The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) group works closely with startups to commercialize their disruptive technology innovations.

From idea to growth, the ICT group supports over 500 startups annually. In 2012 alone, our visionary entrepreneurs attracted $150 million in capital and generated over $90 million in revenue. They also helped create over 2,600 jobs!

Working out of the MaRS Commons, a dynamic 8,500-square-foot co-working facility, the ICT team includes resident advisors and associates, as well as a robust network of mentors and industry specialists.

How we engage with startups

The ICT group works with high-impact, growth-oriented technology startups. Using key success indicators, we have developed screening criteria to help startup companies navigate our Tiered Services model. For more information, see advisors. 

Our industry clusters

To ensure the success of our high-impact startups, we’ve established five specialized industry clusters that capitalize on the existing expertise within the MaRS ecosystem and align with the most disruptive global technology trends:

  • Education Technology – Focusing on K-12, higher education, self-directed learning, and corporate training
  • Financial Technology – Focusing on personal finance, payments & transactions, alternative lending, trading & back office, and crypto-currency
  • Retail & Digital Commerce – Focusing on transaction platforms, conversion tools, analytics platforms, and loyalty & customer
  • LegalX – Focusing on moving the legal sector forward by working with legal startups, established corporates and law firms
  • Media & Entertainment – Focusing on advertising technology, tools & platforms, immersive consumer experiences, and social media

Each cluster is spearheaded by a Lead with a demonstrated record of industry success and thought leadership in the field. Specialist advisors with deep technical or domain expertise also provide support.

The clusters are bolstered by strategic relationships with corporate, capital and institutional (academic, policy) partners. Our partners help ensure that emerging technologies developed by our startup companies have a clear path to market, and that founders can overcome the early barriers to success: access to funding, access to talent, and access to customers.

Our technology competencies

The ICT group has competencies in key industry technology areas:

  • Web
  • Mobile
  • Cloud
  • Hardware
  • Machine-to-machine
  • Data science
  • Social

We’ve also established partnerships with world-class technology companies in each of these areas, ensuring that our startups have access to a full network of support.

Our team

The ICT team includes passionate innovation advocates who work tirelessly to develop Toronto, Canada as a top-tier global innovation hub for technology startups. Our backgrounds and expertise reflect the diversity and needs of our vibrant community.

We are a high-calibre group of industry experts who have succeeded in previous roles as entrepreneurs, investors and corporate professionals. Our advisors and strategists have first-hand experience building and leading businesses globally.

Our network of industry contacts has deep relationships within the investment, corporate, and academic communities in Canada and beyond.

Core team members

headshot-Salim TejaSALIM TEJA | EVP Ventures


headshot-Ryan PoissantRYAN POISSANT | Senior Advisor, ICT


headshot-Nathan MonkNATHAN MONK | Senior Strategist, ICT


headshot-Robin WhittallROBIN WHITTALL | Associate, ICT


headshot-Sonia StrimbanSONIA STRIMBAN | Manager, Venture Operations


headshot-Krista JonesKRISTA JONES | Cluster Lead, Education Technology | Follow her @KJsaysthis


headshot-Joe WilsonJOE WILSON | Senior Strategist, Education Technology | Follow him @JoeatMaRS


headshot-Joe WilsonARON SOLOMON | Senior Advisor, Education Technology | Follow him @aronsolomon


headshot-Adam NanjeeADAM NANJEE | Head of Financial Technology


headshot-Sue McGillSUE MCGILL | Innovation Lead, Consumer Technology and Executive Director, JOLT


Connect with MaRS ICT

To learn more about MaRS ICT, including partnership and investment opportunities, please contact us at
ict@marsdd.com
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