Entrepreneurship

How to build a startup that succeeds: 6 tips from DemoCamp at U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab

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Advice from the investors, founders and experts at the annual startup showcase
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg
 
Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and industry analysts from across the country gathered at the University of Toronto May 12 for the DemoCamp showcase hosted by Creative Destruction Lab. 
 
The event highlighted hard-earned insights from investors and entrepreneurs through 30 product demos, 12 startup pitches, insider tips from angel investor Haig Farris, a presentation from innovator Steve Mann, founder discussion panels and interaction with its audience of 500.
 

The art and science of entrepreneurship: this PhD in classics is bringing wearable tech to kids

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Chief learning officer with Linkitz combines interest in kid-tech with lessons from the ancient world
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Launching a startup that teaches kids to code by creating magic wands or bracelets may seem an unlikely career move for a PhD in classics - but for University of Toronto alumnus Christopher Wallace, it’s a perfect fit.

Wallace recently translated his scholarly interest in social tumult from the ancient world into a role as chief learning officer at Linkitz. The startup is developing wearable toys that teach kids – especially girls – to code.

Startup world: U of T entrepreneurs take their companies to OCE Discovery conference

Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

University of Toronto entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors showed off their startups at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery conference April 27 and 28 – making connections and sharing best practices for Toronto-based companies in the global economy.

$20M opens high performance computing consortium to new research areas

Author: 
Paul Fraumeni

A $20 million investment from the federal government will enable the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) consortium to add new areas of focus – such as advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity – to its research projects.

U of T is a founding member of SOSCIP, created in 2012 to support collaboration between academic researchers and industries using advanced computing and big data analytics.  

Why did U of T name its entrepreneurship hub after Banting and Best?

Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

They saved lives here at home and around the world and they launched the first cohort of entrepreneurs at the University of Toronto – in 1923.

“Banting wasn’t an entrepreneur. Best wasn’t an entrepreneur. But the emergence of insulin really was an example of entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto,” says Michael Bliss, historian and author of The Discovery of Insulin.

Law and computer science collaborate to change the future of legal research

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App supported by IBM Watson can help answer complex tax questions
Author: 
Nina Haikara

As an expert in taxation law and judicial decision-making, Faculty of Law Professor Benjamin Alarie is ready to change how legal research is done. 

And you can get a glimpse of his vision of the future at the Ontario Centres of Excellence’ (OCE) Discovery 2015 which runs from April 27 to 28.

Alumni startup Nanoleaf creating green jobs in Toronto, China

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Earth Day sees company add designer bulb to its suite of energy-efficient LEDs
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

It started with a viral campaign for the world’s most energy-efficient light bulb in 2013. Now, international media are also calling Nanoleaf a “green job” leader.

SeamlessMD: helping patients prep for surgery and recover faster

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New tech from alumni startup at hospital in the GTA
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg
 
A mobile app and web platform from U of T medical and engineering grads is improving readiness and recovery for surgery patients at Toronto East General Hospital.
 

Y Combinator gives boost to U of T drug development startup

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Backed by U of T's Techno, Impact Centre and Creative Destruction, entrepreneurs head to Silicon Valley
Author: 
Scott McAuley

Its goal is to make better medicines, faster – and U of T startup Atomwise (formerly known as Chematria) just got a boost from Y Combinator, the prestigious accelerator in Silicon Valley.

Interested in video game design? This is the place to be

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Level Up, Ontario’s premier showcase of student game design, is ready for players April 2
Author: 
Orbelina Cortez-Barbosa

Level Up offers members of the public the chance to check out 80 interactive projects from 16 different institutions, says the University of Toronto’s Steve Engels. And everyone is welcome – from gaming enthusiasts to industry leaders.

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