Entrepreneurship

The organic LED age is here: Meet the U of T engineers behind OTI Lumionics

Author: 
Robert Hercz

Google “OLED,” and you’ll find scores of articles confidently predicting that this is the year of the organic light-emitting diode. Some of those articles are ten years old.

Still, there are reasons to believe the OLED age is finally dawning. In fact, engineering alumnus Michael Helander is betting on it.

Alumni named to Forbes Top 30 under 30 for startup that began in basement of University College residence

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Three of four co-founders of Montreal-based OOHLALA are recent U of T grads
Author: 
Blake Eligh

Paying close attention to what students want to know and how they want to get that information has landed three U of T alumni a spot on Forbes Magazine’s 2015 Top 30 Under 30 list.

Alumni startup OTI Lumionics awarded $5.7 million to produce energy-efficient lighting solutions

Author: 
Luke Ng

It’s about to get a whole lot brighter in Toronto thanks to a significant investment from the Canadian government in a University of Toronto engineering alumnus’ sustainable lighting company.

Who are you wearing? Warming up with FuelWear's intelligent heated base layer

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From U of T incubator team to company on track for massive growth
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

It began with the polar vortex of 2014. That’s when University of Toronto engineering alumni Jason Yakimovich and Alex Huang, fed up with low temperatures, developed the first intelligent heated base layer.

Inside the Creative Destruction Lab interviews

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A look inside the application process for one of U of T's startup accelerators
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

It’s a race against the clock as Chris McIntyre’s legal pad fills with details about the startup founders in front of him.

The table loaded with applications shakes as he writes, wobbling from the force of his fast-moving pen and the twitching knees of one of the anxious interviewees.

I-Cube, on-campus accelerator for student entrepreneurs, opens at UTM

Author: 
Nicolle Wahl

I-CUBE, a new accelerator designed to help student entrepreneurs take a new product or process to market, opened February 10 at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

The accelerator, housed within the Institute for Management & Innovation in the Innovation Complex, was established with $110,000 of U of T’s $3 million in funding from the Government of Ontario through Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), a member of Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE).

The social benefit of 500 hackers

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Computer science students organize U of T Hacks to create new solutions
Author: 
Nina Haikara

In the film Blackhat, actor Chris Hemsworth plays an imprisoned computer hacker who can secure his own release if he helps the FBI stop the code he once helped create. 

But unlike Hollywood films, some hackers use various coding languages, creatively, for social innovation. Hackathons bring hundreds of computer programmers together to learn and build new skills. The results of these “hacks” can solve daily problems or have a wide social impact. 

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.

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