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

Press Kit

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

MaRS Health applauds the Ontario government’s support of health innovation in today’s budget

The adoption of the recommendations made in the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC) catalyst report mark a critical step in enhancing Ontario’s health technology sector. MaRS is looking forward to working with the new Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist to advance … Continued

CIBC Announces Partnership with MaRS Discovery District to Drive Innovation

TORONTO, Apr 23, 2015 – CIBC today announced a partnership with MaRS Discovery District to create a new corporate innovation hub and join MaRS’ new FinTech cluster to support future innovations. As part of CIBC’s new partnership with MaRS, the … Continued

New youth entrepreneurship school launches at MaRS

Future Design School (FDS) launched today, a new institute focused on facilitating design thinking and youth entrepreneurship.

MaRS Centre for Impact Investing welcomes the Government of Canada’s support for impact investment and social finance

The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing welcomes the Government of Canada’s support for impact investment and social finance in Economic Action Plan 2015. In particular, the Centre commends the Government’s commitment to permit charities to invest in limited partnerships (LPs). … Continued

MaRS responds to the Government of Canada’s commitment to create a Canadian Development Finance Initiative

MaRS applauds the Government of Canada’s commitment to create a Canadian Development Finance Initiative (DFI). DFIs can be powerful drivers of poverty reduction. A Canadian DFI would expand access to capital for Canadian, international and local ventures with the potential … Continued

Export Development Canada and MaRS partner to help Canadian companies go global

Export Development Canada (EDC) and MaRS Discovery District have signed an agreement to increase their cooperation in support of high-impact companies seeking to grow their businesses through export.

Global accelerator Startupbootcamp FinTech partners with MaRS to bring their FastTrack tour to Toronto

Startupbootcamp FinTech, an accelerator based in London, UK and Singapore, today announced that their FastTrack tour will be coming to MaRS in Toronto on May 28, 2015.

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.

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.