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.
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. ...
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:
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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, ...
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 ...
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…)
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 ...
"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 ...
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 ...