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Logo for the Impact Centre Technopreneurship (Techno) ProgramTechno 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

Training Dates

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!

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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

Entrepreneurs trained at the Impact Centre are generating societal impact by commercializing ideas that create jobs, help clean the environment, diagnose diseases, and improve the quality of life in Canada and around the globe.
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,