Letter from Board Chair Gord Nixon to The Toronto Star

Note: The following letter was submitted to the editor of The Toronto Star in response to an article published on August 7, 2014. Dear Editor: Re: “Star finds taxpayer-funded MaRS’ math doesn’t add up” dated 7 August, 2014 I am very … Continued

A Statement by the MaRS Board of Directors

MaRS was founded in 2001 by a visionary group of business, academic and community leaders. They took that action with one goal in view: to accelerate the development of knowledge-based businesses in Canada. Since its inception, MaRS has supported the … Continued

Press Kit

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

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

MaRS and EDSi partner to create Intensive Education Incubator program Toronto, Ontario and Philadelphia, PA, September 18, 2014 – The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) has announced that the Education Design Studio, Inc. (EDSi), a $2.1 … Continued

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

TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2014 — There is potential for a revolution in philanthropy and capital markets, according to a report released today by the Social Impact Investment Taskforce. The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing opened the Toronto Stock Exchange this morning, with members … Continued

MaRS’ SVX investing platform matches Proteocyte Diagnostics with Freycinet Investments

TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2014 — Proteocyte Diagnostics Inc., a company with a unique test for early identification of oral cancers, today announced an investment by Freycinet Investments, made possible by MaRS’ SVX (Social Venture Connexion) impact investing platform. “We were pleased to … Continued

Artists and entrepreneurs team up at MaRS to inspire creative thinking around climate change

TORONTO, Aug. 21, 2014 – Three of Toronto’s emerging artists are teaming up with a trio of Canada’s leading cleantech entrepreneurs to create art that asks: “What if humanity solved climate change?” Adjacent Possibilities in art+energy (Twitter: @AdjacentP) is a … Continued

JOLT Announces the Next 6 Startups to Join its Summer 2014 Cohort

TORONTO, July 28, 2014 – JOLT, a leading technology accelerator, announced today the latest group of companies to join its growing portfolio of startups. Next-level tech and boundary-pushing innovation have become hallmarks of Toronto’s JOLT accelerator, and Cohort four is … Continued

MaRS announces appointment of prominent energy entrepreneur as Managing Director of its Advanced Energy Centre

Toronto, July 21, 2014 – MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Dizy as Managing Director of its Advanced Energy Centre (AEC). “I am delighted that Ron has decided to join the Advanced Energy Centre,” said … Continued

Proteocyte Diagnostics joins MaRS’ SVX impact investing platform

TORONTO, July 15, 2014 – Proteocyte Diagnostics, a company with a unique test for early identification of oral cancers, announced today that it has officially joined MaRS’ SVX (Social Venture Connexion). Proteocyte Diagnostics Inc. is a Canadian molecular diagnostics company … Continued

Innovation Law Clinic for tech startups launches in partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright and MaRS

New clinic to provide strategic legal support free of charge to MaRS ICT venture clients Toronto, June 26, 2014 – MaRS Discovery District is excited to announce the launch of a new Innovation Law Clinic in partnership with Norton Rose … Continued

MaRS and Saint Elizabeth accelerate ventures impacting health and well-being

Saint Elizabeth announces new relationships with graduates of Ontario’s first social venture accelerator Toronto, June 18, 2014 – Impact8, Ontario’s first accelerator for social purpose businesses, marked the close of its second cohort with a special announcement from national health … Continued

Backgrounder on MaRS

MaRS was founded in 2001 by a group of visionary business, academic and community leaders. They had one goal in view: to accelerate the development of knowledge-based businesses in Canada. Since its inception, MaRS has supported the commercialization of breakthrough … Continued

MaRS statement

MaRS has an economic mandate with support and engagement both provincially and federally. MaRS was conceived in 2001 as a not-for-profit and operates as a public-private partnership. Phase 1 of the MaRS Centre opened in 2005, and is fully leased … Continued

MaRS hosts global leaders at Labs for Systems Change event

Toronto, May 23, 2014 – MaRS Solutions Lab will bring together more than 40 of the world’s leading lab practitioners from May 25-27 during its Labs for Systems Change conference. The event, which is open to the public on May … Continued

Creating the future: The new MaRSDD.com

TORONTO, April 25, 2014 – MaRS Discovery District today launched its new website, which offers improved access to services and resources for entrepreneurs, the public and the MaRS community, powered by a fluid, flexible platform that showcases top stories and shareable … Continued

MaRS’ Impact8 social venture accelerator launches second cohort

Program partners with Saint Elizabeth to focus on startups that target health & well-being TORONTO, April 3, 2014 – Following its successful pilot in the fall of 2013, Impact8 – Ontario’s first accelerator for social ventures – is pleased to announce its second cohort. The … Continued

MaRS impact investing platform announces key financing wins at Impact Ontario

Partnerships with BDC, Saint Elizabeth Health Care also announced; will further support social ventures TORONTO, March 18, 2014 – The first round of ventures in MaRS Discovery District’s impact investing platform, SVX, have raised $650,000 in financing. SVX issuers, including Investeco and Community Forward Fund (CFF), attracted $650,000 through … Continued

Ontario Premier announces new Advanced Energy Centre to be based at MaRS

The Centre will promote leading Canadian innovations and solutions in the global energy market Toronto, February 28, 2014 – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne today announced the creation of the Advanced Energy Centre, a partnership between the public and private sectors … Continued

Studio Y at MaRS announces first cohort

Program supported by Ontario government focuses on youth leadership, 21st century skills and social innovation Toronto, January 15, 2014 – Studio Y: Ontario’s Youth Social Impact and Leadership Academy officially announced its inaugural cohort during an event this morning at … Continued

Collaboration of life science leaders forms Triphase Accelerator Corporation

Triphase signs collaboration and option agreement with a leading innovator of cancer therapies, Celgene Corporation Toronto, Ontario, and San Diego, California, January 9, 2014 – A unique collaboration of life science leaders, including the Fight Against Cancer Innovation Trust (FACIT), … Continued

MaRS accelerates ventures with impact

Graduates of Impact8, Ontario’s first social venture accelerator, demo at TSX Toronto, December 5, 2013 – Impact8, Ontario’s first accelerator for social purpose businesses, will mark the completion of its first cohort with a Demo Day event at the Toronto … Continued

MaRS client Smart Energy Instruments and Hitachi High-Tech launch new solution to improve grid reliability

TORONTO, December 3, 2013 – Smart Energy Instruments (SEI), a Toronto-based cleantech company with a unique solution to improve electric grid reliability, and Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation of Japan, today unveiled the first component of SEI’s planned chipset product line for … Continued

MaRS CEO Dr. Ilse Treurnicht named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women for fourth time since 2009

Women’s Executive Network reveals 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners TORONTO, December 3, 2013 – MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce that CEO Dr. Ilse Treurnicht has been named a recipient of the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) … Continued