University of Toronto Early Stage Technology: UTEST
The UTEST Program is part of U of T’s growing ecosystem of incubators and commercialization support services. It provides nascent software companies with start-up funding, office space in the MaRS Discovery District facility, mentoring and business strategy support.
UTEST accepts companies in the very earliest stages of idea generation— before they’re ready for traditional incubators — and awards each company up to $30,000 in start-up funds. UTEST is jointly administered by the Innovations & Partnerships Office at the University of Toronto and MaRS Innovation.
UTEST 2013 Companies
|eQOL, Inc.— eQOL’s first product, DiCAT, is a mobile-based solution for renal dialysis patients. DiCAT provides chronically ill patients with tools that enable them to care for themselves using home dialysis, which is especially important in remote areas. Using DiCAT, doctors can monitor their patients and intervene whenever necessary, especially during emergencies. DiCAT is unique because it extends beyond traditional monitoring systems by incorporating patient-oriented tools, enabling patients to respond immediately and independently to non-urgent issues. eQOL’s self-care model increases patient engagement and improves condition management, resulting in cost reduction across Ontario’s healthcare ecosystem and beyond. www.linkedin.com/company/eqol-inc-||
|E-Twenty Development, Inc.— Poor wayfinding by patients, visitors and staff costs the average hospital several hundred thousand dollars each year. E-Twenty has developed a patent-pending indoor wayfinding and navigation system that requires no Wi-Fi, GPS, or additional infrastructure. Its flagship product, Hospital Concierge, is a location-aware healthcare app for iOS and Android that enables efficient wayfinding and enhances staff, patient, and visitor interactions inside hospitals. E-Twenty has signed two major university-affiliated medical centers as beta test sites for its product. www.etwenty.co||
|Root2Crown, Inc. is developing hardware and software solutions to make it easier to conduct and communicate required dental risk assessment processes while increasing the efficiency, reliability and availability of dental health assessment and diagnosis for dental schools, practices and the general public.||
|Treata Smart Solutions, Inc.— Mild cognitive impairment affects as many as 20 per cent of older adults, and the problem is growing — every eight seconds, another Baby Boomer turns 65. Caring for a loved one with memory loss can cause frustration, distress, and real economic loss for caregivers. Lost wages cost caregivers approximately $75 million in 2010. Treata’s total solution for connecting caregivers with their loved ones eases this burden. Treata helps people with memory loss live independently longer, and gives their loved ones peace of mind. www.treatasolutions.com|
|TrendMD— TrendMD, a medical trending engine, instantly delivers personalized, high-impact research articles. With over 2,000 new publications added daily, TrendMD uses aggregate social metrics and algorithmic filters to identify the few must-read articles. Founded in 2013 by physicians looking for an easier way to keep up, TrendMD’s goal is simple: keep medical professionals current and save them time. www.trendmd.com||
UTEST 2012 Graduates
|CoursePeer— a smart, elegant and social learning and assessment platform — empowers schools and organizations to enhance education and training through a suite of web-based and mobile tools.Through its patented assessment engine, CoursePeer allows organizations to build their education and training experiences around detailed outcomes and goals and provides its users a platform to organically build ePortfolios that reflect their skills and knowledge. www.coursepeer.com||
|Crowdmark is a scalable educational assessment system that creates an efficient labour market for exam marking through their proprietary technology. Marker feedback systems and adaptive marking interfaces ensure rapid, accurate and pedagogically rich assessments of student work. www.crowdmark.com||
|Granata’s decision-support technologies help businesses and consumers make complex, data-driven group decisions by gathering preferences and evaluating decisions to maximize value to relevant stakeholders. Their patent-pending algorithms and API support efficient reasoning about groups and require minimal preference information, easing the demands on participants, driving participation, and providing better results. Their API will be widely available for B2C and B2B customers. www.granatads.com||
|This online service uses annotated digital images (photos or digitally-created documents) to allow collaborating on digital or physical projects. Using Shotlst, users can version both physical and digital content while providing metrics and activity reporting. Shotlst is also designing an API service for annotation in its back end that will work across a range of 2D and 3D spaces. This API is intended for use by a variety of front end software interfaces, including augmented reality and 3D spaces. www.shotlst.com||
|This revolutionary mobile technology transforms an individual’s hard-to-understand speech, whether due to an accent or speech disorder, to clear speech. Thotra’s cloud-based platform is available for individuals, speech therapists and language instructors, and can be embedded for enterprise use. www.thotra.com|
|Want to simplify your mobile typing? Whirlscape has created novel algorithms that help to turn even the most imprecise letter entry into the intended word using a new text input method for mobile touchscreen devices. www.whirlscape.com|
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