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Research Guides

Entrepreneurship Research Workshops

This guide outlines the suite of entrepreneurship research workshops provided by the library, including Co-Curricular Record and Graduate Professional Skills workshops. Workshops are open to all students, faculty and staff at the university.

Commercializing your Graduate Research

Does your thesis, research or prototype have application outside the academic realm? Are you interested in entrepreneurship as a potential career path? Find out how the process of research commercialization works for graduate students at U of T, what makes a good invention disclosure, and what you need to know about intellectual property, market research, and campus resources.

This workshop is eligible for credit in the Graduate Professional Skills program

This three-hour workshop includes:
1. Orientation to campus resources for startups
- Students will explore campus resources including courses and programs, accelerators, workspaces, library resources, community resources and more
- Followed by 5-10 minutes for questions

2.  Introduction to invention disclosures and research commercialization processes at U of T
-  Through activity-based learning, students will learn about invention disclosures and when inventions warrant patenting (20 min)
- Through interactive small-group exercise, students will analyze a case study of technology commercialization and report back to the group (30 min)
- Followed by 10-15 minutes for questions/group discussion          

3.  Introduction to library resources for business/market research
- Students will do hands-on industry research, trying different databases based on industry (students can choose an industry of interest or one that’s provided to them)
- Followed by a discussion of their findings and additional search strategies

When: Fall 2019

Where: Gerstein Library, Instruction Lab, 2nd Floor

Note: This workshop is free and registration is required. However, we have a minimum attendance threshold for this workshop to run. If you cannot attend this workshop, and fail to withdraw 48+ hours in advance, thereby preventing others on the waitlist from filling in your spot, your library account will be charged $10.

Instructor biographies

Carey Toane, MLIS, MA, is Entrepreneurship Librarian at University of Toronto Libraries, supporting campus accelerators and startups. She coordinates the Entrepreneurship Research Skills workshop series at Gerstein Science Information Centre, including the popular Launchpad orientation for campus startups. In a past life, she was a marketing journalist and editor and a copywriter at a large digital agency and a now-defunct mobile startup. 

Karen Temple, PhD, is Entrepreneurship Manager, Commercialization, at the Innovations and Partnerships Office at the University of Toronto. She has experience working with technology companies and startups to develop their customer base and scale their business.

Holly Inglis, MLIS, is Public Services Librarian at the Business Information Centre at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Holly has a BA (Hons) from the University of Guelph and an MLIS from Western. Prior to joining Rotman in 2012, she worked as a research specialist for the federal government.

Research commercialization reading list