Posts Tagged: commercialization in Canada

UTEST co-founder Lyssa Neel on start-up success

The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program's second cohort is coming to a close, with applications for a third cohort open until April 17. The incubator program, a University of Toronto and MaRS Innovation joint partnership, helps affiliates of the university develop and commercialize their ideas. Successful applicants receive twelve months of mentoring to incubate their technology into a product, with access to immediate follow-on investment of up to $500,000 through MaRS Innovation. Access to provincial and federal funding resources is also available, ... Read more

MI’s Joel Liederman opens medical device panel at BioTransfer 2014

Joel Liederman, MaRS Innovation's vice-president of Business Development and Commercialization for physical sciences, is attending BioTransfer 2014 on March 18 to chair the Medical Devices Committee. This is the first year that Toronto is hosting the BioTransfer conference. Presenters at the one-day event will discuss biotherapeutics, diagnosis and medical technology. The conference's goal is to share knowledge on current trends in the industry and to stimulate collaboration with private sector companies. As chair, Liederman will open the medical devices committee panel discussion on Tuesday afternoon ... Read more

UTEST’s co-directors share what makes for a great start-up application

The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program helps U of T students, recent grads or professors to take their ideas to market. Successful applicants get mentoring, funding and work space over a 12-month period as they advance their ideas. The program is co-managed by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto. In a U of T "Spotlight on Startups" news article, Brianna Goldberg spoke with Mike Betts and Kurtis Scissons, UTEST co-directors, on what makes for a great applicant. Here's an excerpt: What are ... Read more

Whirlscape exits beta, launches version 2.0 of the Minuum keyboard

Whirlscape Inc., a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program's cohort graduate, exits beta with the version 2.0 release of Minuum, their hit "small keyboard for big fingers." Whirlscape Inc. graduated from the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program's first cohort. UTEST is accepting applications for its third cohort until April 17. Click here to apply.  Version 2.0's release is already a popular download for Android Apps in the Google Play store. Users can get a 30-day free trial of Minuum and ... Read more

MaRS Innovation sponsoring OCAD’s incubator companies in The Artist Project

OCAD U, one of MaRS Innovation’s 16 member institutions, is participating in seventh annual showcase know as The Artist Project from February 20 to 23. The event demonstrates how art intersects with people, fashion and the environment. MaRS Innovation is supporting several fashion installations through OCAD’s Imagination Catalyst in the Installation Zone, specifically artists Jennifer Ilett and MeU. Jennifer Ilett, in collaboration with Sprout Guerrilla, will be showcasing a special moss graffiti art installation that combines technical, digital techniques and imagery with the ... Read more

UTEST accepting applications for third cohort of University of Toronto entrepreneurs

MaRS Innovation-U of T accelerator program among Canada’s best The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology accelerator program (UTEST) is now accepting applications for a third cohort until April 17, 2014. Applicants must be current students or faculty at U of T, or have graduated within the last two years. UTEST has just launched a new website with complete application information about the early-stage incubator and a link to the application form: The 12-month program allows selected U of T affiliates to access office space, mentoring and ... Read more

UTEST grad Crowdmark profiled in The Globe and Mail article

Crowdmark, a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program's first cohort, was the focus of a February 17 article by Ivor Tossell, The Globe and Mail's technology culture columnist. Created by U of T professor James Colliander, Crowdmark allows educators to quickly and efficiently grade large amounts of tests and exams. Tossell highlighted Crowdmark's innovation and ease-of-use for the grader. The product is cloud-based, meaning that a team of educators marking the same group of exams don't have to be in ... Read more

Huffington Post : MaRS Innovation among driving forces in Canada’s start-up landscape

In "Big-Brain Hunting: The Key to Supercluster Success," the Huffington Post's Pat Lynch investigates how and what makes start-ups successful. Attracting top-talent is listed as a major reason, but so is the environment required to give start-ups the tools they need to flourish. Lynch highlights MaRS Innovation as a driving force in sustaining the innovation industry in Canada by attracting big ideas and global talent, using former MI project manager Lyssa Neel as an example. Neel helped launch the education sector start-up Crowdmark, and ... Read more

Slyce acquires YorkU computer vision technology for retail e-commerce

Deal led by MaRS Innovation and Innovation York to strengthen Slyce’s mobile image recognition application for retail e-commerce TORONTO, Feb. 4, 2014—Slyce today announced that it has acquired a computer vision technology developed at York University that quickly analyzes and aggregates similar images. Through the acquisition, Slyce also hired former York PhD student, Dr. Ehsan Fazl-Ersi, to lead the integration of the intellectual property into Slyce’s Visual Search Platform as their new head of Research & Development. Slyce is a premium provider of visual ... Read more

Council of Academic Hospitals features WaveCheck technology and crowdfunding campaign

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario's online magazine highlighted WaveCheck on February 3, 2014 as a more personalized approach to cancer treatments because of the technology's ability to effectively monitor chemotherapy response. WaveCheck's technology, invented by Dr. Gregory Czarnota of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Professor Michael C. Kolios of Ryerson University, allows women and men undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer to know if their treatment is working at the beginning of treatment (within one to four weeks) rather than at ... Read more
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