Science to Society
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.
The Impact Centre strives to bring science to society.
We believe that science is the foundation for a better quality of life. Research, invention, and innovation are considered among the key contributors to economic development and sustainability of communities in Canada and around the world.
Our vision is to be a place where you can connect with exceptional research, talent, innovative companies, and government to create products and services that benefit society.
We leverage the expertise and resources of universities to create real products and solutions for our clients.
We look forward to connecting with you to create even more impact!
We generate impact through industry projects and partnerships, entrepreneurial companies, and training.
We bridge the gap between the university and industry to accelerate the development of new or improved products and services. We work with graduate students and researchers to help them commercialize their discoveries. We provide supplemental training for students at all levels to ease their transition into future careers.
The Impact Centre community is rooted in the passion and knowledge of our members and friends.
Our Connector System
Whether you are an industry client, a graduate student with an entrepreneurial spirit, a seasoned business expert, or an undergraduate student, we can help you create impact through science. At the Impact Centre, we work in a number of ways to translate research and know-how into real products with real impact.
We provide technical and early-stage guidance to help researchers and graduate students take their discoveries from the lab to the marketplace. We proactively talk to industry to identify how we can help solve specific technical challenges. We train students to prepare them for transition to the job market. For us, all of these pieces are deeply interconnected.
We understand the challenges individuals or companies face in accessing research. Our Connector System is a framework that lowers barriers to working with the university.
Focus on the outcome!
We carefully evaluate every industry request. We leverage our in-house expertise or tap into our extensive network to find a suitable academic partner for your specific need.
Providing entrepreneurs with the guidance they need!
Impact Centre entrepreneurs get the support they need to commercialize their research and create their own jobs.
Culture of collaboration
At the Impact Centre, we believe that a culture of collaboration and hard work is the basis for the successful transformation of research and technology into benefits to society.
People and resources
Our team has a strong track record of working at the intersection of research and industry. We are passionate and driven to create impact through science and research.
The Impact Centre was created in September 2013 and is rooted in nearly two decades of work with industry and entrepreneurship.
We are proud to be an independent institute at the University of Toronto that caters to researchers and companies in the natural sciences and the engineering.
Establishment of the Institute for Optical Sciences (IOS)
- The IOS and Department of Chemistry introduce Enterpreneurship101 and the Up-Start! Competition attracting 90 participants.
- Entrepreneurship101 moves to MaRS due to high demand and the expanding partnership with the MaRS Discovery District.
- Engineering Research Program (ERP) is launched.
- Cynthia Goh becomes Director of the IOS.
- First workshop on smart sustainable lighting is hosted by the IOS.
- IOS launches Science Rendezvous.
- The official launch of the first industry cluster: the Smart Sustainable Lighting Network (SSLNet).
- Techno launches with 14 participating teams.
- IOS Industry Day encourages university-industry collaborations in cleantech.
- Techno2011 – 13 participating teams.
- Announcement of the first set of IOS Innovation Fellowships.
- Techno2012 – 16 participating teams.
- IOS leads Canada-India Mission in Nanomaterials for Health and Environment under the Government for Canada’s Going Global Innovation Program.
- Expansion to the Banting and Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Creation of the Impact Centre
- Techno2013 – 21 participating teams.
- IOS facilities MOU with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore on behalf of U of T.
- Kick-off meeting for the Synthetic Biology Innovation Cluster (SYNBIO-IC).
- Inaugural TechnoStorm session to brainstorm proposal ideas for the Grand Challenges Canada funding programs.
The mentorship and support provided by the Impact Centre have been crucial for our development as a young startup. It is a great environment to be working in for anyone wishing to create a positive impact on society through science and technology.AllergenFree
Check our latest news to see what’s happening!
Atomwise Inc, a company that applies deep learning to drug discovery, has raised a $45 million Series A. But before they were in San Francisco, the company was founded in 2012 by University of Toronto alumni Abraham Heifets and Izhar Wallach. The pair had developed...
A former Olympian using sports science to improve workplace efficiency. A veterinarian doctor developing safer MRI contrast agents. A Master’s student creating a simple hand-held device to comfort older adults through touch. Igniting Impact, the Impact Centre's latest...
Somnitude Inc. is excited to announce the release of Chronoshift – a mobile application that helps people travel without jet lag. For millions of people jet lag is an unwelcome travel companion. Symptoms include headaches, insomnia, and fatigue, and can often ruin the...
Impact Centre launches remote startup internship program with University of Northern British Columbia
The Impact Centre at the University of Toronto and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) are creating new national entrepreneurial experiential learning opportunities for post-secondary students. Together they are launching a new remote entrepreneurial...
Michael Montgomery, Ph.D., wanted to use his civil engineering expertise to make high-rise buildings safer. Pooja Viswanathan, Ph.D., wanted to apply her programming skills to make electric wheelchairs easier to use. Mayrose Salvador, Ph.D., wanted to share her love...
The Impact Centre is working with Diantou.net, a leading Chinese investment platform, to strengthen the connections between businesses in Canada and China. Over the next five years, the Impact Centre and Diantou.net will establish and run a soft landing facility and...