ModiFace is an augmented reality outfit that creates tech specifically for beauty companies. Primarily, they’ve developed the ability to simulate trying on beauty products over live video. This technology is so in … Read More

L’Oreal buys Toronto augmented reality startup ModiFace

When University of Toronto engineering professor Parham Aarabi first began researching face tracking technology, it never occurred to him that his resulting startup would later be snapped up by the world’s biggest cosmetics company, L’Oreal. In fact, Aarabi thought the initial application of what is now ModiFace’s lip and eye tracking capabilities would be speech … Read More

TD acquires Toronto-based AI startup Layer 6

Toronto-Dominion Bank is acquiring artificial intelligence startup Layer 6 AI for an undisclosed amount as financial services companies increasingly look to tap the technology’s potential. Canada’s largest bank by assets has been looking to build up its capabilities in AI for some time, said Michael Rhodes, group head of innovation, technology and shared services. “The … Read More

How Memorial is turning out a new generation of social entrepreneurs

Over the past few years, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Memorial University has developed a reputation for social entrepreneurship. In nine of the past 10 years, student teams from business and other faculties at the St. John’s university have been crowned Canadian champions in annual competitions of Enactus, an international non-profit organization that promotes student entrepreneurship for … Read More

Helping entrepreneurs take that next step

Wearable tech entrepreneur Karl Martin has always built things – toys as a young child, robots as a teenager, a biometric verification process using heartbeats to authenticate identity (in lieu of passwords and key cards) while completing his PhD in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Toronto. For all his engineering smarts, though, … Read More

Why it’s no longer strange to talk to your home appliances

Voice control has quickly gone from a quirky-but-barely-working technology to an eerily-accurate must-have capability in gadgets and appliances. As a result, this year a wave of manufacturers have announced incorporating Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and the Google Assistant into everything from refrigerators and vacuum cleaners to televisions and even cars. In many cases, these voice … Read More