U of T at Collision

Find out why U of T is the place
to innovate. Connect with us
at Collision this June.

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.

# 1

in Canada for research-based startups

top 5

in University-managed incubators globally

600 +

companies created

9000 +

jobs created

Campus Innovation Ecosystem Tours

Join us for a curated tour focused on the university’s leading innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Meet us at Collision

The University of Toronto is proud to partner with Collision, North America’s fastest-growing tech conference. The annual event is returning to Toronto this June, welcoming market leaders, tech experts and the media to determine where the world is heading next.

June 26-29, 2023
Enercare Centre, Toronto

Jon French, Director, U of T Entrepreneurship, speaking with an attendee at Collision in Toronto last year.

Our innovation ecosystem continues to enjoy incredible growth, and Collision is an excellent opportunity to shine a light on this momentum and the impact our entrepreneurial ecosystem is having globally.

Jon French, Director, U of T Entrepreneurship

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

Schedule Highlights

Tune in for talks with U of T startup founders, alum and faculty, happening at Collision:

June 27, 11:55 AM – 12:15 PM

Trust Matters: The Importance of Ethical Leadership

How important is trust in the corporate world? In this session, industry leaders highlight the importance of listening when trying to build trust and answer the needs of consumers. They also examine why organizations must lead ethically and sustainably, putting value and respect at the heart of their actions.

June 28, 2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

The Future of Quantum Computing

What does a future with a functioning fault-tolerant quantum computer look like? In this session, Christian Weedbrook, the founder and CEO of Xanadu – a leading quantum computing company based in Toronto – explores this question by diving into current research and practical use cases.

June 28, 3:20 PM – 3:40 PM

Shopify and the Future of Commerce

Shopify COO Kaz Nejatian explores the latest technologies – including AI, mobile and community commerce – enabling brands to connect with customers in authentic ways, even while competing in a crowded retail market that has ever-changing consumer demands.

June 28, 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

In Conversation with the Godfather of AI

Cognitive psychologist and computer scientist Geoffrey Hinton – the 'godfather of AI' – started researching AI more than 40 years ago, when it seemed more like science fiction than reality. Join Geoffrey, in conversation with the Atlantic CEO Nick Thompson, for an exploration of the future of AI and a deep dive into its potential impact on society.

June 29, 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Day 4 | Opening Remarks

Ariel Garten will bring opening remarks to kick off the fourth and final day of Collision.

Get to know the U of T-connected startups that will be featured at Collision.

Ways to engage with U of T

From co-ops and careers to international partnerships, there is more than one reason to connect with the U of T community.

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

Access the power of U of T’s entrepreneurship community to forge connections and transform your ideas into ventures.

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.

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.

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. 

Reach out to entrepreneurs@utoronto.ca for more information.

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.

Sign up for Deep Tech Download, our quarterly newsletter that features active investment opportunities and the latest on these research-based companies.

Blue Door is a single point of entry for organizations that 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.

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 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.

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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Book Collision tickets

Startup? Apply for Collision's ALPHA program for startups.

ALPHA shines a spotlight on early-stage startups with outstanding potential, connecting them with the world's most influential people and companies.

Join the global community of startups, each one selected by the Collision team. Chosen startups will receive three tickets to Collision, access to Investor to startup meetings, eligibility to apply for PITCH, masterclasses and more.

Apply at: collisionconf.com/startups


Black-owned startups selected for the ALPHA program are eligible for an additional 25% discount on ticket packages.

Collision's developer program is about giving back to active members of the open-source community.

Tickets are available by application and if selected, attendees enjoy full access to Collision, entry to the Developer Lounge and the opportunity to attend a program of masterclasses and roundtables.

Apply at: collisionconf.com/developers.