TechVibes gave UTEST, an incubator program jointly run by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto, a mention in Laura Leslie‘s “Canada’s Startup Communities Shining Brighter Than the California Sun,” published November 24, 2014, which explores the ecosystem-wide supports in place to encourage entrepreneurship in Canada.
Silicon Valley may be the first place that comes to mind when you think of tech startups, but when considering resources, financial support, and a welcoming atmosphere, Canada has been steadily putting itself on the map. The startup communities in cities such as Vancouver, Waterloo, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal have proven to be a sought after home for some of the world’s most notable tech innovations of the last few years.
In a section on university supports, two of MaRS Innovation’s member institutions, the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, are cited for encouraging technology incubation and entrepreneurship:
Many Canadian colleges and universities have outstanding incubator programs. A local example, the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson, has housed success stories like Soapbox and 500px. The University of Toronto has several incubators, including The Hatchery and UTEST (University of Toronto Early Stage Technology) which teamed up with MaRS Innovation and MaRs Discovery District to offer students workspace, startup funds, and mentoring.
UTEST will announce its third cohort shortly.
The complete article is available on the TechVibes‘ website.