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Posts Tagged: University of Toronto Early Stage Technology (UTEST)

Crowdmark to save teacher marking time and government dollars

Ed-tech start-up completes successful EQAO and Canadian Open Math Challenge pilots TORONTO, Canada (June 11, 2013) — Crowdmark Inc., a Canadian education technology start-up, is positioned to save cash-strapped Departments of Education millions by making massive-scale testing more efficient. Crowdmark has raised $600,000 in seed funding through the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program, MaRS Innovation and U of T’s Connaught Fund, among others. This story was covered by Yonge Street Media, TechVibes, EdSurge and PEHub. The Crowdmark assessment interface, informed by decades ... Read more

UTEST named one of Canada’s seven true start-up accelerators

The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program,  part of U of T’s growing ecosystem of incubators and commercialization support services, has been named one of Canada's seven true start-up accelerators. The findings come from Helen Kula's MaRS Data Catalyst report and were covered by Rob Lewis of TechVibes. (more…) Read more

MaRS Innovation on The Agenda’s 3D Printing Epsiode

MI's Fanny Sie and Shotlst Co-founder Matt Ratto talk bioprinting, healthcare, civil rights and home manufacturing with Steve Paikin Fanny Sie, project manager in physical sciences and medical devices with specialization in medical imaging, appeared on TVO’s The Agenda on June 5, 2013 to discuss 3D printing. Click here to watch Fanny Sie on The Agenda. Sie manages the Bioprinter technology, which was touched upon during the interview. The bioprinter was invented by Axel Guenther, a professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical ... Read more

MI’s Fanny Sie and Shotlst Founder Matt Ratto to appear on TVO’s The Agenda 8 pm

MaRS Innovation's Fanny Sie, project manager in physical sciences and medical devices with specialization in medical imaging, is appearing on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin at 8 pm on June 5, 2013 to discuss 3D printing and the technology's applications in healthcare and other aspects of human society. Sie manages the Bioprinter technology, which was invented by Axel Guenther, a professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, PhD student Lian Leng and a team of other researchers. ... Read more

Five UTEST companies to tackle critical healthcare challenges

Program's second cohort includes eQOL, E-Twenty Development, Root2Crown, Treata Smart Solutions and TrendMD TORONTO (May 14, 2013) — Five companies tackling pervasive healthcare challenges — such as assessing dental health, helping patients and medical personnel navigate hospitals with greater ease, staying current with medical literature, or creating digital tools to help care for the elderly or those with chronic health conditions — have been admitted to the University of Toronto Early Stage Technology (UTEST) program’s second cohort. UTEST, supported by the University of ... Read more

TechWomen Canada selects UTEST co-director for Silicon Valley program

MaRS Innovation's (MI) Lyssa Neel, co-director of the UTEST program and project manager, has been selected to represent MI's ICT start-up companies at the TechWomen Canada program in San Francisco, which runs May 13 to 16, 2013. The announcement was covered in TechVibes: TechWomen Canada is run by the Canadian Consulate and is focused on providing Canadian women leaders in the ICT sector an opportunity to expand both professional and business networks in Silicon Valley. (more…) Read more

Minuum’s crowdfunding campaign raises 873 per cent of initial goal

Over 9,600 people funded Toronto start-up’s one-dimensional mobile keyboard TORONTO, Canada (April 18, 2013) — The Indiegogo campaign for Minuum, “the little keyboard for big fingers,” created by Whirlscape Inc., has closed after raising $87,369 in one month. Minuum is a one-dimensional, tiny keyboard that frees up mobile screen space while allowing fast, accurate typing. Its specialized, patent-protected auto-correction algorithm allows highly imprecise typing, configuring the difference between what you type and what you mean in real time and getting it right ... Read more

Minuum closes on $60,000 crowdfunded stretch goal to build wearable development kit

Whirlscape Inc.'s Minuum keyboard has enjoyed the kind of launch that start-up founders dream about yet few achieve. UPDATE: Whirlscape's Minuum Project has now cleared its $60,000 fundraising target. Mobile Syrup wrote a follow-up article on the campaign with details about the Wearable Development Kit. Their technology also got a second spot on CTV News's Tech Tuesday report and was featured on Global TV's The Morning Show. The little keyboard for big fingers, which launched an Indiegogo campaign a week ago today to ... Read more

Minuum to end battle between mobile screen space and virtual keyboards

Start-up launches Indiegogo campaign to change future of mobile typing TORONTO, March 18, 2013 —  Whirlscape Inc., a Canadian tech start-up, has developed Minuum, "the little keyboard for big fingers." Updated: The company has now cleared its $60,000 stretch goal to build a wearable development kit. Read the Mobile Syrup follow-up story. Minuum's crowdfunding campaign was covered by the Financial Post, CBC News, CTV News, the Toronto Star and Metro Morning (radio interview). They also did a second spot on CTV News's Tech ... Read more

Crowdmark’s grading software featured in EdSurge

Exam pain is not limited to students, notes Tony Wan of EdSurge in his profile of UTEST start-up company, Crowdmark. The article, "Crowdmark Lends a Helping Hand with Handwritten Assessments: How one savvy professor is scaling human grading capabilities for handwritten responses" appeared Mar. 17, 2013. Here's an excerpt: James Colliander, a Professor Mathematics at the University of Toronto, knew this pain all too well. As a grader for the 2011 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge, he and a team of volunteers had to deal ... Read more
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