The University of Toronto’s three campuses are home to nearly a dozen startup incubators and accelerators. Many EngSci students and alumni have launched successful ventures through incubators like the U of T Entrepreneurship Hatchery, or serve as mentors to help students bring smart ideas to market.
To mark U of T’s virtual Entrepreneurship Week, here are some startups launched by EngSci students and alumni to keep an eye on in 2021:
The startup Structura Biotechnology arose from research by PhD candidate Ali Punjani (EngSci 0T2), who serves as the company’s CEO. Its software helped researchers to quickly understand the 3D structure of the coronavirus spike protein early in the pandemic, the first step on the road to vaccine development.
Co-founded by alumna Seray Çiçek (EngSci 1T6 PEY), LSK Technologies has developed a portable diagnostic system for rapid testing for infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
Cindy Chen (Year 4 EngSci) is co-founder of Themis, a startup that uses AI to decrease the time it takes to draft legal contracts.