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.
The Impact Centre community is rooted in the passion and knowledge of our members and friends.
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.
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.
Impact Centre launches remote startup internship program with University of Northern British Columbia
The Impact Centre at the University of Toronto and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) are creating new national entrepreneurial experiential learning opportunities for post-secondary students. Together they are launching a new remote entrepreneurial...read more
Michael Montgomery, Ph.D., wanted to use his civil engineering expertise to make high-rise buildings safer. Pooja Viswanathan, Ph.D., wanted to apply her programming skills to make electric wheelchairs easier to use. Mayrose Salvador, Ph.D., wanted to share her love...read more
The Impact Centre is working with Diantou.net, a leading Chinese investment platform, to strengthen the connections between businesses in Canada and China. Over the next five years, the Impact Centre and Diantou.net will establish and run a soft landing facility and...read more
The Impact Centre at the University of Toronto is launching a new research project with Cut Coffee Inc. to connect the science of chemistry with the art of coffee roasting. A company dedicated to sourcing and roasting the highest quality coffee, Cut Coffee’s unique...read more
by Scott McAuley iMerciv has won the TELUS Pitch $100,000 grand prize. Inspired to make a difference by the failing sight of a family member, the company co-founders Arjun Mali and Bin Liu created the Buzzclip, a wearable device to improve the independence of those...read more
Entrepreneurship education has blossomed in Ontario. The Impact Centre currently offers a number of programs dedicated to entrepreneurship training and education. These span from an undergraduate course, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, to a dedicated startup...read more
The Impact Centre is dedicated to making a global impact. Our research programs, startup support and entrepreneurship training all look beyond our borders for new and exciting opportunities. Over the past few months the Impact Centre has hosted a number of...read more
Steadiwear Inc, an alumnus of the Impact Centre's Techno entrepreneurship training program, has won a national ideathon competition hosted by the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence and HACKING HEALTH. The company's device is a lightweight, compact and...read more
The Impact Centre has successfully optimized and tested an anti-dust coating for Morgan Solar’s unique concentrated solar photovoltaic technology. Dust and debris can cause significant reduction in efficiency, and this new coating will ensure that Morgan Solar’s...read more
The Impact Centre is bringing Entrepreneurship 100: Conversations back to the University of Toronto. Entrepreneurship 100 is a live-only experience connecting curious people with diverse entrepreneurs. Featuring an interactive Q&A conversation and and a chance to meet...read more