Universities play a crucial role in translating research into services and products that benefit both the community and the economy.
The University of Toronto has developed and fostered a successful entrepreneurship culture, which includes Canada’s largest and most dynamic ecosystem of technology-focused/enabled businesses.
Toronto is home to the second largest concentration of technology workers in the world after Silicon Valley. U of T’s faculty are leaders in machine learning, computational biology and health technology. Our alumni are leaders at firms such as Google, Facebook, Apple and OpenAI.
Over the past 10 years, U of T has launched over 500 research-based start-ups, U of T companies have raised almost $1.5 billion and have filed more than 750 patent applications.
Building on this vibrant and longstanding culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, U of T has launched the International Entrepreneurship Highways (IEH) initiative. IEH support the two-way flow of people, start-ups, funding, and intellectual property between Toronto and key international innovation ecosystems around the world.
U of T has established an IEH with Singapore in partnership with the National University of Singapore. U of T is working with Tata Trusts and Indian academic & industry partners to facilitate entrepreneurship linkages between Toronto and India’s leading innovation ecosystems.
U of T is in discussion with other partners in the US and globally to develop similar linkages. These linkages range from start-up internships and hackathons to entrepreneur Post-Doctoral Fellows and much more.