Science to Society

We believe that science is the foundation for a better quality of life.

Our vision is to be a place where you can connect with exceptional research, talent, training, innovative companies, and government to create products and services that benefit society.

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Our Impact in 2016

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1397

Event Participants

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590

Students in Courses

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17

Industry Projects

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88

Companies Started*

*Cumulatively from 2010–2016

Advancing Industry Innovation

We leverage the expertise and resources of universities to create real products and solutions for our clients. Our core competencies are in the natural sciences and engineering.

We catalyze university research to create long-term impact for our industry clients. We accelerate research to market!

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Enabling Student Startups

The Impact Centre nurtures the creation and growth of student-led start-ups that are developing innovative products and services rooted in the natural sciences and engineering.

We provide training to help graduate students, recent graduates, and researchers transform their discoveries into real products and services that benefit society.

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Training Innovators and Entrepreneurs

The Impact Centre offers research and industry-relevant training for professionals and students at all levels. We deliver speeches, workshops, undergraduate courses, and coordinate internship placements.
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Discover Innovation

Forging links between the disciplines of science and business to spark a meaningful discussion around how innovation actually happens. Discover the latest research, opinions and community news.
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Science to Society

We believe that science is the foundation for a better quality of life.

 

Our vision is to be a place where you can connect with exceptional research, talent, training, innovative companies, and government to create products and services that benefit society.

Read more

Advancing Industry Innovation

We leverage the expertise and resources of universities to create real products and solutions for our clients. Our core competencies are in the natural sciences and engineering.

 

We catalyze university research to create long-term impact for our industry clients. We accelerate research to market!

Explore

Enabling Student Startups

The Impact Centre nurtures the creation and growth of student-led start-ups that are developing innovative products and services rooted in the natural sciences and engineering.

 

We provide training to help graduate students, recent graduates, and researchers transform their discoveries into real products and services that benefit society.

Join us

Training Innovators and Entrepreneurs

The Impact Centre offers research and industry-relevant training for professionals and students at all levels. We deliver speeches, workshops, undergraduate courses, and coordinate internship placements.
Learn more

Discover Innovation

Forging links between the disciplines of science and business to spark a meaningful discussion around how innovation actually happens. Discover the latest research, opinions and community news.
Discover Now

Canadian Tech Tortoises

Anecdotal evidence suggests that many Canadian technology companies wait until their products are completed before raising and spending funds on crucial functions, including marketing and sales (M&S) and that this practice is delaying success in raising funding.

The goal of this study was to determine whether Canadian technology startups do in fact delay funding M&S activities. To this end, we looked at job classifications of employees at over 900 private Canadian technology companies that had received external investments. What we found was that in the startup phase Canadian firms have significantly fewer employees than US firms do. Even among the best-funded firms, Canadians have 25% fewer M&S employees than US based Unicorns do.

Beyond Lighting

Over the past decades, light has diagnosed disease, enabled digital communication through fiber optics, and generated power through solar panels. Most recently, advances in solid-state lighting have transformed the most commonplace source of light: the lightbulb. The...

Science, engineering and commercialization experts

Transforming research into real products and industry solutions

Featured Event

Alibaba Venture Hours @ Impact Centre

On Friday, May 19, senior representatives from Hong Kong’s Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund (AEF) and CoCoon Ignite Ventures are visiting the Impact Centre. Register for a free networking event where you can hear them present their investment opportunities and services to U of T’s entrepreneurs. If you have any plans to expand your startups into China and the broader Asian market, this is an invaluable opportunity to make connections!

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The Impact Centre not only provides us a physical space and equipment to work, but also they provide us professional advice. They are the first people we share our achievements and failures. We feel more confident since we know there are people at the Impact Centre that we can trust them and ask for support. Neda Ghazi

Research Director, Comfable

SCIENCE TO SOCIETY