The Faculty has a long history of nurturing exceptional researchers, students and alumni entrepreneurs who have had proven success in moving their research inventions and discoveries into the marketplace. The Faculty has seen over 100 companies spin off from its research between 1970 and 2015, and more than 375 invention disclosures made between 2010 and 2015.
Toronto is the third largest financial centre, fourth largest health sciences community and third largest biotechnology cluster in North America. More than a third of Canada’s top 100 startup companies are headquartered in the city. This gives our students and researchers enormous capacity to move their research into marketable products and services.
Our campaign will nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of our researchers and students. We will build the tools and resources they need to bring their ideas to fruition and bring their inventions to the marketplace. We will expand opportunities for students to link with established entrepreneurs – many of them engineering alumni – who will provide exposure to the key concepts and skills they need to move across the technology-business border.
The Entreprenerurship Hatchery
Launched in 2012, The Entrepreneurship Hatchery is a cocurricular program that brings new meaning to experiential learning. The Hatchery provides the space, equipment, mentoring and connections to funders, supporting student ventures from concept to prototype. Hatchery-born products include software to streamline a tenant’s search for a roommate, and small and affordable add-on mop wringers that could save time and preserve the neck- and back-health of thousands of caretaking staff across Canada and beyond.