Remembering Joseph L. Rotman, one of Canada’s greatest civic entrepreneurs

Joseph L. Rotman was both a city-builder and a country-builder who passionately believed in bringing business, government and academia together to solve complex issues in society. He was relentless in his commitment to excellence, and had high aspirations for Canada. … Continued

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The MaRS Press Kit provides backgrounders, leadership biographies and other supporting materials for MaRS Discovery District.

ChipCare closes oversubscribed $5 million Series A financing

With lead investment from Puffin Partners, the Ontario, Canada-based company is taking lifesaving blood-testing technology to low- and middle-income countries. TORONTO, Mar. 3, 2015 — ChipCare Corporation, a University of Toronto and MaRS Health start-up commercializing a handheld, blood-testing platform for … Continued

Canada’s best health startups compete at MaRS HealthKick 2015

MaRS HealthKick 2015, Canada’s largest showcase of health startups, today announced its lineup of new ventures competing for three $20,000 cash prizes at the annual pitch competition on May 7, 2015.

Moneris to work with MaRS Discovery District

TORONTO, February 17, 2015 – Moneris Solutions Corporation (“Moneris”) today announced plans to work with MaRS Discovery District to power financial technology (fintech) innovation and entrepreneurship. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with MaRS to bring their fintech … Continued

MaRS partners with PayPal and UGO to power financial technology innovation

MaRS Discovery District launches Canada’s first dedicated financial technology cluster and brings together experts from finance and technology like never before. TORONTO, February 17, 2015 – MaRS Discovery District today announced strategic partnerships with PayPal and UGO to power financial … Continued

$20,000 Studio [Y] Fellowship for young people launches application round and recruitment roadshow

TORONTO, Feb. 9, 2015 – Today Studio Y, Ontario’s leadership and innovation academy for young people, opened applications for the program’s fully funded, 8-month Fellowship based at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Each year, Studio Y selects 25 young people … Continued

The HTML500 attracts over 5,000 registrants across Canada, shows clear demand for digital literacy

The idea behind The HTML500 is simple: To champion digital literacy by providing 500 people a free opportunity to learn basic HTML and CSS skills from Canada’s top technology companies.

University of Toronto President joins MaRS Board of Directors

MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto, to its board of directors.

MaRS responds to the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC) landmark “Catalyst” report

MaRS Discovery District strongly endorses the recommendations released on December 19 by the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC) landmark “Catalyst” report that tackles new health innovation strategies in the province. The council issued six recommendations that if implemented would achieve … Continued

MaRS and Virgin Unite partner to invest in business as a force for good

MaRS and Virgin Unite Canada, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, announced today that they have joined forces to support Canadian entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental challenges.

JOLT portfolio surpasses $10M in financing

JOLT, a leading Canadian technology accelerator, announced today its latest capital metrics. Since its launch in 2012, the JOLT Fund has invested in 23 companies, including the six ventures in its current cohort.

Ontario and California announce impact investing partnership

Today, the Province of Ontario and State of California announced a new impact investing partnership at the Social Finance Forum at MaRS Discovery District. Ontario and California partners will collaborate and co-invest in enabling impact investing infrastructure, knowledge exchange, venture exchange and joint programming to support industry development.

NXNE teams up with MaRS Discovery District and Pitchfork

NXNE Interactive, which spotlights vanguards in technology, music, film, and trendsetting, has partnered with MaRS Discovery District, which is dedicated to driving economic and societal prosperity through innovation, as NXNE’s Festival Headquarters June 17 – 21, 2015.

New Chinese partnership to unlock market opportunities for Ontario energy and water innovation

The Advanced Energy Centre (AEC) at MaRS Discovery District, the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) and the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their working relationship and to jointly explore potential deployment opportunities for Ontario’s advanced energy and water technologies in China.

MaRS HealthKick 2015 now open to innovative health ventures from across the nation

MaRS HealthKick 2015, Canada’s largest health venture showcase, is expanding its business pitch competition beyond Ontario to include health startups from across the country. Building on the success of last year, HealthKick 2015 will give up to 45 health ventures the chance to pitch cutting-edge health technologies and products to a 300-person audience of leading Canadian and U.S. venture capitalists, investors, entrepreneurs, c-suite leaders and industry partners. The application period opens today, with entries due by November 24, 2014.

SPARQ Systems secures $11 million to launch next generation microinverter

SPARQ Systems today announced $11 million in funding led by ArcTern Ventures, a venture capital fund that provides early-stage capital to companies in the cleantech sector. A MaRS Cleantech client, SPARQ Systems’ technology converts power produced from solar panels into electricity that can be used by the grid.

Studio Y at MaRS introduces second cohort of 25 young leaders; celebrates achievements of first cohort

Studio Y, an immersive fellowship for Ontario’s young leaders and innovators based at MaRS Discovery District, introduced today the second cohort of 25 Fellows and showcased the achievements of the first cohort. The program prepares exceptional young people, ages 18-29, for success in an increasingly complex world.

MaRS announces key staff appointments

MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce two important leadership changes, placing key staff members in strategic, new roles that align with the organization’s growth strategy: Salim Teja takes on the role of EVP Ventures and Tim Jackson becomes the EVP, Corporate & Community Development.

New study finds hospital patients are not washing their hands

Health technology company Infonaut, a MaRS client, has released a study showing that hospital patients may be at significant risk of infection due to their own poor hand hygiene.

MaRS EXCITE to help bring innovative stroke recovery device to market

MyndMove, a breakthrough medical therapy that significantly improves recovery of voluntary movement in patients with arm and hand paralysis following stroke or spinal cord injury (SCI), will be accessible to more Ontarians with the assistance of a unique program at MaRS Discovery District.

MaRS impact investing leader wins Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce that Tim Jackson, the Lead Executive of the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, has been awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for his longstanding commitment toward improving the overall quality of life in the Region of Waterloo.

MaRS & Education Design Studio Inc. create industry leading digital EDUpreneurship program

The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) has announced that the Education Design Studio, Inc. (EDSi), a $2.1 million hybrid incubator and seed fund built specifically for education ventures, has partnered with MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest innovation hubs, to create an industry-leading blended EDUpreneurship program for its start-ups.

Impact investing necessary to solve social challenges, according to new report

There is potential for a revolution in philanthropy and capital markets, according to a report released today by the Social Impact Investment Taskforce.

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