This guide for business owners covers current University of Toronto Entrepreneurship programs, including accelerator programs, training, mentorship, funding, and other resources for entrepreneurs.
This is our dedicated “hub” page for University of Toronto Entrepreneurship programs. We’ll continuously update this page to reflect changes in programs – so bookmark this page and check back often for updates!
University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Mandate
University of Toronto (U of T) is Canada’s leading engine for research-based startups and a global leader in transforming ideas into products and services that impact the world.
The University of Toronto Entrepreneurship (UTE) community does much more than accelerate startups. It accelerates ideas, people, social impact, and technologies too. All while striving to create an environment that is inclusive and representative of the diverse and talented innovators and entrepreneurs around it.
UTE’s mission is is to enable a diverse group of creative thinkers to move their ingenious ideas from conception to impact by capitalizing on U of T’s global research capacity, its deep talent pool, and its unmatched entrepreneurship and innovation network.
The U of T Entrepreneurship community consists of 10+ accelerators across the University’s three campuses. UTE supports, develops and celebrates its best and brightest founders and their startups through a broad range of resources, network access and entrepreneurship activities.
University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Priorities
One of U of T Entrepreneurship’s 2021-22 strategic priorities was to build a new website that is as innovative as the entrepreneurial community it serves.
You can learn about UTE’s priorities by reading its latest Annual Report and the University’s Institutional Strategic Research Plan. The University of Toronto Entrepreneurship is part of the Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI).
Types of Support University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Offers
University of Toronto Entrepreneurship offers accelerator and entrepreneurship programs, coaching, mentorship, networking opportunities, funding, pitch competitions and more.
University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Programs
- BFN Accelerate is a three-month classic cohort-based accelerator program for startup companies from the U of T community with at least one Black-identifying founder. BFN Accelerate will help you develop solutions to meet the customer’s needs, launch of MVP/beta, start to grow your team, generate revenue, secure funding and explore value chain/distribution partnerships.
- Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) (non-profit organization founded at the Rotman School of Management .)
- Faculty of Arts and Science’s Centre for Entrepreneurship supports entrepreneurs by providing:
- Co-working space
- Prototyping & Makerspace offers facilities equipped with what students and alumni need to build prototypes for their ventures.
- Venture Perks – a suite of venture-friendly perks, discounts, and offerings provided in partnership with UTE.
- The Entrepreneurship Hatchery
- Health Innovation Hub (H2i)
- InnovED is the education entrepreneurship community at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. It is a professional learning community of entre- and intra- preneurs.
- University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) – program in partnership with Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners (TIAP) and the University of Toronto Connaught Fund.
- Start@UTIAS – program in partnership with The Entrepreneurship Hatchery
University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Contact
University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Accelerators Contact and Social Media
|UTE Accelerator||Contact details||Social Media|
|BFN Accelerate||University of Toronto St. George Campus Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Efosa Obano, program manager)||n/a|
|The BRIDGE||University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) Instructional Centre (IC Building), Ground Floor 1095 Military Trail Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4 Phone: 416-287-7512 Email: email@example.com Click here for a complete list of The BRIDGE (UoT) contact details.||Facebook Twitter Instagram|
|Faculty of Arts and Science’s Centre for Entrepreneurship||Centre for Entrepreneurship Suite 331 60 St. George Street Toronto, ON M5S 1A7 In 2023, the Centre for Entrepreneurship will occupy a dedicated space on the 6th floor of the new Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus. Phone: 416-978-1457 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIN|
|Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)||Creative Destruction Lab (Global) Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto 105 St. George Street Room 5039 Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 3E6 Email: email@example.com Click here for a complete list of Creative Destruction Lab contact details.||Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Instagram|
|The Entrepreneurship Hatchery||55 St.George Street, Suite 620 Toronto, ON M5S 1A4 Phone: +1 416-946-4024 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Online contact form|
Click here for a complete list of The Entrepreneurship Hatchery contact details.
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|Health Innovation Hub (H2i)||University of Toronto St. George Campus Email: email@example.com Online contact form|
|The HUB at UTSC||University of Toronto Scarborough Highland Hall 1265 Military Trail Toronto, ON, Canada M1C 1A4 Phone: 416-208-2984 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Click here for a complete list of The Hub at UTSC contact details.||Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube|
|ICUBE||University of Toronto Mississauga 3359 Mississauga Road Innovation Complex Room L1240 & L1212 Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6 Email: email@example.com Online Contact Form||Facebook Twitter LinkedIN Instagram|
|InnovED||Ontario Institute for Studies in Education University of Toronto 252 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||n/a|
|Start@UTIAS||University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) 4925 Dufferin Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3H 5T6 Email: email@example.com (Joan DaCosta, Manager, UTIAS)||n/a|
|UTEST||University of Toronto St. George Campus 88 College Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1L4 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kurtis Scissons, Co-Director) Click here for a complete list of UTEST contact details.||Twitter LinkedIn|