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Entrepreneurship @ UofT Week: startups nurtured here

Co-founders Jonathan Lung (left) and Phil Lam (right) of U of T startup Sojourn Labs are focused on developing a car-bike hybrid (photo by Johnny Guatto)

It’s Entrepreneurship@UofT Week – your chance to meet innovators from Canada’s leading startups and get tips on everything from making connections to perfecting your elevator pitch

#EntWeekUofT is the hashtag to follow as the University of Toronto hosts a wide range of events from March 27 to 31.

The week features more than a dozen events hosted by incubator and accelerator programs and other partners, from a webinar with Entrepreneurship Librarian Carey Toane to a session on social entrepreneurship with The Agency.

“Research that feeds innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization is thriving at U of T, ” said Professor Vivek Goel, U of T's vice-president, research and innovation. “In all sectors and across all of our campuses, our faculty and students are turning ideas into products, services, jobs, and companies that are contributing to the Canadian economy and improving lives around the world.”

Everything wraps up Friday with an all-day Startup Showcase at U of T's Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport featuring a networking opportunity with more than 60 of U of T’s leading startups – and the first annual RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship pitch competition, where 10 of U of T’s leading startups will compete in front of a panel of judges for top prizes.

Among Friday’s highlights: the RBC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Speaker Series with leading artificial intelligence researcher and Vice-President Engineering Fellow at Google, Emeritus Distinguished Professor Geoffrey Hinton

Read more about Geoffrey Hinton

And for those in the mood to beta test some augmented reality? You can hop on a bus and take a tour, courtesy of ARnocular, a startup from the Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab, DCSIL, and the Impact Centre

Learn more about the augmented reality bus tour

More than 150 research-based startups have been launched at U of T during the past five years. Artificial intelligence-based NuraLogix has pioneered facial blood flow technology that will make it easier to monitor a loved one’s health, even if they are across the world.

Read more about NuraLogix

WinterLight Labs has paired machine learning with linguistics to better detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Read more about WinterLight Labs

And, through small and low-cost satellites, Kepler Communications hopes to create universal connectivity to gather the world’s information.

Read more about Kepler Communications

These stories of impact and collaboration, a small sample of U of T’s leadership in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, will be profiled on U of T News throughout the week.  

For a full list of events occurring during Entrepreneurship@UofT Week, visit the University of Toronto Entrepreneurship website.