Techno

ELITE ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

You know the science, now bring it to the world.

Techno is an elite entrepreneurship training program for the top science and engineering students and recent graduates who want to create high-impact technology-based startups. As a scientists or engineer, you are the experts in your field, but aren’t trained to create healthy and scalable businesses. We give you the skills to start and grow a business to bring your science to society.
During this summer course, you will build a real company that can take your science to solve problems in health, energy, aging, education, food and agriculture, or anywhere else your technology can make an impact.

Don’t just sit there, get building!

Techno takes you out of the lab with hands-on training in business skills. Learn how to:
  • Transform your science and technology into a product
  • Protect your technology with effective patent and trademark strategies
  • Research potential markets to understand customer’s behaviour
  • Find the right market fit for your product
  • Talk to potential customers
  • Identify competitors
  • Build business development and negotiation skills
  • Build and test your business model
  • Learn how to pitch your vision

Techno Fellowship: Incubating Your Startup

Teams completing Techno training present a final pitch and submit a go-forward plan to Impact Centre mentors. Qualifying teams committed to building their companies are admitted as Techno Fellows and are given access to office and prototyping workspace at the Impact Centre, mentorship services, assistance in raising company funds, and year-round training seminars.

Leo Mui

Leo Mui

Manager, Entrepreneurship Initiatives

Leo is the coordinator of this program. If you have any questions you can reach him at lmui@imc.utoronto.ca.

Techno2019 Dates

The dates for the Techno2019 training week will be announced by early 2019.

Techno Application

We accept applications to Techno year-round.

Tuition

Techno’s tuition fee in 2018 is $6,400 + HST per seat. However, for Canadian residents and citizens, as well as international students at a Canadian institution we pay the full tuition fee for you and do not take any equity in your company. Admission is competitive and interviews and admission decisions start as soon as applications arrive, so early applications are encouraged.

Funding for Companies

At the end of Techno, one team will be selected to win $5,000 to jumpstart their venture. Overall, the Impact Centre has helped Techno companies raise an average of $150,000* in government grants and other non-dilutive funding sources.

*Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results

We chose Techno for three reasons that aligned with our company beliefs: their proactive approach to creating value for society, their cross-disciplinary methods, and their active networking within technology and entrepreneurship. They have been a tremendous support on all accounts.

Kalin Ovtcharov

CEO, Enceladus Imaging

iMerciv Inc. would not be where we are today without the help of Impact Centre. From the Techno Training program that initiated our venture to the continued mentorship and support the staff have provided us, the Impact Centre has allowed us to grow as entrepreneurs The Impact Centre provides a platform to turn creative ideas into real impactful businesses.

Arjun Mali

CFO, iMerciv

The Impact Centre nurtures entrepreneurship through its community, Techno bootcamp, and ongoing mentorship and workshops.  Together, this creates the foundation from which sustainable companies can be built.

Ryan Doherty

President & Co-Founder, iamsick.ca