Portfolio Snapshot: Minuum debuts on Google Glass, Crowdmark named most innovative at SIIA

Whirlscape launches Google Glass demo video Whirlscape’s Minuum keyboard nabbed afour-star review from CNET’s editors only days before announcing their technology is now available for Google Glass. Watch the UTEST graduate‘s newest demo video. Reaction coverage: CNET, Mashable,TechCrunch, Mobile Syrup and Android Central, among various other tech blogs. Crowdmark named “Most Innovative” at Washington’s SIIA conference The Education Division of the Software… Read more »

Whirlscape exits beta, launches version 2.0 of the Minuum keyboard

Whirlscape Inc., a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program’s cohort graduate, exits beta with the version 2.0 release of Minuum, their hit “small keyboard for big fingers.” Whirlscape Inc. is a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology program (UTEST), which is currently accepting applications for its third cohort until April 17. Click here… Read more »

UTEST grad Crowdmark profiled in The Globe and Mail article

  Crowdmark, a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program’s first cohort, was the focus of a February 17 article by Ivor Tossell, The Globe and Mail‘s technology culture columnist. Created by U of T professor James Colliander, Crowdmark allows educators to quickly and efficiently grade large amounts of tests and exams. Tossell highlighted Crowdmark’s innovation and ease-of-use… Read more »

Whirlscape Lands $500K From Y Combinator, BDC And More

  Whirlscape Inc., creators of Minuum, “the little keyboard for big fingers,” have closed an investment seed round for just over $500,000 (USD). Y Combinator, FundersClub,BDC Venture Capital, and a dozen other prominent angel investors have contributed to the round. Whirlscape’s plans for the capital involve innovating beyond its participation in Silicon Valley’s start-up accelerator Y Combinator. Whirlscape… Read more »

UTEST Profiled by Betakit

  The University of Toronto Early Stage Technology (UTEST) program was the focus of a recent online article in BetaKit, a Canadian innovation and technology resource. The article by Joseph Czikk, BetaKit’s managing editor, is part of a series on Canada’s most promising start-up accelerators and the people who  make them successful. Czikk highlights UTEST “as one of… Read more »

Crowdmark announces new partnership with Ricoh Canada Inc.

Crowdmark, a UTEST company, has reached a deal with Ricoh Canada Inc. Announced January 20, 2014, the deal outlines national printing and scanning service for Crowdmark customers, with U.S. discussions coming up in the future, to improve the start-up’s online marking process for teachers. Here’s an excerpt from the release (emphasis ours): Toronto, Ontario (January 20, 2014)… Read more »

CBC News’ “The National” Features Granata Decision Systems

Following an appearance on the CBC’s “Lang and O’Leary Exchange” on November 28, MaRS Innovation UTESTcompany, Granata Decision Systems, appeared on CBC news “The National.” The segment included an interview with Amanda Lang. Watch Boutilier’s interview with Lang for “The National” on CBC’s website.  Granata Decision Systems’ Co-Founder and University of Toronto Professor Craig Boutiliergives his pitch at a… Read more »

Adding Intelligence to Human and Information Assessment

Information Assessment ← HADI & MARWAN ALADDIN, alumni, Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Enlarge this image Companies and academic institutions today conduct most of their business electronically. From employee training programs to student grades, these organizations use a variety of internal platforms to move, manipulate and assess information-and they spend… Read more »

The Next Digital Revolution in Education? Grading

The Next Digital Revolution in Education? Grading. It seems that you can’t go anywhere these days without seeing a new pretender to a digital revolution in education. Just this week, Harvard and MIT launched an online initiative, edX. It follows Stanford University’s digital education initiatives and the start-ups it has spawned, CourseRA and Udacity.

Student Startup 5: University of Toronto’s CoursePeer, a Social Academic Talent Management Platform

Student Startup 5: University of Toronto’s CoursePeer, a Social Academic Talent Management Platform Student Startups is a monthly series created by Techvibes to highlight Canada’s talented student entrepreneurs. Across the country, bright minds with brilliant ideas are launching businesses before they even graduate from school. We want to recognize and celebrate these ambitious youngsters, who… Read more »