Entrepreneurship

Look what happens when researchers from one of the world's top ten computer science departments launch a startup

Author: 
Elizabeth Monier-Williams

MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto have announced that the founders of Granata Decision Systems Inc., a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) start-up incubator program, have joined Google Inc.

Why did this science undergrad launch a fashion startup – and which prof helped her succeed?

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Entrepreneurship course inspired Arctic Trim CEO to fast-track her business plan
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Esther Vlessing says a lot of people ask her why a biotechnology student is building a fashion accessory business. Her line of removable fur “ruffs” and “cuffs” designed to refresh the Canadian winter uniform of black Canada Goose parkas doesn’t seem to have much cross-over with the field of science.

Alternative public transit on King West could spur change in TTC: alumni startup LineSix hits the streets

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Geography expert says tech innovations could help improve mass transportation
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

The alumni who piloted an upstart transportation alternative in Toronto last fall are now set to launch regular morning and evening service – and experts say they may be changing the structure of public transit in the process.

U of T student-entrepreneurs head to New York to compete for US$100,000 in seed money

Author: 
Peter Boisseau

Answer: A high-stakes contest pitting a University of Toronto team against U.S. heavyweights, featuring a super computer whose fictional counterpart’s name is often mistakenly associated with “elementary.”

Question: What is the 2015 IBM Watson Challenge?

2014 in review: our 5 biggest entrepreneurship stories

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First-of-their-kind product launches and more than 40 new companies this year alone
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg
This was the year it all started coming together.
 
The University of Toronto’s entrepreneurship statistics were already solid. U of T regularly topped international rankings for numbers of companies started; its researchers and alumni were boosting economies in Canada and beyond with university-developed businesses grounded in innovative tech, chemistry, medicine and more. 
 

IBM Watson competition: U of T students create virtual legal researcher

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Ross swiftly answers legal queries, cites precedents and suggests related readings

And the winner is... Ross. That's the name of the virtual legal researcher designed and created by University of Toronto students for the IBM Watson Cognitive Computing Competition.

This fall, a select group of U of T students were given access to a 'supercomputer' called IBM Watson as part of the competition.

Their task: to develop innovative artificial intelligence-based applications with an entrepreneurial twist.

Tech wearables holiday gift roundup: U of T startups take on smart watches, biometrics and more

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Bionym, Whirlscape among the companies with products already on the market
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

The holidays are upon us and as savvy shoppers search for gift ideas with a personal touch, wearable gadgets from U of T-developed companies are pret-a-porter for the fashionable tech lover on your list.

Maker Faire: U of T startups share tech wonders at the biggest-ever event for Toronto's 'maker' community

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Sojourn Labs, Icewire Makerspace, InteraXon and others met with makers of all ages
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Wheeling, floating, flying and soldering.

These were just a few of the adventures University of Toronto entrepreneurs, students and more than 10,000 Toronto ‘makers’ of all ages got their hands on at the 2014 Toronto Mini Maker Faire, hosted at Toronto Reference Library on November 21 and 22.

Meet Karen Sievewright, managing director of U of T’s new entrepreneurship hub

Author: 
Terry Lavender

When Karen Sievewright moved into her new office in the Best Building on College Street in early November, she discovered an old bottle of white wine. “It was so old it had turned brandy coloured,” she recalled.

Convocation 2014 grads to watch: astronaut for hire Aaron Persad

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Award-winning teacher, entrepreneur and controversial academic receives PhD
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

For Aaron Persad, ‘reach for the stars’ is far more than a clichéd phrase on a graduation card. 

“It may sound a bit wild, but I’m training as a commercial astronaut,” said Persad, who’s graduating this November with a PhD in mechanical and industrial engineering. (Read more about Persad)

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