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.
By Quinn Huynh As the weather kicks into summer, students in our IMC392 summer internship course gathered for their first class at the Best Institute. Unlike other work-integrated learning programs, our startup internships combine classroom learning and hands-on...read more
We are excited to release the latest update to the Narwhal List, Canada’s most financially attractive private technology companies. With a record number of financings across Canada in the first few months of 2018, there are a number of new Narwhals on the list! What’s...read more
The Impact Centre is working with Roll-A-Shade to create next-generation smart window shades to help businesses save energy. Roll-A-Shade, a leading manufacturer of commercial window treatments, is developing a self-contained, self-powered intelligent...read more
Xanadu is working with researchers at the Impact Centre and the University of Toronto to help create the world's first practical quantum computer. Instead of using electrons to carry quantum information and perform calculations, Xanadu's technology uses...read more
Atomwise Inc, a company that applies deep learning to drug discovery, has raised a $45 million Series A. But before they were in San Francisco, the company was founded in 2012 by University of Toronto alumni Abraham Heifets and Izhar Wallach. The pair had developed...read more
A former Olympian using sports science to improve workplace efficiency. A veterinarian doctor developing safer MRI contrast agents. A Master’s student creating a simple hand-held device to comfort older adults through touch. Igniting Impact, the Impact Centre's latest...read more
Somnitude Inc. is excited to announce the release of Chronoshift – a mobile application that helps people travel without jet lag. For millions of people jet lag is an unwelcome travel companion. Symptoms include headaches, insomnia, and fatigue, and can often ruin the...read more
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