Entrepreneurship

Canada Next: MaRS CEO on the future for startups

Author: 
Alan Christie

Canada is good at creating startup companies but not enough of them are high-growth enterprises, the so-called gazelles of the industry, says Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of the MaRS Discovery District.

But the good news, she says, is that U of T is increasingly a “driving force”  for startups, helping them not just to thrive but to succeed in Canada so that the economic benefits accrue to this country. 

Conference Cloud: siblings' startup brings conferences to entrepreneurs

Author: 
Olivia Tomic

For brother and sister Olivia and John-Alan Simmons, juggling an undergraduate education and running a business is par for the course. 

As products of an entrepreneurial home, the Simmons siblings say they have an inherent understanding of the hard work, dedication and support that it takes for a business to succeed. So when it came time for them to go to university, they didn't opt for traditional part-time jobs.

Diagnosing malaria: U of T startup developing “practical, fast and affordable solution”

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With mobile technology common in areas where malaria is endemic, students create app to detect disease
Author: 
Carolyn Morris

Malaria is among the leading causes of death in many developing countries. But detecting the disease is an uncertain art, prone to human error.

A new, student-led startup at the University of Toronto aims to take the guesswork out of detecting malaria with smartphone lens attachments and image-recognition software.

Faculty of Medicine writer Carolyn Morris spoke with one of the co-founders, Fatema Chowdhury, to find out more about the endeavor.

U of T startup uses anti-inflammatory coating to ensure your body won't reject medical implants

Author: 
Erin Vollick

From screws and plates for broken bones to metal hips and dental implants, every day thousands of people undergo surgeries to implant medical devices in the body.

But sometimes their immune systems respond by attacking these foreign objects.

For some patients, this inflammatory response can be controlled by drugs. Others will experience device failure.

Beat the holiday shopping blues with U of T creativity

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Five gift ideas developed by U of T entrepreneurs
Author: 
Olivia Tomic

The holiday season is upon us, and while for some it’s the most wonderful time of year, for others it’s a rush to find the perfect gift on a dwindling deadline.

Have no fear – the University of Toronto’s entrepreneurs have been at work crafting products that might be just the item you’ve been searching for. From tech gadgets to fashion solutions, these five products are ready for purchase for the loved one on your list.

Google Demo Day for women gives top prize to Bridgit startup

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Construction app developed with help from U of T entrepreneurship experts
Author: 
Olivia Tomic

Bridgit – a communications app for construction workers – is the winner of the first women’s edition of Google’s Demo Day for entrepreneurs.  

Out of more than 450 applications from 40 countries, Bridgit was selected as one of just 11 startup teams to pitch at the event, held at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.  

They were the only Canadian team pitching alongside entrepreneurs from Brazil, Israel, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

U of T's Team Vicis heads to Hult Prize regionals with e-commerce for street vendors

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Tricia Jose: “We are capable of making a change in the world today, right here and right now”
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Team Attollo, meet Team Vicis.

Team Attollo, winner of the first U of T Hult regional prize competition in December 2014, went on to the world finals of the highly competitive global social entrepreneurship event.

Kinetica: engineering safer buildings in Toronto, Canada and worldwide

Sub-title: 
New condos in Toronto will use technology developed at U of T
Author: 
Tyler Irving

Kinetica is reaching new heights at home and abroad.

The company, which designs devices that safely dissipate the energy absorbed by high-rise buildings during high winds and earthquakes, just announced that its technology would be incorporated into the YC Condos at the corner of Yonge and College in Toronto.

Software giant Autodesk moves into MaRS

Sub-title: 
U of T roots run deep in multinational company
Author: 
Olivia Tomic

Autodesk – the high-tech software company that helps create everything from special effects in film to 3D prosthetic limb sockets for real-life users – is moving to MaRS.

“We’re thrilled to be moving to MaRS to be close to leading research groups and incredible talent,” said alumnus Gordon Kurtenbach, senior director of research at Autodesk.

SeamlessMD raises $1.1 million from angel investors, BDC Capital, Funders Club

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Company co-founded by alumnus Joshua Liu is making a difference to surgery patients and providers
Author: 
Erin Howe

The next time you’re scheduled for surgery, your to-do list could include accessing a web-based program or downloading an app to your smartphone or tablet – thanks to a recent U of T grad and a startup with serious backers.

SeamlessMD, a company co-founded by alumnus Dr. Joshua Liu, is helping people prepare for and recover from surgery using their mobile devices and home computers.

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