Posts Tagged: student entrepreneurs

MaRS Innovation sponsoring Angels’ Den competition

Prima IP co-sponsoring the Ryerson University and St. Michael’s Hospital event When your business demands staying current with the newest inventions springing up across 15 academic members, keeping pace with what’s happening is half the challenge. That’s part of the reason why MaRS Innovation and Prima IP are sponsoring winners of an Angels’ Den competition involving the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (iBEST). iBEST is a partnership between Ryerson University and St. Michael's Hospital that brings together Ryerson's engineering and science strengths ... Read more

UTEST program bends career road for Granata Decision Systems’ founders

TORONTO (January 21, 2015) — MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto (U of T) are pleased to announce that the founders of Granata Decision Systems Inc., a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) start-up incubator program, have joined Google Inc. This story was covered in TechVibes. Dr. Craig Boutilier is a professor in U of T’s Department of Computer Science. He and Tyler Lu, a graduating PhD student in the same department, co-founded Granata Decision Systems in 2012 to ... Read more

University of Toronto’s entrepreneurship programs to share over $3 million from province’s Campus-Linked Accelerator Program

UTEST among the four U of T entrepreneurship programs to be funded through Ontario's CLA program The University of Toronto will receive $3,056,000 in funding over two years from the Ontario government to increase its training and support for student entrepreneurship. The funding is part of the Campus-Linked Accelerator Program (CLA), announced today by Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation, and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “Fostering the entrepreneurial spirit among students is a key component of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy, ... Read more

The Varsity on UTEST and start-up culture at U of T; Whirlscape launches new Minuum smartwatch demo

"Start-up culture is fast taking hold at U of T, with an array of incubators and accelerators providing student entrepreneurs the resources and mentorships required to get their businesses up and running," writes Ameya Charnalia of The Varsity, the University of Toronto's student newspaper. Charnalia's article focuses on new student-focused incubators, such as the UTEST program, which provide entrepreneurs cash, access to in-house expertise, working space and mentorship to advice their ideas. It appeared in the same week that recent UTEST graduate Whirlscape released ... 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

Whirlscape’s team on Minuum, Indiegogo and crowdfunding a beta keyboard launch

Every six weeks, MaRS Innovation’s marketing and communications manager writes a guest post for the MaRS Discovery District blog profiling MI’s activities or one of our start-up companies. You can read the original post on the MaRS blog. On Monday, June 17, Whirlscape Inc. released the beta version of its hotly anticipated, tiny, one-dimensional digital keyboard, Minuum: “the little keyboard for big fingers.” If you follow tech gadget news, you’ve likely read about or even supported the company’s successful Indiegogo campaign, which raised more ... Read more

Minuum to end battle between mobile screen space and virtual keyboards

Start-up launches Indiegogo campaign to change future of mobile typing TORONTO, March 18, 2013 —  Whirlscape Inc., a Canadian tech start-up, has developed Minuum, "the little keyboard for big fingers." Updated: The company has now cleared its $60,000 stretch goal to build a wearable development kit. Read the Mobile Syrup follow-up story. Minuum's crowdfunding campaign was covered by the Financial Post, CBC News, CTV News, the Toronto Star and Metro Morning (radio interview). They also did a second spot on CTV News's Tech ... Read more

UTEST program: Giving U of T students a new way to become their own bosses

"There is a path somewhere between extended study and becoming an office worker," wrote The Varsity's Angela Brock, in "Be Your Own Boss: Student entrepreneurs combine creativity and business to forge new career paths" (February 3, 2012). "As it turns out, there are plenty of opportunities for those looking to flex their entrepreneurial muscles without straying too far from the bosom of U of T." Brock's article describes UTEST, the joint U of T-MaRS Innovation program that helps students, faculty and recent ... Read more

University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology Program (UTEST) opens applications for second start-up company cohort

Students, faculty and recent alumni with software ideas must apply by Feb. 22 Got a killer software-based idea? Are you passionate about turning that idea into a start-up company? If you’re a current student, faculty member or recent graduate of the University of Toronto, consider applying to the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program. Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for the third UTEST application call. Created as a pilot in 2012 to help the U of T community bring their software-based ideas to ... Read more

U of T, MaRS Innovation Collaborate to Launch Incubator for Student Software Companies

TORONTO, ON – A new program that provides nascent software companies with start-up funds, work space, mentoring and business strategy support, was launched today by the University of Toronto and commercialization partner MaRS Innovation, with support from the MaRS Discovery District. TechVibes has a profile page for UTEST and covered CoursePeer as part of their students start-ups series. The new program, called University of Toronto Early Stage Technology (UTEST), is part of a growing ecosystem of incubators and commercialization support services at U ... Read more
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