TechnoELITE ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS
Techno is the elite entrepreneurship training program for the top science and engineering students and recent graduates who want to create high-impact technology-based startups. Scientists and engineers may be experts in their field but they often lack knowledge and skills in areas that are vital to the creation of healthy and profitable businesses. We want to help them bring their science to impact society.
Created in 2010 at the University of Toronto to encourage young scientists and engineers to pursue technological entrepreneurship, Techno has now trained 130 teams and launched 88 companies.
During Techno’s week-long intensive training, participants are exposed to topics such as intellectual property protection and strategy, market research and customer behaviour, product development, business models, negotiation, and pitching. Our training format focuses on hands-on learning—topics are introduced in a short lecture, then participant teams are given class time to apply their new skills to developing their companies with help from experts in the field.
The Techno program is not restricted to students and alumni from the University of Toronto. We have accepted teams from across Canada and internationally. Anyone who has a strong technical background and a commitment to building a company is encouraged to apply.
Techno 2017 Program
Techno Training Week: June 12–16
Techno Pitch Day: June 23
Training will be held at the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus.
Techno applications close May 12!
Beyond Techno Training
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.
Funding for Companies
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