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Startups provide key internship experience to postsecondary students

“Ensuring our students are successful in translating their fundamental education into career opportunities is vital for the success of our students, businesses and economy,” writes Alon Eisenstein of the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto. Eisenstein writes about how students are able to learn these skills by taking on internships with startup companies, which are “constantly revisiting their business plans, re-evaluating their potential market and developing and re-developing their products.”
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This wristband works with your heartbeat to pay for things

It's called Nymi, and it's a wristband that charts your "unique cardiac rhythm" to verify your identity. Bionym, the startup behind Nymi, is launching a pilot payment program for users to test out the bracelet as a way to pay for things. Think of it as a mobile payment, but it's wearable.
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Let there be (OLED) light: Startup sees bright future in organic diodes

Mr. Helander and his lab partners tweaked existing techniques for the manufacture of Organic LEDs. When large companies started showing interest in buying the technology, the students and their professor started their own company instead.
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Cynthia Goh has helped found six startups ranging from nanotech to science literacy

When she is not wrapped up in her teaching at one of Canada’s top-ranked universities, Dr. Goh is relying on her entrepreneurial spirit to commercialize her knowledge, which includes putting faith in her students to test their skills in the real world at the numerous companies she has helped found to further that end.
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Test driving the smart electric ‘carbike’

Two students from the University of Toronto have developed a prototype electric vehicle for use within city areas. The car/bike hybrid is connected to a smartphone and can reach speeds of up to 20mph (32km/h). BBC Click's Jen Copestake met up with the vehicle's developers in Toronto to take it for a test drive.
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Smart Homes of the Future Will Know Us by Our Heartbeats

Now, with the right devices, proximity as well as personal preferences can be automated through wearable technologies like Nymi, a device worn on the wrist that authenticates an individual’s identity through his distinct heartbeat variability.
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Is this electric car-bike the answer to our transit woes?

Two University of Toronto PhD candidates have designed an electric hybrid prototype that they hope will change how people get around in the dense cities of the future.
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Pay by wristband launched in Canadian test by RBC with Bionym’s Nymi

Are you ready to put your heart into shopping? Starting next year, Royal Bank customers may be able to do just that if the bank’s current testing with Nymi, a wristband that verifies shoppers by using their heartbeat to allow credit card payments, proves successful in testing.
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Researchers hunt for new Ebola treatments using ‘groundbreaking’ artificial intelligence

Chematria, a startup supported by the University of Toronto, programmed Canada's fastest supercomputer with an algorithm that simulates and analyzes "millions of potential medicines" to predict their effectiveness against Ebola, according to researchers. They claim the process will only take a few weeks, and won't require costly physical testing in labs.
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From e-transportation, to virtual reality health care: How Toronto is fostering high-tech start-ups

Lung and his co-founder Phil Lam hope to have a market-ready prototype available sometime in the next year – but to do so they need to acquire funding. Luckily they have the support of the University of Toronto’s Impact Centre, a multidisciplinary research and development institute that helps nurture start-ups.