Entrepreneurship

Three health tech startups from U of T entrepreneurs making news

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Bionym, Figure 1 and Quanttus see new funding, features, media coverage
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

They’re building up, shipping out and being celebrated as the future of innovation.

U of T is a hub for many biotech and health innovators looking to develop their research and business acumen through programs, courses, accelerators and more.

ScienceScape startup founded by U of T student helps researchers track findings

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“It is a crazy problem; nobody knows what is happening in science”
Author: 
Elaine Smith

Sometimes an invention makes so much sense people wonder why it didn’t already exist. Take the U of T-based startup, ScienceScape.

A platform that organizes and streams thousands of articles published every day in biomedical science journals, ScienceScape helps researchers keep tabs on the most recent developments in their fields.

Why this U of T biotech entrepreneur made MIT’s Innovators Under 35 list

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Engineering alumnus David He tapped for work on covert startup, Quanttus
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

David He finds himself in good company today: MIT Technology Review just named him to its list of Innovators Under 35.

It's a title the University of Toronto engineering alumnus shares with past honourees such as Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jack Dorsey (Twitter) and Jonathan Ive (designer of the iPod and iPad), to name a few.

So what market disrupting innovation has He produced to get added to this list of game-changers?

Business Development Bank of Canada partners with U of T startup accelerator, Creative Destruction Lab

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"A perfect fit" says BDC Capital
Author: 
Ken McGuffin and Brianna Goldberg

Creative Destruction Lab, an elite startup accelerator at the University of Toronto, will receive a major boost over the next three years as it teams up with influential crown corporation BDC Capital, a leading investor in emerging business in Canada.

Lighting brighter: why Toronto is a world-class hub for energy efficient lighting

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Major 'smart sustainable lighting’ conference to spark more collaborations
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Doing more with less is both the future of lighting and a trend that’s already flipped the switch in homes and businesses around the world, as 'smart sustainable' lighting like LEDs use less energy to shine brighter than ever before.

Lighting brighter: 6 ways smart sustainable lighting transforms cities, health, business and the environment

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U of T’s entrepreneurs shine light on energy efficiency, reducing pollution and improving sleep
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Walk into a hardware store these days and you’ll find more varieties of light bulbs than ever before.

Some may look a bit strange and cost a bit more than the incandescent bulbs that used to be the norm. But these amazingly energy-efficient, “green” lighting solutions – and others still in development – are also helping to drastically change our homes, our cities and our world.

Spotlight on Startups: Orchard is "the only app you'll need when the iPhone 6 launches" in September

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U of T computer science and MBA alumni helps users re-sell iPhones, fast
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

The 'out with the old and in with the new' philosophy of many iPhone users means that when the latest version rolls out next month, Apple disciples around the world will be ditching banged-up older handsets without remorse.

And, while most people just toss their used phones into a drawer considering to be either an heirloom antique or a sunk cost, one startup from University of Toronto alumni is offering a way to turn those de facto paperweights into hundreds of dollars of cash.

This new dimming bulb doesn’t need a special light switch - and it’s still the world’s most energy efficient

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U of T alumni startup Nanoleaf beat funding goal for new bulb in 90 minutes
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

The U of T engineering alumni behind Nanoleaf, a startup which they say makes ‘the world’s most energy-efficient lightbulb,’ blasted well beyond their latest funding goal in under two hours.

Fuelling the excitement: the debut of their latest product: a new LED bulb design called Bloom, which “transforms” any on/off light switch into a dimmable switch with the team's innovative green technology.

11 new startups from U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab

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Ventures showcase urban development, personal health, romance and more
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

They’re leveraging tech to improve everything from windows and lamps to construction sites, fitness, love matches and more.

Changing the way kids and teachers think about science

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In the Philippines, Pueblo Science leads the way
Author: 
Scott McAuley

Thanks to the work of social entrepreneur and University of Toronto alumna Mayrose Salvador, hands-on science activities could soon become a regular feature of the Philippine school curriculum.

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