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

CBC’s Lang and O’Leary Exchange features Whirlscape’s Minuum keyboard

UTEST graduate Whirlscape, makers of the wearable, one-line Minuum keyboard, were recently featured on CBC's Lang and O'Leary Exchange. Minuum has also broken the 100 billion pixels mark in screen space saved for its users. Read about it on input, the Minuum blog. Founder and CEO Will Walmsley was interviewed by Amanda Lang. The footage was also made available on CBC News, and was included in CBC's weekly summary of the week's top business stories. Watch the video. Here's an excerpt: Typing on a smartphone ... 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

Whirlscape releases demo of Minuum keyboard on the Moto 360 circular smartwatch

As part of their ongoing efforts to explore the future of wearable typing, UTEST grad Whirlscape released a demo of the Minuum keyboard working on a Moto 360 smartwatch. This news builds upon Whirlscape's activities in the wearables space; the company had previously announced a partnership with Omate Smartwatches that was covered in TechVibes. This news was covered in the Los Angeles Times, Tech Crunch, Droid Life, Mobile Syrup, Digital Trends, SlashGear, Android Community and GigaOM. See also this article speculating on possibilities ... 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

Portfolio Snapshot: Minuum debuts on Google Glass, Crowdmark named most innovative at SIIA

There's been lots of activity in MI's portfolio this week (and it's only Wednesday). Read down for what you need to know about Whirlscape, Crowdmark, OtoSim, and ApneaDx. Whirlscape launches Google Glass demo video Whirlscape's Minuum keyboard nabbed a four-star review from CNET's editors only days before announcing their technology is now available for Google Glass. Watch the UTEST graduate's newest demo video. Reaction coverage: BNN, the Telegraph (U.K.), WPRO (radio), CNET, Mashable, TechCrunch, Mobile Syrup and Android Central, among various other tech blogs. Crowdmark ... 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

Portfolio snapshot: UTEST in the Wall Street Journal, OtoSim & Sylleta win pitch competitions

Here's a snapshot of some recent portfolio activity: UTEST, the early-stage technology accelerator MI runs in partnership with the University of Toronto, was cited in the Wall Street Journal as part of what makes Toronto the best place to build a start-up in Canada and the eighth-best place in the world. Applications for UTEST's the third cohort are open until Thursday, April 17, 2014. OtoSim Inc. placed first out of 20 companies in the Venture Pitch competition at the Fundica Funding Roadshow for ... Read more

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
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