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Gerstein Science Information Centre

Entrepreneurship

Recommended resources for research related to entrepreneurship, startups and commercialization: from science and technology literature to market research and patents.

Quick links

Whether you're new to commercialization or an experienced entrepreneur, this guide is a quick and easy way to access the most useful resources the library has to offer, including market research, journals, books, toolkits, and information on financing and business plans.

If you have questions about these resources, or about your research in general, please contact the Gerstein Science Information Centre at ask.gerstein@utoronto.ca.  We love to hear about your ventures!

Please note that market research consultations at ONRamp and Gerstein are on hold through to the end of February 2020.

We offer a robust series of library workshops for startups, updated in our workshops guide.

Please note that the Entrepreneurship Research Skills workshops at St George Campus, as well as the Legal Office Hours and Tax Literacy workshops are on hold through to the end of February 2020.

The UTL Entrepreneurship Digest newsletter is also on hold through to the end of February 2020.

Campus and community links

University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Office - Helping students and researchers make the leap from idea to commercialization are 11 incubators across U of T’s three campuses. Budding entrepreneurs can also meet up and collaborate at  ONRamp. Find a list of campus accelerators and incubators as well as a directory of U of T startups.

The Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) helps build successful partnerships between industry, business, government, and the University of Toronto research community and manages U of T’s portfolio of intellectual property. See their Startup Guidebook and Inventor's Guide.

User Experience (UX) Lab - Located at Robarts Library, the UX Lab is the University's first space dedicated to studying and supporting User Experience (UX) research and design. The UX Lab is open to U of T students, staff, and faculty by appointment or during weekly drop-in sessions.

MADLab - Located at Gerstein Science Information Centre, MADLab is devoted to accelerating mobile software development at University of Toronto. The Lab hosts equipment (3D Printers, VR), collaborative workspace, user groups, one-on-one consultations, and workshops, and is open to all University of Toronto students, staff and faculty. Other 3D printing services on campus include Robarts Library, UTSC Library makerspace, MedPrint, and the Hatchery.

The Milt Harris Library (formerly the Business Information Centre) at the Rotman School of Management offers support for business research including entrepreneurship.

As the regional innovation centre for Toronto, MaRS Market Intelligence supports U of T startups with a variety of programs and services including the Startup Library and regular events.

Toronto Public Library provides access to business databases and online research tools for current U of T students and all residents of Toronto.