Students at work in the Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab (DCSIL) during the first Blue3 tri-campus Hackathon, June 2015. (Photo by Darren Lum, I-CUBE program coordinator, U of T Mississauga)
Interested in entrepreneurship? Toronto has become a hotbed for tech activity and no less than four of U of T's startup incubators make blogTO's top 10 list of city-wide accelerators.
Our own Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab
(DCSIL) has supported startups like AI legal expert ROSS Intelligence
and data analytics platform Kaypok
. DCSIL is currently course-based, running in 12-week cohorts, three times per year, and is open for public application.
"It's very exciting to be placed on the top 10 list of accelerators in Toronto," says Helen Kontozopoulos, co-founder and co-director of DCSIL with Mario Grech.
"U of T Computer Science is a thriving hub of innovation – and we want to be at the centre of its commercialization."
The Creative Destruction Lab, UTest, a collaboration between U of T and MaRs Innovation, and The Impact Centre, round-out the U of T mentions by blogTO.
U of T’s total ecosystem for startups includes nine customized accelerators and a growing network of entrepreneurship courses, programs, office space and more, all are brought together by the Banting & Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
"DCSIL has a unique place in the overall ecosystem because of our software centricity and its prevalence in any tech advancement regardless of the subject matter," says Grech.
"Our affiliation with the Department of Computer Science and the authenticity of our startup courses makes us a critical path for anyone wanting to move toward the path of commercialization."