Portfolio Update: OtoSim on Healthy Sim blog; UTEST grads Whirlscape and Crowdmark launch betas

Here’s a snapshot of some MI start-up news that you may have missed over the last week:

  • OtoSim Inc.‘s medical training simulators, which teach otoscopy and otolargyngology skills in an interactive way, were featured on the Healthy Simulation blog. (Watch the interview with Louis Hui, OtoSim’s director of business development, on Youtube or see the embedded clip below.)utest
  • Crowdmark launched a private beta of their web-based grading application, which has a paper-to-cloud bridge and marking workflow that streamline document assessment on a massive scale. Teachers interested in using Crowdmark can apply to participate in the beta directly through the website.
  • Crowdmark also made the front page of peHUB Canada. Read Kirk Falconer’s feature story, “Ed-Tech Start-up Crowdmark Earns Top Grades From First Adopters. Will VCs Follow Suit?” (no longer available online).
  • Whirlscape launched a public beta of their Minuum one-line keyboard on the Google Play store. The keyboard sells for $3.99.
  • The public launch of Minuum’s updated beta earned headlines in multiple media outlets, including TechCrunch, The Verge, MobileSyrup, LifeHacker and GizModo (Australia).

Both Crowdmark and Whirlscape are graduates of the UTEST accelerator’s first cohort of companies and emerged from University of Toronto research.

OtoSim’s technology emerged from The Hospital for Sick Children, but has a U of T connection through the cross-appointment and involvement of its founders in medical education at the university.