Top Accelerators and Innovation Hubs at UofT p2

For the 2nd part of the blog, I look at the final three hubs that the University of Toronto has to offer. An exploration of the Creative Destruction Lab, UTEST, and the UofT Hatchery further shines a spotlight in what some consider the best accelerators in Canada. Creative Destruction Lab Considered Canada’s most eminent start up programs, the Creative Destruction …

ICUBE Wraps up Summer Program with ICE2015 final Competition

On August 19th, five of I-CUBE’s startups competed in a pitch competition for cash and in-kind prizes. With a prize pool of $5,000 cash and $1,500 in-kind services from Pallett Valo, the five startups put it all on the table. A big thank you to all who came out to support the group – including the mentors, other teams, and …

ICUBE Startup Brings Mobile Technology to Clinical Research

Already affiliated with local hospitals, universities and research institutes, Toronto-based startup ParticipAid’s goal is a worthy one, albeit ambitious in scope: to make it easy for the world to have a direct impact on research progress. The idea for the app, developed by University of Toronto Mississauga alumni Anthony Nazarov and Maroof Moral along with McMaster University graduate Erica Tatham, …

BUTIIK: Latest App Keeps Shoppers in the Loop

The members of a new startup founded by four young entrepreneurs want to simplify your path-to-purchase shopping experience. Over the last year, they’ve been focused on trying to combine the ease and speed of online shopping sans the perfunctory aspects of brick-and-mortar buying. Their goal is to bridge the gap between e-commerce and the physical retail stores by tapping into …

5 Ways to Fund and Finance Your Startup

  Whether you are funding or financing a startup, it can be daunting and scary, especially if you have no previous experience. Many entrepreneurs dream of that one angel investor who gives their startup that stepping stone, but in the real world this is not always that case. In truth, there is an abundance of alternatives to get a startup …

Top Accelerators and Innovation Hubs at UofT p1

This will be the first of a two part blog exploring the variety of resources that UofT offers to its students. The University of Toronto provides a plethora of available opportunities for students and graduates to grow and learn about start-ups, here is a highlight of the first four: UTM’s I-Cube Whether it be through their open program, leadership team, …

3 Obvious Marketing Tips That Everyone Ignores

Your marketing is simply an extension of your brand. Every advertisement should be thought of as a contribution to your brand image, which honestly, is one of the only things your customers consider when choosing who to buy from. Take whisky for example. Why do some people choose Jack Daniel’s while others choose Grand Dad or Taylor? Have they tried …

Support for Entrepreneurs at UTM

The immediate support and dedication to prosperous ideas is what students and community members can expect in joining I-CUBE. I-CUBE’s team work space within the Innovation Complex, identifiable by the vibrant green walls and collaborative work support tools, is now home to the first cohort of 15 admitted student teams looking to develop their ideas into Minimum Viable Products where …

Ontario Universities, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Universities and colleges have always been known as the place to develop your knowledge, skills, and become more professional in the hopes of successfully entering the workforce. However, more stories are popping up where founders or cofounders of companies drop out of school or work on a side project while in school. The common theme in these stories is the …