President, University of Toronto, Meric Gertler speaks with Alyssa Newcomb, Business & Technology writer for NBC and Fortune at a panel discussion at Collision in Toronto in 2019. (Photo by Matthew Volpe)

University of Toronto at Collision 2022

Find out why U of T is the place to innovate. Connect with us at Collision from June 20-23.

U of T is THE place to innovate

The University of Toronto is Canada’s leading engine for research-based startups and a global leader in transforming ideas into products and services that impact the world. With strengths in fields ranging from artificial intelligence to regenerative medicine to quantum computing, our startups are disrupting industries and making the planet a better place. 

# 1

in Canada for research-based startups

top 10

in University-managed incubators globally

600 +

companies created

9000 +

jobs created

Meet us at Collision

The University of Toronto is proud to partner with Collision, happening in person in Toronto from June 20-23, 2022. Collision is North America’s fastest-growing tech conference — an annual event welcoming market leaders, tech experts and the media to determine where the world is heading next.

Visit University of Toronto at booth E165 on the Collision conference floor to learn about our innovation and entrepreneurship community and discover how you can get involved.

Tuesday, June 21

TIMEGROUPS
9:00 am – 10:00 amU of T Robotics Institute
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office  
10:00 am – 11:00 amArts & Science Office of the Dean
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office  
11:00 am – 12:00 pmOffice of the Vice President International / Blue Door
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office  
12:00 pm – 1:00pmAccelerator – InnovED
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office
EI Amplified  (Startup)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pmArts & Science Co-op
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office
EI Amplified  (Startup)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pmBlack Founders Network (BFN)
U of T Entrepreneurship
Accelerator – University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST)  
3:00 pm – 4:00 pmClimate Positive Energy
U of T Entrepreneurship
Accelerator – University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST)  
4:00 pm – 5:00 pmAccelerator – Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)
U of T Entrepreneurship
Accelerator – University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST)

Wednesday, June 22

TIMEGROUPS
9:00 am – 10:00 amClimate Positive Energy
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office  
10:00 am – 11:00 amA&S Office of the Dean
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office  
11:00 am – 12:00 pmOffice of the Vice President International / Blue Door
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office
Accelerator – University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST)  
12:00 pm – 1:00pmSOSCIP Consortium
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office
Accelerator – University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST)  
1:00 pm – 2:00 pmEngineering Career Center PEY Co-op
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office
Accelerator – University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST)  
2:00 pm – 3:00 pmBlack Founders Network (BFN)
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office  
3:00 pm – 4:00 pmDivision of University Advancement (DUA)
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office  
4:00 pm – 5:00 pmSOSCIP Consortium
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office

Thursday, June 23

TIMEGROUPS
9:00 am – 10:00 amGovernment Relations Office
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office
Eye Buddy  (Startup)
10:00 am – 11:00 amAccelerator – InnovED
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office
Eye Buddy  (Startup)
11:00 am – 12:00 pmAccelerator – ICUBE
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office
Eye Buddy  (Startup)
12:00 pm – 1:00pmDivision of the Vice President, Research & Innovation
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office  
1:00 pm – 2:00 pmArts & Science Internship Program
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office  
2:00 pm – 3:00 pmAccelerator – Health Innovation Hub (H2i)
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office
3:00 pm – 4:00 pmDivision of University Advancement (DUA)
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office  
4:00 pm – 5:00 pmManagement Co-op at U of T Scarborough
U of T Entrepreneurship
Innovations and Partnerships Office

U of T Speakers

Check out the notable U of T alumni and startup founders speaking at Collision.

AUTHOR

Margaret Atwood 

Margaret Atwood (BA 1961, Victoria College) is the author of more than 50 books of fiction, poetry, critical essays and graphic novels. Her latest novel, The Testaments – sequel to…

CO-FOUNDER & CEO, BENCHSCI

Liran Belenzon 

Liran Belenzon (MBA 2016) is co-founder and CEO of BenchSci, a global leader in machine learning for novel medicine development. He is a 2021 EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist,…

CO-FOUNDER & CTO, COHERE

Nick Frosst 

Nick Frosst (BSc 2016, Woodsworth College) co-founded Cohere with Aidan Gomez and Ivan Zhang in 2020 and is currently the CTO. He was the first employee of Geoffrey Hinton‘s Google Brain lab in…

FOUNDER & CEO, XANADU

Christian Weedbrook 

Christian Weedbrook is the founder and CEO of Xanadu. He has more than a decade of industry, government and research experience in quantum computing and cryptography. He holds a PhD…

Tune in for talks by U of T startup founders happening at Collision:

June 22, 2:15 pm – 2:25 pm

Culture Eats Everything Else for Lunch

BenchSci co-founder Liran Belenzon explains why culture should be the priority when scaling a company and why investing early in culture builds good companies. Learn how to avoid becoming another startup docudrama.

June 22, 4:25 pm – 4:35 pm

The Power of Quantum Computing

Xanadu founder and CEO Christian Weedbrook dives into the emerging applications of quantum computing, and explores the power of light, open-source software and cloud computing.

June 23, 2:35 pm – 2:45 pm

Managing Chaos in the Face of Uncertainty

Cohere co-founder Nick Frosst discusses his approach to taking action in the face of uncertainty, his unlikely path from passion to career, and the role that responsible innovation plays in his leadership style.

June 23, 11:40 am – 11:45 Am

How to Prevent a Dystopian Future

Private AI co-founder and CEO Patricia Thaine explores how businesses can make the most of data while contributing to a better future.

June 23, 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Adapting for AI: How Founders Should be Building for an AI-First World

Mike Murchison will tell the Ada story how it evolved from manual roots into an AI unicorn, demonstrating why you should be thinking automation-first.

Rendering of the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre located at corner of College and Queen’s Park in Toronto (Rendering courtesy WEISS/MANFREDI)

U of T Innovation Ecosystem
Presentation and Campus Tour

On June 20, 22 and 24, U of T Entrepreneurship and the Innovations & Partnerships Office hosted presentations in our ONRamp co-working and event space followed by optional tours of U of T’s St. George campus, located in the heart of downtown Toronto. 

Interested in a tour of ONRamp? Reach out to entrepreneurs@utoronto.ca

Meet our Startups

Don’t forget to connect with U of T startups exhibiting, presenting and attending Collision.

Speaking

BenchSci 

BenchSci uses proprietary machine learning, bioinformatics ontologies, image recognition technologies, filters, and a figure-centric interface to enable rapid selection of experiment-specific antibodies.

Cohere 

The Cohere API provides access to models that read billions of web pages and learn to understand the meaning, sentiment, and intent of the words we use.

Xanadu 

Xanadu aims to build the first large-scale and room-temperature quantum computer using predominately off-the-shelf and affordable components. Our quantum computer is based on a photonic substrate and the cluster state…

Ada Support 

Ada is a chat-support automation platform that enables support teams to provide instant answers to their users’ questions through messaging. Ada powers chat-support automation for companies like Kik, Medium, Wattpad,…

Private AI Inc. 

Private AI developed software that uses AI to strip personal data from text, images, and video, thus enabling businesses to preserve the privacy of their users. This allows businesses to…

Featured

Able Innovations 

Able Innovations is developing cutting edge technology to transfer individuals with restricted mobility, such as elderly or disabled individuals, from one surface to another (ex. bed to wheelchair, etc.).

Argentum 

We reduce electricity demand for all building types through a plug-and-play, IoT enabled, DC power distribution system. Our platform augments antiquated building automation and power distribution systems, to dramatically improve…

BioBox Analytics Inc. 

BioBox Analytics is an end-to-end informatics solution for scientists and clinicians working with genomic data, allowing them to process, analyze and explore their data all in one platform.

Cosm Medical 

COSM Medical is a medical-device company that is developing a hardware and software platform to personalize treatments for pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), such as incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. COSM’s…

HDAX Therapeutics 

HDAX Therapeutics is developing targeted therapeutics disorders with enhanced binding, on-target effects, and exquisite brain penetration properties for the safe and efficacious treatment of HDAC-driven pathologies such as brain cancers…

Private AI Inc. 

Private AI developed software that uses AI to strip personal data from text, images, and video, thus enabling businesses to preserve the privacy of their users. This allows businesses to…

Phenomic AI 

Cell based phenotypic screening has proven to be a promising approach to early drug discovery, however it‚Äôs adoption by pharmaceutical research teams has been hindered by challenging assay development and…

Trexo Robotics 

Trexo Robotics has created the first pediatric exoskeleton to help children with disabilities walk. Trexo Home is helping children live healthier and happier lives by enabling access to regular exercise.

StageKeep 

StageKeep is a formation management mobile application that helps choreographers and coaches create, visualize and share their formations and choreography digitally to their dancers and cheerleaders.

Wombo 

WOMBO is the world’s best AI-powered lip sync app.

Woo Your Boo 

An app that bridges the communication gap between couples through love languages that are linked with novel dates and experiences. It makes “working” on your relationship fun, and was established…

Attending

CERT Systems Inc. 

CERT is developing an electrochemical carbon dioxide (CO2) conversion technology to produce fuels and chemical feedstocks. Their technology provides an additional revenue stream by transforming waste emissions CO2 into valuable…

Hypercare 

Hypercare creates software that revolutionizes how healthcare providers collaborate with each other. As medicine becomes increasing complex and team-based, Hypercare ensures that patients do not fall through the cracks.

MedEssist 

MedEssist offers a digital platform that helps pharmacists manage the complex logistics of vaccine delivery, including assigning doses to individual patients and distributing critical health information.

SPARKED 

SPARKED serves individuals with cardiovascular disease (CVD) symptoms, CVD family history, or an interest in their personal health status. We offer a device that fits in your hands and screens…

Reeddi 

Reeddi innovatively provides clean energy and allied innovations at a price point that individuals and businesses operating in energy-poor regions of the world can afford.

Connect with U of T

Check out the links below for more information on how you can connect with the U of T community – from co-ops and careers to international partnerships. Attending Collision? Visit U of T at booth E165 to learn more about how you can engage with our community of startups, accelerators, students, alumni, researchers and faculty.

U of T has a number of co-op programs to help you recruit qualified students trained by top faculty from Canada’s #1 university. We fully support you during the recruitment process and work term.

Through our co-op programs, you have year-round access to a wide range of students with work terms starting in January, May or September for 4, 8, 12 or 16-month work terms to meet your needs​.

We collaborate internally on your behalf to support your hiring and partnership with the university with a simple and straightforward hiring process. ​

Management Co-op at UTSC

The Management Co-op program at the University of Toronto Scarborough is home to Canada’s most innovative and coachable Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students. We educate our candidates in every functional area of business management as a foundation, with the option to pursue 12 months of paid co-op employment and specialize in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Strategic Management, or International Business while they complete their degree studies.

Become a Management Co-op employer and leverage tax credits of up to $3,000 per work placement when you recruit today. You can post jobs, interview candidates, and secure an outstanding student from Canada’s No. 1 university in as few as 10 days.

Arts & Science Internship Program

The Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) is a co-op program for Faculty of Arts and Science students in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistical Sciences, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Industrial Relations & Human Resources, and Book and Media Studies. Our academic programs are consistently rated top in Canada and are among the most highly ranked world-wide. Our students have the option to complete two work terms: a 4-month work term in the Summer following 2nd year, and an additional 8-, 12-, or 16-month work term following 3rd year.  

ASIP admits students through a competitive process that supports diverse talent. We select for resilience, tenacity, leadership, and collaboration skills. Students receive extensive professional development programming, workshops, and one-on-one coaching to help ensure their success once they join your team.

Arts & Science Co-op Program

Partner with University of Toronto Scarborough Arts & Science Co-op to recruit top undergraduate talent from over 35 academic programs, including Computer & Mathematical Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical & Environmental Sciences, Psychological & Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. Students are available year-round for 4-, 8- or 12-month work terms with flexible start dates to suit your needs.  

Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Co-op Program

Join over 600 employers annually and participate in Canada’s largest and longest-running professional experience year engineering co-op program to build your talent pipeline and hire a future engineering leader. Our students are primed to deliver exceptional value, with advanced technical expertise from Canada’s leading engineering school and extensive training in workplace skills and competencies.  

Our dynamic co-op programs keep pace with evolving industry needs. We offer a summer co-op work term of 12 to 16 weeks and a Professional Experience Year co-op of 12 to 16 months, with a wide range of start dates from May to September. Additionally, for every four months of co-op work term, you may be eligible for a tax credit worth up to $3,000.

Connect with us now to start the conversation and get early access to our large pool of engineering talent. We look forward to hearing from you at pey.coop@utoronto.ca

Learn and explore on the virtual hub for U of T alumni, where U of T experts from our three campuses share their insights on everything from cosmology and careers to music and mindfulness.

The University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Community consists of 10+ Accelerators across our three campuses. Our entrepreneurial initiatives leverage the numerous strengths of a globally recognized university to provide an incredible range of unique offerings to current or aspiring innovators.

Focused on a diverse set of outcomes, we strive to ensure that anyone with the passion to build and explore has doors to enter and a community to support them.

Visit the home of U of T Entrepreneurship

The week of Collision, U of T Entrepreneurship and the Innovations & Partnerships Office will be hosting presentations in our ONRamp co-working and event space followed by optional tours of U of T’s St. George campus, located in the heart of downtown Toronto. 

June 20, Presentation: 2 pm – 3 pm | Tour: 3 pm – 4 pm

June 22, Presentation: 2 pm – 3 pm | Tour: 3 pm – 4 pm

June 24, Presentation: 10 am to 11 am | Tour: 11 am – 12 pm

The University of Toronto Entrepreneurship (UTE) community does much more than accelerate startups. We accelerate ideas, people, social impact, and technologies too. All while striving to create an environment that is inclusive and representative of the diverse and talented innovators and entrepreneurs around us.

With support from 10+ campus accelerators such as University of Toronto Early Stage Technologies (UTEST) and an institutional focus on IP Literacy, you can invest with confidence knowing that the entrepreneurs leading U of T’s startups are equipped with the tools and the mindset to compete and excel.

Smart investors invest in U of T alumni.

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Blue Door is a single point of entry for organizations who wish to work with the University of Toronto.

There is immense opportunity for organizations to accelerate their innovation, talent, and corporate social responsibility goals through partnerships with universities, from addressing changing industry needs, to developing the next generation of transformative products and services, to achieving impact in the world.

Whether you are seeking academic expertise, access to top talent or pioneering research, a first look at some of Canada’s most cutting-edge startups, or a comprehensive partnership strategy, Blue Door provides a seamless partnership experience with the University of Toronto that leverages our vast resources to help you achieve your goals.

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Internationalization is a significant priority for the University of Toronto as part of our overall academic mission. The Office of the Vice-President, International (OVPI) engages with institutions in regions, countries and cities of strategic priority and leverages international opportunities for research, scholarship and mobility. By providing leadership on international initiatives, the Office develops and maintains key international partnerships.

PRiME

PRiME brings together multi-disciplinary talent to face and answer emerging challenges in Precision Medicine by understanding the biology of disease, creating new tools for disease diagnosis, and developing of novel therapeutic strategies.

PRiME is looking for industry partners, foundations, and investors to support industry-academia collaborations and early-stage technology development.

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Medicine by Design

Medicine by Design harnesses the exceptional expertise at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals at the convergence of physical and life sciences, engineering, mathematics and medicine to undertake transformative research in regenerative medicine and cell therapy. It fosters unique multidisciplinary collaborations and uses engineering design principles and quantitative biological modelling to accelerate breakthroughs. Through strategic investments and partnerships, Medicine by Design is powering Toronto’s burgeoning biomedical ecosystem, strengthening Canada as a global centre for regenerative medicine and improving health outcomes.

Health Innovation Hub

The Health Innovation Hub facilitates early-stage entrepreneurs with translation and commercialization of ideas into problem-solving products and services for health matters. It works to align, connect, and leverage the significant mass of life science research expertise, facilities, programs and University funding, and H2i’s vast partner and mentoring network towards advancing effective and efficient health innovation ventures. 

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