Igniting Impact


Igniting Impact


Kickoff Lecture

More than a billion people in the world live without electricity—how do we bring light to them?”

Join us on February 27 to hear Prof. Cynthia Goh share the story of creating and delivering lighting products to mountain village of Napsan in the Philippines.

Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm

Location: 80 St. George Street, Room 162

Register now for the free event

Guided Challenges

Don’t have an idea yet? Join us on March 13 and March 26 to brainstorm solutions to Global Grand Challenges provided by the Impact Centre team.

Open Challenges

Have an idea that you want to make a reality? Join us on March 20 and April 4 and learn how to transform your idea into a product.

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Calling on science & engineering grad students & postdocs

Learn what it takes to transform a technology into a product. Work with our dedicated staff to brainstorm ideas and guide your passion towards making a real difference. Use your science to make a positive impact on society.

Don’t have an idea? Our Guided Challenges will identify a Grand Challenge to which you can apply your technical expertise. Already have an idea? Join our Open Challenges where we can help refine your idea and help you plan out next steps!

Apply for the program as an individual or as a team for the opportunity to work one-on-one with Impact Centre staff to develop your idea and the opportunity to win a total of $3,000 in cash prizes. 

Mark Elias founded Steadiwear to help people suffering from Parkinson's disease and other hand tremors
What are the events like?

During each event, we’ll:

  • Hear about your past and present research projects, skills, and expertise.
  • Help you seek out societal and business challenges that align with your skillset and interests.
  • Brainstorm ideas to solve those challenges or refine your existing ideas.
  • Serve you a good, hearty dinner to get the ideas flowing!
Who has done this before?
  • Pooja Viswanathan (Ph.D., computer science) used her research project to found Braze Mobility, a company that sells a proprietary product that enables people in electric wheelchairs to navigate tight spaces and avoid collisions.
  • Kevin Jakiela and Conner Tidd (both M.Sc., environmental science and sustainability management) founded Just Vertical to make indoor farming easier for city dwellers because they believe local food can reduce our harmful impact on the environment.
  • Mayrose Salvador (Ph.D., chemistry) founded Pueblo Science, a Canadian charity that improves science education around the developing world, because she beleives that scientific knowledge is an effective method to advance health and achieve economic success.
  • Michael Montgomery (Ph.D., structural engineering) developed a new damper technology as part of his thesis and founded Kinetica Dynamics to improve the resilience of high-rise buildings from both wind and earthquake damage.
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.

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