Posts Tagged: start-up companies

Dr. Rafi Hofstein in Biotechnology Focus: What will it take to regain Canada’s biotechnology leadership?

Biotechnology Focus, a compendium of the Canadian life sciences industry, has published a guest column by MaRS Innovation President & CEO, Dr. Raphael Hofstein. The article explores the role life sciences assets, financing and talented management--the three Ms--must play in revitalizing Canada's biotechnology sector: At the close of the 20th century, Canada was perceived as a key contributor to the success of the global biotech voyage. You know what happened next: the mechanisms to fund early ventures collapsed together with the collapse of the ... Read more

Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator to Partner with BDC Venture Capital

MaRS Innovation co-partner in pan-Canadian effort to help create up to 20 leading start-up companies CEBIO International Conference, San Diego – June 25, 2014: BDC Venture Capital and the Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator (Accel-Rx) announced today a collaboration to provide critical seed funding to new and emerging Canadian health sciences companies. This announcement was covered in TechVibes, PE HUB and BetaKit. Together, Accel-Rx, BDC Venture Capital, and CDRD Ventures Inc. (CVI) which will provide the initial management to launch Accel-Rx operations, would focus on ... Read more

Globe and Mail: Strong incubators are key to driving innovation

Jeff Cates' op-ed in the Globe and Mail's Small Business/Digital Innovation section on June 19, 2014 argues that incubators have a key role to play in fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and growing new industries in Ontario. Cates states this is particularly true when incubators when they provide programs and services to help young entrepreneurs succeed. The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology program (UTEST), co-managed with MaRS Innovation, is one such program. UTEST is set to announce its third cohort within the next month. (more…) Read more

U of T names inventors of the year, celebrates top innovators

UTEST companies and MaRS Innovation partnership recognized along with this year's honourees A better keyboard for mobile devices, intelligent traffic lights to tackle traffic jams, a more ecofriendly way to make nanoparticles for applications such as solar cells and agriculture, and an artificial neural network that improves the way computers learn. These four inventions took top honours May 21 at the University of Toronto Celebrates Innovation event. Mobile Syrup covered Whirlscape's involvement in this event. Read the story. The annual event, which has previously honoured ... Read more

QSperm: Technology to help couples get pregnant faster

MaRS Innovation and U of T's Innovations & Partnerships Office collaborating with QSperm on intellectual property and business strategy In vitro fertility treatments can be intensely emotional and medically invasive, not to mention expensive. But technical developments from a research group at the University of Toronto may soon be able to shorten the journey to pregnancy – and that potential has piqued interest from international investors. The research group, QSperm, is looking to turn their research into a biotech start-up leveraging an innovative sperm sorting design ... Read more

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

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

UTEST Featured in BetaKit’s The Accelerator Series

The University of Toronto Early Stage Technology (UTEST) program was the focus of a recent online article in BetaKit, a Canadian innovation and technology resource. The article by Joseph Czikk, BetaKit's managing editor, is part of a series on Canada's most promising start-up accelerators and the people who  make them successful. Czikk highlights UTEST "as one of the most value-packed programs in the entire country" and credits the calibre of applicants and ideas to the program's requirement to have at least one co-founder ... Read more

Financial Post lists Whirlscape as Canadian Start-Up to Watch

2014 set to be big year for the start-up and UTEST grad Whirlscape's Minuum keyboard leads the way in Matthew Braga's January 5 Financial Post article highlighting promising start-ups from across Canada. In 2013, Whirlscape's Minuum keyboard app debuted at number 2 on Google's Top New Paid Apps List after raising over $87,000 on an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. They've also been accepted into Y Combinator, a prestigious U.S. accelerator program. Here's an excerpt from the article: Minuum's potential goes far beyond improved touchscreen typing. The company's so-called "one-dimensional" keyboard ... Read more

OtoSim CEO on growing a successful start-up company with help from MaRS Innovation

Dr. Andrew (Andy) Sinclair, OtoSim’s CEO, was interviewed by PharmaBoadroom.com on October 10, 2013 to discuss the company’s success and plans for the future. OtoSim's otoscopy training device is revolutionizing the way medical students, teachers and nurses perfect otoscopy techniques. The invention, developed by Doctors Vito Forte and Paolo Campisi at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), provides them with a device that simulates the structure of an actual ear rather than only reading techniques from a textbook. The article highlights how effective ... Read more
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