About UsSCIENCE TO SOCIETY
The Impact Centre strives to bring science to society.
We believe that science is the foundation for a better quality of life. Research, invention, and innovation are considered among the key contributors to economic development and sustainability of communities in Canada and around the world.
Our vision is to be a place where you can connect with exceptional research, talent, innovative companies, and government to create products and services that benefit society.
We leverage the expertise and resources of universities to create real products and solutions for our clients.
We look forward to connecting with you to create even more impact!
We generate impact through industry projects and partnerships, entrepreneurial companies, and training.
We bridge the gap between the university and industry to accelerate the development of new or improved products and services. We work with graduate students and researchers to help them commercialize their discoveries. We provide supplemental training for students at all levels to ease their transition into future careers.
Our Connector System
Whether you are an industry client, a graduate student with an entrepreneurial spirit, a seasoned business expert, or an undergraduate student, we can help you create impact through science. At the Impact Centre, we work in a number of ways to translate research and know-how into real products with real impact.
We provide technical and early-stage guidance to help researchers and graduate students take their discoveries from the lab to the marketplace. We proactively talk to industry to identify how we can help solve specific technical challenges. We train students to prepare them for transition to the job market. For us, all of these pieces are deeply interconnected.
We understand the challenges individuals or companies face in accessing research. Our Connector System is a framework that lowers barriers to working with the university.
Focus on the outcome!
We carefully evaluate every industry request. We leverage our in-house expertise or tap into our extensive network to find a suitable academic partner for your specific need.
Providing entrepreneurs with the guidance they need!
Impact Centre entrepreneurs get the support they need to commercialize their research and create their own jobs.
Building a community!
Our partners, mentors, sponsors, and friends are introduced to incredible technologies and bright entrepreneurs who are passionate about changing the future through science and engineering.
People and Resources
Our team has a strong track record of working at the intersection of research and industry. We are passionate and driven to create impact through science and research.
We are proud to be an independent institute at the University of Toronto that caters to researchers and companies in the natural sciences and the engineering.
Establishment of the Institute for Optical Sciences (IOS) The IOS and Department of Chemistry introduce Enterpreneurship101 and the Up-Start! Competition attracting 90 participants.
Entrepreneurship101 moves to MaRS due to high demand and the expanding partnership with the MaRS Discovery District.
Engineering Research Program (ERP) is launched.
Cynthia Goh becomes Director of the IOS. First workshop on smart sustainable lighting is hosted by the IOS.
IOS launches Science Rendezvous.
The official launch of the first industry cluster: the Smart Sustainable Lighting Network (SSLNet).
Techno launches with 14 participating teams. IOS Industry Day encourages university-industry collaborations in cleantech.
Techno2011 (13 participating teams) Announcement of the first set of IOS Innovation Fellowships.
Techno2012 (16 participating teams) IOS leads Canada-India Mission in Nanomaterials for Health and Environment under the Government of Canada’s Going Global Innovation program. Expansion to the Banting and Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Creation of the Impact Centre Techno2013 – 21 participating teams. Inaugural TechnoStorm session to brainstorm proposal ideas for the Grand Challenges Canada funding programs. Kick-off meeting for the Synthetic Biology Innovation Cluster (SYNBIO-IC). IOS facilitates MOU with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore on behalf of U of T.
Check our latest news to see what’s happening!
The mentorship and support provided by the Impact Centre have been crucial for our development as a young startup. It is a great environment to be working in for anyone wishing to create a positive impact on society through science and technology.
Are you interested in the future of medical imaging? Want to work in an exciting startup environment? Pathcore is looking for you. The software startup specializes in wholeslide digital pathology image management and analysis software and is looking to fill three...read more
The Impact Centre has developed a unique approach to Experiential Learning that addresses the needs of both budding entrepreneurs as well as budding professionals. This past month, the Impact Centre’s experiential learning educator Dr. Alon Eisenstein presented the...read more
QTemp is a new application from Techno alumnus Comfable that gives you personalized sun safety advice and makes it easy to enjoy spending time outdoors without worrying about sun exposure. The app provides users with the temperature, humidity, and UV index of their...read more
Techno has been the Impact Centre’s flagship training program since 2010. The program has seen 125 teams commercialize some amazing new technologies and bring their science to society. This year the Impact Centre unveiled a new format that saw the hands-on workshop...read more
On June 28, 2016, the Impact Centre hosted a half-day workshop to introduce entrepreneurship as a career option to a group of enthusiastic international students. Held in partnership with the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Division, the students...read more
The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference is an ongoing series with the goal of establishing a global circuit for early-stage life sciences companies to source investors, create relationships, and eventually, get funding. On June 23, 2016, Life Science...read more
On June 20, 2016, the Waterloo-based Communitech Hub announced 25 female-led startups to participate in the Fierce Founders Bootcamp, including Techno alumni Neda Ghazi (Comfable) and Pooja Viswanathan (Braze Mobility). The first phase of the program will take place...read more
Pinkfolio, a financial education and planning app created by MultiMension’s Julie Hyunjoo Lee, is delivering a practical series of financial workshops for women entrepreneurs on June 7 and June 14. Not only will the event provide an opportunity to network and meet...read more
This week a group of students and faculty from across Canada are participating in the Summer Institute on Synthetic Biology. Hosted by the Impact Centre’s Synthetic Biology Cluster and funded by the University of Toronto’s Connaught Fund, the institute will educate...read more
On June 7, 2016, PetalMD and iamsick.ca announced a strategic partnership that will connect patients to healthcare providers across Canada. This partnership will enable healthcare providers that are part of PetalMD to offer seamless online appointment booking and...read more