Entrepreneurship

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)

U of T team launches search for new Ebola treatments using artificial intelligence

Author: 
Michael Kennedy

The University of Toronto, Chematria and IBM are combining forces in a quest to find new treatments for the Ebola virus. 

Using a virtual research technology invented by Chematria, a startup housed at U of T’s Impact Centre, the team will use software that learns and thinks like a human chemist to search for new medicines. Running on Canada’s most powerful supercomputer, the effort will simulate and analyze the effectiveness of millions of hypothetical drugs in just a matter of weeks. 

iamsick.ca startup helps Toronto get healthier with “virtual waiting rooms”, flu shots and more

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Brianna Goldberg
As cold weather approaches, launching coughs and sneezes all around, a startup called iamsick.ca continues to develop free tools to help users in Toronto and beyond get the help they need – fast.
 

Rolling out car-bikes, robotics, crop protections and more than 40 other science-based startups on Nov 5

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Meet five years of grads from Techno's summer bootcamp for science entrepreneurs
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

It’s a chance to get hands-on with startups building the future of cancer treatment, transportation, pharmaceuticals, energy, science education, the environment and more.

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.

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