About UsSCIENCE TO 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.
Building a community!
Our partners, mentors, sponsors, and friends are introduced to incredible technologies and bright entrepreneurs who are passionate about changing the future through science and engineering.
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.
Check our latest news to see what’s happening!
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.
The Impact Centre is working with ITIC to supercharge U of T startups with over $100,000 USD of investment. Established in 1979, Industrial Technology Investment Corporation (ITIC) is one of the oldest and most prestigous VC firms in Taiwan, investing across virtually...read more
The Impact Centre at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce a new collaborative research project with ANGLE Biosciences entitled “Optimization of chemiluminescent sensing microstructures.” ANGLE Biosciences Inc, a Toronto based subsidiary of ANGLE plc...read more
Today, the University of Toronto is scaling its innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities to a new level. Accelerated by a historic $100 million donation by Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman, the largest single gift in U of T's history and the largest gift ever...read more
The Impact Centre is announcing a new collaborative project with Star Chefs to understand the microbiome and the natural fermentation process in lentil batters that affect their shelf-life. Star Chefs is a Toronto-based company that manufactures fermented lentil...read more
The Impact Centre has recently updated the Narwhal List, a compilation of Canada’s fastest scaling private tech companies. This list shows private Canadian venture capital backed companies with the highest Financial Velocity, shedding light on the ability of firms to...read more
Argentum Electronics wants to be the backbone for smart buildings by providing both data and power over a single connection. A new $250,000 investment from the N100 Evolution program in Ontario’s Northumberland County, is helping make that dream a reality. Traditional...read more
After publishing 23 reports, we have published a book! Triggers and Barriers provide a framework for understanding your customers, figuring out what triggers them to buy and what barriers get in the way of making a sale. Based on the research and experience of Impact...read more
The Impact Centre is bringing its unique startup program across Eastern Ontario and into Quebec. On November 28 and 29, our Experiential Learning Educator Dr. Alon Eisenstein will be visiting partners in Cobourg, Cornwall, Kingston, and Montreal to share...read more
A Killer Idea or “Kill That Idea”? How do you figure out whether your startup idea is any good? Entrepreneurship isn’t about sitting back and watching TED talks. It’s about putting yourself out there and getting it done. Join our interactive...read more
We are excited to release the fall 2018 update to the Narwhal List, Canada’s most financially attractive private technology companies. With some significant fundraising activity over the past few months, we have seen some companies jump up the list as well...read more