Entrepreneurship

This is what a room of student startups competing for $42,000 in funding feels like

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The Entrepreneurship Hatchery’s demo night hosted 13 teams competing for investment
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Aiming for more than $42,000 in prizes, the young University of Toronto entrepreneurs pitching to investors packed their presentations with 3D animations, live classical guitar serenades, product giveaways hidden under audience chairs – and one very efficient mop bucket.

Fall fashion tips from a personalized stylist in your pocket: Blynk, built by a U of T entrepreneur

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Users swipe their way to new purchases as Blynk app gains industry steam
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg
According to Shums Kassam, a U of T engineering degree equips its students with many valuable things, but a solid fashion sense isn’t one of them.
 
“I wasn’t really into fashion, but after getting styled by a fashionable friend, my confidence increased and I found value in dressing and presenting myself better,” says the fourth-year engineering science student. “This was not something I learned from my engineering education.”
 

DIY robots, 3D printed chocolate and more: calling U of T entrepreneurs, students to join Toronto Maker Faire

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In search of exhibitors and audiences for “The Greatest Show And Tell on Earth”
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

For anyone who makes anything – from R2D2s to DIY skateboards to 3D-printed chocolate sculptures and beyond –  taking part in the Maker Faire means entering into a worldwide family-friendly carnival of wondrous, inventive physical stuff.

Launched as a showcase of cool inventions from California’s Bay area in 2006, satellite Maker Faires have since popped up around the globe in locations like Nairobi, Oslo and Rome, with a second annual instalment hosting thousands of ‘makers’ in Toronto on November 22 and 23.

Is this "the only app you'll need" when the iPhone 6 hits stores next week?

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Alumni startup charts older iPhone value decline, helps users re-sell handsets for top dollar
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg
 
The U of T alumni behind a startup called Orchard a diagnostic app that appraises and helps resell old iPhones through its online market - have figured out exactly the moment when iPhone users will want to get rid of their old handsets. And that moment is right now.
 

First intelligent, heated clothing burns up Indiegogo

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Engineering alumni blast past crowdfunding goal of $20,000 in five days
Author: 
Marit Mitchell

Were you a little chilly last winter? So were Alex Huang and Jason Yakimovich. And they did something about it.

Then students slogging through bitter drifts to fourth-year classes, the two were so unimpressed by the polar vortex that they decided to take matters into their own hands by inventing the world's first intelligent heated base layer.

"That cold winter was the instigator," remembers Yakimovich. "We had the idea, and things got pretty serious pretty quickly."

Three health tech startups from U of T entrepreneurs making news

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Bionym, Figure 1 and Quanttus see new funding, features, media coverage
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

They’re building up, shipping out and being celebrated as the future of innovation.

U of T is a hub for many biotech and health innovators looking to develop their research and business acumen through programs, courses, accelerators and more.

ScienceScape startup founded by U of T student helps researchers track findings

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“It is a crazy problem; nobody knows what is happening in science”
Author: 
Elaine Smith

Sometimes an invention makes so much sense people wonder why it didn’t already exist. Take the U of T-based startup, ScienceScape.

A platform that organizes and streams thousands of articles published every day in biomedical science journals, ScienceScape helps researchers keep tabs on the most recent developments in their fields.

Why this U of T biotech entrepreneur made MIT’s Innovators Under 35 list

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Engineering alumnus David He tapped for work on covert startup, Quanttus
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

David He finds himself in good company today: MIT Technology Review just named him to its list of Innovators Under 35.

It's a title the University of Toronto engineering alumnus shares with past honourees such as Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jack Dorsey (Twitter) and Jonathan Ive (designer of the iPod and iPad), to name a few.

So what market disrupting innovation has He produced to get added to this list of game-changers?

Business Development Bank of Canada partners with U of T startup accelerator, Creative Destruction Lab

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"A perfect fit" says BDC Capital
Author: 
Ken McGuffin and Brianna Goldberg

Creative Destruction Lab, an elite startup accelerator at the University of Toronto, will receive a major boost over the next three years as it teams up with influential crown corporation BDC Capital, a leading investor in emerging business in Canada.

Lighting brighter: why Toronto is a world-class hub for energy efficient lighting

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Major 'smart sustainable lighting’ conference to spark more collaborations
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Doing more with less is both the future of lighting and a trend that’s already flipped the switch in homes and businesses around the world, as 'smart sustainable' lighting like LEDs use less energy to shine brighter than ever before.

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