Entrepreneurship

U of T Cities podcast final episode: future cities

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Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Richard Florida, Patricia McCarney and Meric Gertler
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

It's been a long road to election day in Toronto.

But – regardless of which candidates come out on top – all the ideas brought to life through debates, platforms, opinion pieces and public discussion will result in a new city and set its citizens on a new path.

U of T Cities podcast episode three: sustainable cities

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Experts describe Toronto's future buildings, transit and economy
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

With the election just a week away, voter decisions are coming down to the wire: when it comes time to actually cast their ballot, will the choice they make help build a better Toronto?

The latest in U of T News' mini-series of podcasts tackles the question of sustainability to offers voters – and anyone interested in the future of urban issues – an idea of what global cities like Toronto could look like just a few years from now.

12 ideas turning scientists into startup founders

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‘Techno’ program helps entrepreneurs from a research background build a business
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg and Scott McAuley

All entrepreneurs face the same challenge of bringing their ideas to market, and the founders coming out of Techno’s entrepreneur development program are no different.

However, this particular group of entrepreneurs – immersed in ground-breaking, academic science and engineering-based research – must also learn to shift their thinking from researcher to businessperson as they enter the world of startup ventures.

Not sure which mayoral candidate aligns with your values? Vote Compass can help

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Startup from political science PhD empowering voters from here to Australia
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

During all the drama and flair of an election, it can be hard for voters to separate their feelings about candidates' personalities from the substance of their platforms and promises.

And in a hotly contested race such as the one leading up to Toronto’s mayoral election, where dramatic changes in the city’s course are close at hand, citizens are questioning – perhaps more deeply than usual –  who should get their vote.

The answer could be just a few clicks away.

World's first consumer-ready OLED lamp

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New product from alumni startup OTI Lumionics gives investors a glimpse of technology's potential
Author: 
Luke Ng & RJ Taylor

If you visit the lighting section of your nearest hardware store, chances are you’ll be bombarded by the latest mega-efficient LED bulbs – but to alumnus Michael Helander, that technology is old news.

Helander and a team of former U of T Engineering students recently released the world’s first organic LED (or OLED) lamp, aerelight™. The product harnesses the power of next-generation OLEDs to emit a warm light from a thin sheet of non-toxic, carbon-based materials.

U of T Cities podcast episode two: the future of transit

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Meeting the U of T experts and startups reimagining transit downtown and beyond
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

No matter which box Torontonians check on October 27, this city is on a course for change.
 

U of T News is presenting a mini-series of podcasts aimed at giving voters – or anyone interested in the future of cities – an idea of what Toronto and other global cities could look like just a few years from now, as the urban-focused research and businesses developed by University of Toronto experts come to life.

Fertility startup: a year in the life of the researcher-turned-entrepreneur

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QSperm looks back on international pitching competition, support from U of T
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

In vitro fertilization is a costly, invasive process – but what if there was a way to vastly improve a woman’s chances of getting pregnant in fewer in vitro sessions?

Enter QSperm, a startup grounded in U of T-developed research.

Startup accelerator Hult Prize comes to U of T

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Encouraging social entrepreneurs to solve world's most pressing problems
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Last year, six University of Toronto teams made it to the regional finals of the Hult Prize – an annual competition where teams of university students develop innovative ideas to solve the world’s biggest social problems, such as non-communicable diseases and malnutrition.

Those regional finals took place in London, Dubai, Boston, Sao Paolo, San Francisco and Shanghai.

U of T Cities podcast episode one: the future of traffic

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Mini-series launches with U of T experts on smarter traffic lights, hybrid vehicles and politics of the road
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Issues driving public debate and city politics over the past year are heating up as Toronto voters get ready to head to the polls.

Their decisions on October 27 will shape the city's development over the coming years. 

Bionym raises $14 million for heartbeat-sensing wearable to replace passwords, key cards

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Alumni developed company through U of T accelerator, entrepreneurship supports
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg
 
The Engineering alumni behind a wearable device called the “Nymi” – a bracelet-style product that eliminates the need for passwords, PIN codes and more by authenticating your heartbeat – scored $14 million in investment this week from key industry players including Ignition Partners, Relay Ventures, MasterCard and others.
 
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