Posts Tagged: crowdfunding

Knitt Labs launches KnittBar, raises $50,000 on Kickstarter in six days

UTEST graduate company building a versatile, smart, modular power bar We've all been there: You reach over behind your TV to plug in yet another device to find your power bar’s out of available outlets. You wonder why your electricity bill’s so high and want to know which appliance is the culprit. You forget to turn something off (or did you?) and you’re already halfway to a meeting. Knitt Labs, Inc. has developed KnittBar to solve these frustrating problems for those who are ... Read more

MI’s Joel Liederman on CanadaAM to talk product development

Joel Liederman, vice-president of Physical Sciences, appeared on CanadaAM April 5, 2016 to talk about how to make a product. The interview is part of CanadaAM's "What's Next" segment on technology and entrepreneurship. He and host Beverly Thomson discussed the process for moving from a napkin to a prototype to a market-ready product, including market testing, prototyping, soliciting more customer feedback, and eventually product launch. "Marketing a product is a lot easier now than it used to be," said Liederman. "In the ... Read more

Onyx Motion signs NBA’s Ben Gordon and launches Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign

Former Orlando Magic player new innovation director for basketball smartwatch app This article is republished with the kind permission of Brianna Goldberg and our friends at U of T News. UTEST company Onyx Motion has partnered with NBA shooting guard Ben Gordon to raise the calibre of digital basketball coaching offered by the company’s first-of-its-kind technology, a smartwatch app that offers on-court skills guidance. The company announced Gordon’s role in helping to further develop the app, called Swish, on July 8 when launching ... Read more

Sunnybrook forms new industry partnership to advance WaveCheck technology

Co-development agreement, brokered by MaRS Innovation, to advance ultrasound chemotherapy monitoring technology as clinical tool TORONTO (March 12, 2015) — Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and MaRS Innovation today announced a co-development agreement for WaveCheck, an ultrasound technology that transforms conventional equipment so that physicians can monitor a breast cancer tumour’s response to chemotherapy. This announcement was covered in Biotechnology Focus, Aunt Minnie.com (radiology blog), dotmed.com, Bio-Medicine.org, Bloomberg Business and Research Views. The partnership with GE Healthcare, brokered by MaRS Innovation, seeks to develop WaveCheck ... Read more

Toronto Star features Minuum keyboard’s successful iPhone product launch

UTEST graduate Whirlscape was featured in Raju Mudhar's Toronto Star article, "Toronto’s Whirlscape debuts tiny Minuum keyboard on iPhone," which examines the company's successful launch of their innovative, one-line keyboard for Apple's iOS 8. The UTEST program, co-directed by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto's Innovations & Partnerships Office, gives nascent software companies start-up funding, office space, mentoring and business strategy support. Whirlscape was among the program's first cohort. The article was published October 6, 2014. Here's an excerpt: An Indiegogo success 18 ... Read more

WaveCheck campaign part of new study on crowdfunding medical research

MI's Fazila Seker also interviewed in National Post article on what prompts medical researchers to consider crowdfunding The WaveCheck crowdfunding campaign, which raised $53,390 on Indiegogo to support clinical trials for a clinical technique invented by researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Ryerson University, was included in a new Canadian-led study on the merits of crowdfunding to support cancer and rare diseases. "Crowdfunding drug development: The state of play in oncology and rare diseases," was published in Drug Discovery Today's June issue. MaRS ... Read more

WaveCheck breast cancer technology receives $100,000

OICR's catalyst grant enables WaveCheck to open first partner site at MD Anderson Cancer Center in May TORONTO, April 8, 2014 -- People with breast cancer are a step closer to knowing if their tumour is responding to chemotherapy at the start of treatment, thanks to a $100,000 catalyst grant from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). The funding builds upon MaRS Innovation's Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for WaveCheck, which successfully raised over $50,000 from over 500 supporters worldwide in two months last ... Read more

WaveCheck Indiegogo campaign co-directors featured in MedCity News article

MaRS Innovation's Dr. Fazila Seker and Elizabeth Monier-Williams spoke with Deanna Pogorelc of MedCity News about how to define success for campaigns crowdfunding for technologies and research related to the medical field. The article, in MedCity News' Hot Topics section, questions whether a crowdfunding campaign needs to reach its funding goal to be deemed successful. Seker and Monier-Williams completed an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in December for WaveCheck, a clinical technique developed to let women and men know if their breast cancer chemotherapy is working ... 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
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