On Friday March 31, the University of Toronto hosted the largest gathering of entrepreneurs, startups, incubators and accelerators in the history of the University. The Startup Showcase, part of Entrepreneurship@UofT Week, brought together 60+ startups and 9 campus-linked accelerators from across all three campus’ to share their stories, meet other entrepreneurs and build the U of T startup community.
The event featured a showcase floor where attendees could learn about startup companies making an impact in areas from digital health to financial literacy, an inspiring talk on the future of artificial intelligence from Geoffrey Hinton as well as final pitches for the inaugural RBC Prize in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Three Impact Centre companies, AllergenFree, Steadiwear, and Tobe, were selected as finalists for the RBC Prize and all three walked away with various prizes. Tobe was awarded the People’s Choice Award, Steadiwear was awarded second place in the Later Stage category, and AllergenFree was awarded first prize in the Early Stage category. Congratulations to all of the award winners and everyone who participated in the competition.
The Showcase helped highlight the hard work being done by U of T students, researchers and faculty to leverage their knowledge and expertise into new products, services, and companies. We are excited to see this momentum towards bringing science to society!