Entrepreneurship and Start-Ups

U of T is a vibrant entrepreneurial community with initiatives and programs that help to create and grow new, sustainable companies. U of T is first in Canada and among the top five in North America for research-based startups and over 350 start-ups have been created at U of T to take innovative ideas to market.

IPO supports the creation and incubation of early stage companies by providing entrepreneurship education and mentorship, IP protection, go-to-market strategies, networking, and investor preparation.

Start-Up Guidebook (PDF)

For U of T faculty, staff, and students interested in launching a start-up, this guide provides an overview of the process and highlights resources available for U of T entrepreneurs.


  1. Innovation and Entrepreneurship at U of T
  2. Getting the Business to Take Off
  3. Technology Transfer at a Glance for Start-Ups
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. U of T Policies and Conflict of Interest
  6. For Faculty: Best Practices for Start-Ups
  7. For students: Best Practices for Start-Ups
  8. Appendix 1: Resource Guide
  9. Appendix 2: IPO Contacts


The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) is a 12-month incubator for high-potential start-ups. UTEST provides funding, work space, mentoring and business strategy support. To learn more, visit UTEST.

U of T Entrepreneurship    

Read about start-up success stories and the latest news on Entrepreneurship@UofT. Find what you need to get your business off the ground within our growing ecosystem of accelerators, courses, and programs.  Visit the Entrepreneurship site.

For more information, contact IPO.

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