Entrepreneurship

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
Author: 
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
Author: 
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
Author: 
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
Author: 
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.

teaBOT: doing business one cup at a time

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“Just because you're in a hurry doesn't mean you don't deserve something that's great,” says co-founder Brian Lee
Author: 
Blake Eligh

Safina Allidina thought she was headed for a career in healthcare management, but a cup of tea changed her mind.

The science of social impact: U of T startup, Pueblo Science, earns official charitable status

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Science literacy startup celebrates five years with “food science” gala on March 19
Author: 
Scott McAuley and Brianna Goldberg

From the streets of Toronto to the classrooms of the Southeast Asia, Mayrose Salvador’s startup Pueblo Science puts knowledge in the hands of those who need it most: kids.

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.

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