University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Week

See you in 2024!

U of T’s annual celebration of all things entrepreneurship returned for its 7th year

From March 6-9, 2023, the University of Toronto’s entrepreneurial community hosted 15+ events showcasing, celebrating, and rewarding innovation and startup activity at U of T. All were welcome at this week of public events – students, mentors, alumni, business leaders, investors and anyone else who wanted to be inspired and learn why U of T is THE place to innovate.

Watch: Driving Innovation with Raquel Urtasun

This Desjardins Speaker Series presentation was recorded at True Blue Impact Day as part of U of T Entrepreneurship Week 2023. Raquel Urtasun discusses Waabi’s AI-first approach to self-driving technology and shares insights from her entrepreneurial journey.

2023 U of T

Delivering 15+ events over four days, each with a different theme, all focussed on innovation and entrepreneurship at
U of T.

Programming Highlights

The 7th annual U of T Entrepreneurship Week will culminate with True Blue Impact Day on March 9th, showcasing U of T’s most innovative startups. The lineup includes True Blue Expo, Desjardins Startup Prize Pitch Competition and Desjardins Speaker Series with Raquel Urtasun, all hosted in-person on March 9 at MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto. Register here.

Back by popular demand, join ICUBE on March 8 for Pitch with a Twist – celebrating International Women’s Day and tune in for Fireside at FemSTEM on March 7 for a conversation with an esteemed guest speaker from the health innovation space.

format & Location

Please check the schedule below to determine if a specific session is hosted in-person, virtual or hybrid. A number of events will be hosted at ONRamp on the U of T St. George campus – home to co-working and collaboration space for U of T startups.


Entrepreneurship Week is a community-driven event, with many events hosted by U of T accelerators across the tri-campus. In most cases, individual registration is required for each event.

event partners

This year’s programming is delivered by U of T Entrepreneurship, The Hub, The BRIDGE, Health Innovation Hub, Toronto Entrepreneurship Music Exchange, UTEST, The Hatchery, ICUBE and U of T Libraries.

Please note: there is no general registration for UTE Week as a whole, attendees are required to register separately for each event.

Schedule of events

Explore the schedule below and register for each event you wish to attend.


March 9 at MaRs Discovery District

11:00 am - 5:00 pm
True Blue Expo

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Desjardins Startup Prize Pitch Competition

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Desjardins Speaker Series

Connect with our global innovation community

With over 600 venture-backed companies launched in the past decade, U of T is ranked as one of the leading universities for founders, top five university-managed incubators globally and #1 in Canada for research-based startups.

# 1

in Canada for research-based startups

top 5

in University-managed incubators globally

600 +

companies created

9000 +

jobs created

Startup Spotlight

Explore U of T’s innovative startups with their world-class strengths ranging from advanced materials and manufacturing to regenerative medicine and AI.

This is the place to expand the internet into space 

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This is the place to target genetic diseases 

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news January 27, 2023

Quantum computing startup Xanadu receives $40 million in federal funding: Globe and Mail 

From left to right: Xanadu CEO and former U of T post-doctoral researcher Christian Weedbrook, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne (photo by Alex...

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Raquel Urtasun’s self-driving startup Waabi brings on Volvo as strategic investor: Reports 

(Photo courtesy of Waabi) University of Toronto researcher Raquel Urtasun’s self-driving startup Waabi has added the venture capital arm of Swedish carmaker Volvo to its list of high-profile investors. Volvo Group Venture Capital AB...

news December 20, 2022

U of T drug discovery startup BenchSci ‘changing the tech world’: The Globe and Mail 

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