The University of Toronto is gearing up for its fourth annual Entrepreneurship Week, a celebration of U of T entrepreneurs and their startups.
Running from March 9 to 13, Entrepreneurship Week features an array of events hosted by U of T’s campus-linked startup incubators and accelerators, as well as other programming by U of T and its government and non-profit partners. There are startup showcases, pitch competitions, keynote talks, workshops, networking events and more.
Among the most highly anticipated events are the True Blue Expo, which will see dozens of startups showcase their innovations at the MaRS Discovery District; the 2020 RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship pitch competition, which offers $50,000 in prizes; and the RBC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, featuring entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Dragon’s Den judge Michele Romanow.
Here’s a rundown of some key numbers ahead of Entrepreneurship Week:
1 – U of T’s rank in research-based startups among Canadian universities
10 – Startups vying for the RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
20 – Events making up Entrepreneurship Week
60 – Startups participating in the True Blue Expo
300 – Entrepreneurship-related courses offered at U of T
500 – Startups created by U of T entrepreneurs over the past decade
$1,000 – Prize money for the winner of the Startup Slam organized by the Impact Centre
15,000 – Size in square feet of ONRamp, U of T’s collaboration and co-working space for startups
$20,000 – Total prizes at Pitch With a Twist organized by ICUBE at U of T Mississauga
$50,000 – Total prizes at the RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship pitch competition
$1.5 billion – Investment raised by U of T startups over the past decade