Press Kit

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

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.

MaRS’ SVX investing platform matches Proteocyte Diagnostics with Freycinet Investments

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.

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

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?”

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

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

Next-level tech and boundary-pushing innovation have become hallmarks of Toronto’s JOLT accelerator, and Cohort four is no exception, with six ambitious startups on the roster.

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

MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Dizy as Managing Director of its Advanced Energy Centre (AEC).

Proteocyte Diagnostics joins MaRS’ SVX impact investing platform

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).

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

MaRS Discovery District is excited to announce the launch of a new Innovation Law Clinic in partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright. Exclusive to MaRS, this legal program is customized to meet the specialized needs of high-growth technology ventures that operate in complex global markets.

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

Impact8, Ontario’s first accelerator for social purpose businesses, marked the close of its second cohort with a special announcement from national health provider and innovator, Saint Elizabeth.

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

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

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

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.

Creating the future: The new MaRSDD.com

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 content.

MaRS’ Impact8 social venture accelerator launches second cohort

Following its successful pilot in the fall of 2013, Impact8 – Ontario’s first accelerator for social ventures – is pleased to announce its second cohort.

MaRS impact investing platform announces key financing wins at Impact Ontario

The first round of ventures in MaRS Discovery District’s impact investing platform, SVX, have raised $650,000 in financing.

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