Entrepreneurship

These brothers invented a device to slash vampire power

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Now they're working with U of T's Entrepreneurship Hatchery to bring it to market
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Jamie Hunter

First-year Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) student Deep Prasad (ElecE 1T7) could have studied anywhere. The Surrey, B.C., native received scholarship offers from universities across the country, but U of T Engineering’s Entrepreneurship Hatchery sealed the deal.

Who made the best app (and walked away with the cash prize)?

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Marit Mitchell

Smartphones in the classroom are a harmful distraction to learning, right? Wrong — thanks to a new app called Baton, teachers can harness the power of the ubiquitous devices for good, inviting students to participate in more productive classroom discussion.

Spotlight on Startups: students launch company without waiting for entrepreneurship course to finish

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PeerPrinter offers free printing for class notes, with ads
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Brianna Goldberg

Benjamin Seo-Yong Park couldn’t wait for the exam. Park, a fourth-year French Language Teaching student taking an undergraduate course in entrepreneurship at The Impact Centre at U of T, recently conceived of and launched an already growing startup called PeerPrinter.

Startup iamsick flourishes in lengthy cold/flu season

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Putting health in your hands
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Brianna Goldberg

As winter begins to slowly release its grip on the Canadian climate, a final rush of colds, flus and gastrointestinal woes seem to be “going around” while the season offers one last gasp.

"Asia’s richest philanthropist," major Silicon Valley firm invest in alumni’s Nanoleaf light bulb

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Quirky-looking and eco-friendly bulbs win new support
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Brianna Goldberg
 
Just a year after launching a Kickstarter campaign resulting in more than $200,000 in investments, alumni startup Nanoleaf has banked support from Hong Kong business mogul and philanthropist Li Ka Shing (dubbed "Asia's richest man" by Bloomberg News) and Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins.
 

Entrepreneur teams will transform libraries in 48 hours

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Debut Startup Weekend EDU: Library Edition presented in part by U of T Libraries
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Brianna Goldberg

A global program fostering quick-turnaround startups is set to revolutionize library systems at U of T and beyond through the first-ever Startup Weekend EDU: Library Edition.

The event is sponsored by University of Toronto Libraries and produced by a team including some of U of T’s top library innovators.

Spotlight on Startups: How to get accepted into U of T’s startup incubators

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Revealing tips for Techno, Creative Destruction Lab and UTEST success
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Brianna Goldberg

Though the entrepreneurial spirit in many ways thrives on freedom and independence, those ready with a great idea but struggling with business chops often seek help through an accelerator or incubator program. And U of T has all sorts of them, for all sorts of entrepreneurs.

This Spotlight on Startups series profiles the entrepreneurial efforts of some of the hundreds of companies spun out from research and connections sparking every day at the University of Toronto:

Spotlight on Startups: Teen Legal Helpline connects kids with lawyers, counselling and more

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Alumnus builds service for kids needing advice, support
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Free, confidential and anonymous legal advice for teens who need it: it’s one of those things that seems like a no-brainer  a basic service to help a vulnerable population. But now, thanks to a U of T alumnus and his team of lawyer volunteers, the much-needed service is established, growing and changing the lives of kids in and around Toronto.

Raptors, NFL, Twitter, more to meet with students at Sports Business Association conference

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Lineup offers a 360-degree look at sports industry
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Brianna Goldberg

Leaders from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Bloomberg Sports, Nike, UFC and more will be at the Rotman School of Management on 12 March meeting with student fans and those eager to pursue sports business as a career.

The stakes are raised with this third annual conference and career fair, hosted by the University of Toronto Sports Business Association (UTSB), now in collaboration with the Rotman Sports Business Club:

Legal entrepreneur: lawyer engineers a better law firm

Author: 
Lucianna Ciccocioppo

Monica Goyal remembers the day the ‘light bulb’ turned on in her head. She was an associate at a large downtown Toronto law firm, billing close to $200 an hour. “And I realized that I could not afford myself.”

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