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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.

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Welcome!

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

Use the left-hand navigation to choose a topic of interest or jump to a popular section linked below:

Market Research | Free and Open Resources | Health Entrepreneurship | Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Pitch competitions | Social Entrepreneurship | Citing for Startups

Get in touch with us

If you have questions about these resources, or about your research in general, please get in touch. We love to hear about your ventures!

Book a 30 minute online research consultation with a market research specialist, provided over Zoom videoconferencing.

Sign up for the Entrepreneurship newsletterThis is a (mostly) monthly entrepreneurship information digest for what's happening around the University of Toronto Library, the greater University, and broader startup community.

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

Campus and community links

Please note that campus buildings may be closed due to ongoing public health directives. Please check with locations below to determine access conditions. Thank you.

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 and a host of perks for members.

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. Search our directory of all 3D printing services on campus.

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 provides Toronto startups with a variety of resources including the Startup Toolkit 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.