Posts Tagged: commercialization in Toronto

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

Y Combinator-backed Whirlscape closes $500,000 seed funding round

Minuum keyboard creators accelerate wearable device input technology development TORONTO, Canada (February 6, 2014) — Whirlscape Inc., creators of Minuum, “the little keyboard for big fingers,” have closed an investment seed round for just over $500,000 (USD). Y Combinator, FundersClub, BDC Venture Capital, and a dozen other prominent angel investors have contributed to the round. Whirlscape’s plans for the capital involve innovating beyond its participation in Silicon Valley’s start-up accelerator Y Combinator. Whirlscape also aims to consolidate the success of its Minuum keyboard ... 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

Bioprinter covered on CTV’s Canada AM

The Bioprinter project, a three-way initiative from MaRS Innovation, the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, was featured on Canada AM on January 29 during a segment with Dr. Marla Shapiro, the program's Health and Medical Expert. The Bioprinter, whose commercial applications are being developed by MI's Fanny Sie, is a 3D printer than can print on organic material, including skin. Click here to watch the full segment on CTV's Canada AM.  Shapiro visited Dr. Marc Jeschke and his team in his lab at Sunnybrook to ... Read more

Whirlscape’s Minuum keyboard profiled on The Discovery Channel

Whirlscape Inc.'s Minuum keyboard was featured on the January 27, 2014 episode of Discovery Canada's Daily Planet. Lucas Cochran, Daily Planet's technology correspondent, covered the technology that's perfect for small devices and big fingers, noting that Minuum's creators are successfully combating the small amount of space available on wearable technology, like smart watches. Check out the video here. The profile, in Cochran's Digit@l segment, begins at the 1:10 mark. (more…) Read more
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