Canadian Universities and Startups: Infrastructure and Services at U Waterloo and Toronto

Recent article in the Globe and Mail “How Universities are Growing the Next Generation of Billion Dollar Startups“. I may or may not circle back around to comment on it.  A quick read and I didn’t find anything earth shattering or particularly unusual or interesting besides the standard. However, because of the Canadian aspect, I thought it worth posting.


It references incubator and innovation research facilities at the University of Waterloo and the University of  Toronto so I do want to get back to digging into what is happening at these two universities in terms of academic entrepreneurship.  But for now, I’ll leave you with this tidbit from the article:


“One of the most common misconceptions about taking the academic route is that it lacks support for on-the-ground business development. U of T’s Innovations and Partnerships Office  offered us a dedicated staff for turning groundbreaking research into a revenue-generating business. More importantly, we participated in the first round of the Creative Destruction Lab: an incubator founded in 2012 to support university-affiliated entrepreneurs in developing billion dollar businesses”

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