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Campus Startups 101

A starting point for University of Toronto students looking for entrepreneurship opportunities and resources on campus

Find a partner

Looking for some technical talent to help make your idea a reality? Here are some options to get you started.

Campus accelerators

The Entrepreneurship Hatchery hosts a weekly Idea Market, where you can meet with other entrepreneurs. They also host an annual Accelerator Weekend pitch competition, where students are matched into teams.

Another campus accelerator, The Dept. of Computer Science Innovation Lab, focuses on software development. Their summer program is open to everyone and they will match you into teams.

Note: Depending on your idea and what stage you’re at, you will want to consider all available options before joining an accelerator. Here’s a list of all the accelerators on campus.

Coding clubs

Also, there are several coding clubs at U of T you might approach. I’m not sure if they take on outside projects or what their status is, but you can check these out to get started:

Hacker Academy
U of T Coders
U of T Scientific Coders
IEEE U of T Club
Application Development Association
Game Design and Development Club
Web Development Club

Startups and ventures

How many startups are there at U of T?
It's hard to know exactly how many startups there are on campus. The stats in the visual below are from the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation, which supports startups on campus through University of Toronto Entrepreneurship.













Source: 2015 Research 2015 Annual Report Executive Summary

What kinds of startups are launching at U of T?

Check out the companies featured in the U of T News.

U of T Entrepreneurship keeps a list of companies and featured entrepreneurs.

These startups are generally tech-focused, and come from all possible disciplinary backgrounds.

Humanities example: Lindy Ledohowski, Essay Jack
Computer science and engineering example: Onyx Motion
Health sciences example: Pathcore
Social entrepreneurship/non-profit example: Pueblo Science