Entrepreneurship

SeamlessMD: helping patients prep for surgery and recover faster

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New tech from alumni startup at hospital in the GTA
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Brianna Goldberg
 
A mobile app and web platform from U of T medical and engineering grads is improving readiness and recovery for surgery patients at Toronto East General Hospital.
 

Y Combinator gives boost to U of T drug development startup

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Backed by U of T's Techno, Impact Centre and Creative Destruction, entrepreneurs head to Silicon Valley
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Scott McAuley

Its goal is to make better medicines, faster – and U of T startup Atomwise (formerly known as Chematria) just got a boost from Y Combinator, the prestigious accelerator in Silicon Valley.

Interested in video game design? This is the place to be

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Level Up, Ontario’s premier showcase of student game design, is ready for players April 2
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Orbelina Cortez-Barbosa

Level Up offers members of the public the chance to check out 80 interactive projects from 16 different institutions, says the University of Toronto’s Steve Engels. And everyone is welcome – from gaming enthusiasts to industry leaders.

How to get accepted into the UTEST startup accelerator: drive and differentiation

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Secrets to application success revealed through a day in the life of an entrepreneur
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Brianna Goldberg

Jackie Yan focuses on tweaking his PowerPoint slide deck despite the chaos unfolding around him.

Near the entrance to the office space he shares with teams from the six other startups that are part of the UTEST accelerator program, a phone spits distorted tones of an investment-related conference call at Hanna Janossy, CEO of a fatigue-management startup called Syncadian, as she scratches a list of notes.

5 ways DemoCamp at U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab moved startup, ChargeSpot, into the fast lane

Author: 
Brianna Goldberg
 
Mobile phones can sometimes feel like our lifeline to the world – making a dead battery at the wrong time seem nothing short of a modern emergency.
 

Cleantech hack: Challenging entrepreneurs to think of next-generation clean technologies

Catalysts that break down pollutants from car exhausts, functional coatings that prevent the build-up of dirt and grime on solar cells, software packages that help engineers design batteries faster and cheaper, new electric bicycles, and most energy efficient light bulbs.

What do these have in common? All are examples of recent technologies from the University of Toronto that represent the next generation of clean innovations.

Foreseeing the future of oil prices

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Multidisciplinary student teams design trading strategies at the first Quantathon
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Nina Haikara

How do you predict the future trading price for a barrel of oil? You may be more likely to succeed if you have a statistician, a financial expert and computer scientist working together. 

Waterfront International Ltd. (WIL), a quantitative finance research firm specializing in developing computer-based statistical trading strategies, challenged University of Toronto students to develop an automated trading strategy for oil prices – in only 48 hours. 

Portable HIV blood-testing device from U of T startup, ChipCare, readies for market with $5 million in funding

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Headquartered at U of T's Banting & Best Centre, global health venture wins millions above target for its field-testing technology
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Brianna Goldberg

Imagine having blood drawn for HIV-related testing. And then imagine never finding out the results.

In many low-income and middle-income countries around the world, research suggests that up to 50 per cent of patients don’t receive test results for treatable diseases such as HIV. They’re cut off from labs by poor infrastructure, unreliable sources of electricity, and other realities of life in rural or developing areas.

But what if the testing could be brought to them and performed on the spot?

The science of proteins and why Dev Sidhu's work matters to you

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“Clever science is only 10 per cent of getting a drug that can cure people,” says Sidhu
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Jovana Drinjakovic

It's called The Protein Society – and its members include chemists, biologists, physicists, mathematicians, students and educators at universities, foundations, institutes and corporations in more than 50 countries working to understand the structure, function and design of proteins.  

Where learners, instructors and employers meet in the cloud: alumni startup, CoursePeer

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U of T-developed company expands scope to launch Franchise University
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Brianna Goldberg

The phrase “life-long learning” can be about embracing change or keeping your brain active as you age.

For University of Toronto alumni and brothers Hadi and Marwan Aladdin, it’s also the bedrock of their successful business: CoursePeer.

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