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Start-Up Companies

Whirlscape develops predictive keyboard for Will.i.am’s wearable Puls cuff

Whirlscape, makers of the Minuum keyboard, have developed a small, predictive keyboard for Will.i.am's wearable Puls cuff. The company is a graduate of the UTEST program's first cohort. The Puls, announced by the musician and entrepreneur on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, is expected to be released in time for the 2014 holiday season. The Puls announcement and Whirlscape's involvement were covered by Mashable. Mashable's Karissa Bell describes how Whirlscape's keyboard integrates with the Puls: Puls uses a ... Read more

MaRS Innovation joins new financing round for AvidBiologics Inc.

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2014 — AvidBiologics Inc., an oncology drug development company, today announced the closing of a financing round. The company is founded on antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) technologies co-developed with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). Led by Lumira Capital, the financing round included MaRS Innovation (MI), MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF), Rosseau Asset Management, and the company's founding investors. This announcement was covered by Dow Jones: Private Equity and Venture Capital and by Canadian Private Equity. Today's financing builds on prior ... Read more

Kaypok, MI’s director of intellectual property quoted in the Financial Post

Article focuses on importance of intellectual property protection for small businesses Dr. Stacey Ivanchuk, MaRS Innovation's director of intellectual property, was quoted in Denise Deveau's article, "Intellectual property protection is a game small businesses can't afford to lose," for the Financial Post on September 26, 2014 regarding the importance of protecting intellectual property for small businesses. Here's an excerpt: Stacey Ivanchuk, director of intellectual property for MaRS Innovation in Toronto, says that protecting a startup’s technology is important especially from an investor’s perspective. “One of ... Read more

Xagenic’s Shana Kelley named to Globe and Mail’s Top 12 Canadian Innovators

Dr. Shana Kelley, co-founder of Xagenic Inc. and a professor of biochemistry at the University of Toronto, has been named to the Globe and Mail's Top 12 Canadian Innovators list. The contest solicited nominations from across Canada that were assessed by a panel of judges. According to the Globe, the contest "recognizes talented Canadians who not only have great ideas, but also turn them into reality." Here's an excerpt: Another innovator who is taking on the traditional way of doing things is Ms. Kelley, ... Read more

Minuum launches iOS 8 keyboard, expanding product to Apple users

Whirlscape, a graduate of the UTEST program's first cohort (co-managed by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto), has launched their little keyboard for big fingers to Apple users. The software, released to coincide with Apple's iOS 8 launch, is part of Whirlscape's larger efforts to develop typing solutions for wearable devices, including smartwatches, Google Glass and other applications. The Minuum product launch for iOS was covered in TechCrunch, The Next Web and Mobile Syrup, among other tech blogs, and was mentioned in ... Read more

Whirlscape releases Minuum version 2.11, teases for iOS 8 launch

Whirlscape, graduates of the UTEST program, made tech headlines last week by releasing a teaser of Minuum, their one-line, mobile keyboard for wearable devices, running on an iPhone. The announcement and teaser gif were covered in TechCrunch, SlashGear, MobileSyrup and AndroidGuys, among other tech outlets. From input, the Minuum blog: We’ve embraced the design philosophies of iOS to refine Minuum into an elegant typing experience centred around our incredibly powerful autocorrect. (more…) Read more

Robert Bosch Venture Capital leads $3.75 million Series A round for Flybits

Toronto start-up to advance context-aware mobile experience platform TORONTO, Canada (August 20, 2014) — Flybits Inc., a Toronto start-up that has created a context-aware experience development platform for mobile environments, has closed a $3.75 million Series A financing. Led by Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) and Trellis Capital Corporation with participation from MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund and Ryerson Futures, Inc., the investment will advance the company’s product development and international growth in the United States and Europe. This announcement was covered in ... Read more

BioCentury features Encycle Therapeutics

Encycle Therapeutics, a MaRS Innovation start-up company from the University of Toronto, was featured in a BioCentury emerging company profile by Michael J. Haas. The company is currently raising a Series A financing round and employs eight people. Haas' profile, "Encycle: Oral Macrocycles," is available behind a pay wall on the BioCentury website. Here's a short excerpt: Macrocycle therapies can block protein-protein interactions that are undruggable with small molecules; however, oral availability and cell penetration remain key challenges. Encycle Therapeutics Inc.’s chemistry platform generates drug-like ... Read more

CBC’s Lang and O’Leary Exchange features Whirlscape’s Minuum keyboard

UTEST graduate Whirlscape, makers of the wearable, one-line Minuum keyboard, were recently featured on CBC's Lang and O'Leary Exchange. Minuum has also broken the 100 billion pixels mark in screen space saved for its users. Read about it on input, the Minuum blog. Founder and CEO Will Walmsley was interviewed by Amanda Lang. The footage was also made available on CBC News, and was included in CBC's weekly summary of the week's top business stories. Watch the video. Here's an excerpt: Typing on a smartphone ... Read more
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