Posts Tagged: University of Toronto Early Stage Technology (UTEST)

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

MaRS Innovation’s top 10 portfolio stories for 2014

MaRS Innovation enjoyed an exceptional year in 2014. Our team continues to collaborate with researchers within our membership to help bridge the commercialization gap between their world-leading research and creating successful start-up companies or licenses. Here are our picks for the top 10 news stories from MaRS Innovation's portfolio. 1. Triphase Accelerator Corporation, in which MaRS Innovation is an investor, started the year with a bang by signing a collaboration and option agreement with Celgene Corporation. In October, Triphase initiated a Phase I clinical study ... Read more

UTEST announces third cohort of U of T software start-ups

Products range from wearable digital coaches to socially-drive financial investment tools TORONTO (Dec. 2, 2014) — The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) incubator, co-directed by U of T’s Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) and MaRS Innovation, has announced its third cohort of computer science start-up companies. Betakit and Electronic Products &Technology covered this announcement; TechVibes featured Syncadian and Onyx Motion in recent features. The U of T magazine also featured Syncadian and CEO Hanna Janossy in this recent profile. The five companies and ... Read more

UTEST gets a mention in TechVibes piece on Canada’s growing start-up scene

TechVibes gave UTEST, an incubator program jointly run by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto, a mention in Laura Leslie's "Canada’s Startup Communities Shining Brighter Than the California Sun," published November 24, 2014, which explores the ecosystem-wide supports in place to encourage entrepreneurship in Canada. Leslie writes: Silicon Valley may be the first place that comes to mind when you think of tech startups, but when considering resources, financial support, and a welcoming atmosphere, Canada has been steadily putting itself on the map. ... Read more

UTEST grad TrendMD makes Canadian national media splash

TrendMD, a medical publishing company that helps doctors, researchers, and professionals in STEM-related fields to find the most relevant content amid an unending sea of daily publications, was recently featured in a Canadian Press article by Adam Miller. The article was published on CBC.ca, CTV.ca, Waterloo Record, Sing Tao Daily, World Journal, Surrey Leader, Metro News, Winnipeg Free Press, Brampton Guardian, Ottawa Citizen, 660 News Radio, Canadian Business, Times Colonist, Yahoo News, Soo Today, Lethbridge Herald and YorkRegion.com, among other sources. The company is ... Read more

Whirlscape develops predictive keyboard for Will.i.am’s wearable Puls cuff

Whirlscape, makers of the Minuum keyboard, have developed a small, predictive keyboard for Will.i.am's wearable Puls cuff. The company is a graduate of the UTEST program's first cohort. The Puls, announced by the musician and entrepreneur on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, is expected to be released in time for the 2014 holiday season. The Puls announcement and Whirlscape's involvement were covered by Mashable. Mashable's Karissa Bell describes how Whirlscape's keyboard integrates with the Puls: Puls uses a ... 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

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

Minuum launches iOS 8 keyboard, expanding product to Apple users

Whirlscape, a graduate of the UTEST program's first cohort (co-managed by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto), has launched their little keyboard for big fingers to Apple users. The software, released to coincide with Apple's iOS 8 launch, is part of Whirlscape's larger efforts to develop typing solutions for wearable devices, including smartwatches, Google Glass and other applications. The Minuum product launch for iOS was covered in TechCrunch, The Next Web and Mobile Syrup, among other tech blogs, and was mentioned in ... Read more

Whirlscape releases Minuum version 2.11, teases for iOS 8 launch

Whirlscape, graduates of the UTEST program, made tech headlines last week by releasing a teaser of Minuum, their one-line, mobile keyboard for wearable devices, running on an iPhone. The announcement and teaser gif were covered in TechCrunch, SlashGear, MobileSyrup and AndroidGuys, among other tech outlets. From input, the Minuum blog: We’ve embraced the design philosophies of iOS to refine Minuum into an elegant typing experience centred around our incredibly powerful autocorrect. (more…) Read more
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