Entrepreneurship

Like a ninja: N++ video game takes N to a whole new level (make that 2,360 levels)

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Alumni spend 11 years perfecting game they call fast, fluid, frustrating, fun and even “friendship-ending”
Author: 
Scott Anderson

A project that began as an experiment when they were University of Toronto undergrads more than a decade ago has landed Mare Sheppard and Raigan Burns a worldwide distribution deal with Sony’s Playstation.

Sheppard and Burns are the creators of N++, a video game in which ninja players must avoid deadly traps and enemies, including an evil ninja twin, as they race to find an exit from each increasingly difficult screen. 

Maker Festival – brought to you by the University of Toronto

Author: 
Sarah Khan & Brianna Goldberg

Creative displays, innovative projects and interactive workshops from people like Professor David Johns ignited the imaginations of children and adults alike recently at Maker Festival, the largest maker event in Canadian history – sponsored by the University of Toronto.

IC-IMPACTS Summer Institute: not your usual summer camp

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Indian and Canadian grad students explore entrepreneurship, technology at U of T
Author: 
Terry Lavender

When people think of summer camp, they tend to think of children paddling canoes, playing soccer or learning arts and crafts. But the 47 graduate students from India and Canada who attended the IC-IMPACTS Summer Institute earlier this summer had a very different experience.

This startup combines genomics with one of technology's hottest fields: deep learning

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Meet Deep Genomics, a privately-held company that seeks to harness the power of deep learning to transform medicine
Author: 
Marit Mitchell

It’s the first startup in the world to combine more than a decade of world-leading expertise in the fields of both deep learning and genome biology.

Its goal: to transform the way genetic diseases are diagnosed and treated.

NBA’s Ben Gordon signs on to U of T wearable tech sports coaching startup, Onyx Motion

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Former Orlando Magic player new innovation director for basketball smartwatch app
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Onyx Motion is partnering with NBA shooting guard Ben Gordon in a bid to raise the calibre of digital basketball coaching offered by the company’s first-of-its-kind-tech, a smartwatch app that offers on-court skills guidance.

“We're hoping to build a motion marketplace – a library of data, moves and audio tips from pro players,” said Onyx Motion co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Marissa Wu, a 2013 engineering science alumna.

When the SpaceX rocket blew up his experiment, this U of T engineer saw it on Facebook

Author: 
Alan Christie

Aaron Persad was on a teleconference call June 28 with his employer, a company that does contract work for NASA, when he saw the news on his phone – it was about NASA, and it wasn’t good.

Persad, a post-doctoral fellow in U of T’s Thermal Dynamics and Kinetics Lab, learned from a Facebook posting by a friend that an unmanned SpaceX spacecraft carrying supplies to the International Space Station had blown apart two and a half minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla. 

Supergreen: turning renewable natural gas waste into fertilizer with U of T startup, CHAR Technologies

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Company wins $750,000 in first investment from Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s Natural Gas Fund
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

The problem with ‘green energy’ solutions is that some of them aren’t so much ‘green’ as they are ‘green-ish’ or ‘green-er’ than alternatives. 

Take renewable natural gas. It’s seen as a clean and carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels. But as a form of energy rising from decomposing organic materials in landfills, natural gas starts out quite dirty.

Improving kids’ literacy with singing stickers: U of T social startup goes global

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Attollo Social Enterprise vies for US $1 million Hult Prize after pilots in Kenya, India
Author: 
Jamie Hunter

A child-friendly handheld device that makes inanimate objects talk and sing is part of a University of Toronto startup’s strategy to improve vocabulary and communication skills for young children in impoverished communities.

“We wanted to create something that was play-based,” said U of T alumna Aisha Bukhari, a co-founder of Attollo Social Enterprise, the team behind the innovation. “We wanted it to be affordable, scalable and loved by children.”

Twitter buys Whetlab, artificial intelligence and machine learning startup

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Researchers behind startup include former students of Google’s AI expert, U of T professor Geoffrey Hinton
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg and Nina Haikara

Twitter has scooped up a machine-learning startup called Whetlab, launched by several alumni and a PhD student from the University of Toronto.

Twitter announced the acquisition June 17, 2015. 

Want to ace your dentistry or medical school application? Check out these startups from a new grad

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Helping applicants excel in medical and dentistry school interviews, online testing
Author: 
Erin Vollick
 
Joel Meyerson takes education seriously – so seriously, in fact, that he’s launched two startups from his experiences in U of T’s Faculty of Dentistry to help others become dentists, too.
 
“We have a mission,” says Meyerson, who graduates this spring, “to be a student service first and a business second.”
 
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