Supported by OCAD U Imagination Catalyst

Entrepreneur BootCamp Deadline to Apply Feb 4th!

Open to students of all levels of experience the Entrepreneur Bootcamp runs 4 consecutive days, February 20th to 23rd from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

If you’ve ever thought of starting a business this workshop is a great place explore. It’s especially helpful if you’re thinking about applying to the Imagination Catalyst incubator to commercialize your thesis project after graduation - or take a business you’re working on to the next level.

Study Week BootCamp

Kathryn Ellis Wins HotBlack Coffee Prize!

Many thanks to all who submitted their Best Eats recommendations! Kathryn Ellis, Community & Events Coordinator, Imagination Catalyst, has won a HotBlack gift card. 

OCAD University participates in Innovate TO150

Katherine Roos, OCAD University
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 11:30am

OCAD University’s business incubator, Imagination Catalyst, participated in InnovateTO150 on Friday, November 3. More than 50 of Toronto’s best innovation-minded startups and entrepreneurs were featured at the event  ̶  a startup showcase and pitch competition organized by the City of Toronto and the four Toronto-based universities.

InnovateTO150 represents a new collaborative partnership between the City of Toronto, OCAD University, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, and York University. This collaboration aims to deliver the innovation and showcase initiative with a local and national impact.

Companies selected from incubators at OCAD University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, and York University, exhibited their creative ideas, services, technologies and products, with the top ten entering a pitch competition for $50,000 in awards.

Imagination Catalyst, showcased six incubator companies: Aviv, Gaia, Thousand Stars Studio, Primo, U-Dimensions and PurPicks, of which five were led by OCAD University graduates. Katherine Roos, Executive Director, Imagination Catalyst, also participated in a panel discussion with representatives from each of the partner organizations.

The event was held in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday as an opportunity for emerging entrepreneurs to demonstrate how their ideas will help shape the next 150 years for Toronto and Canada. The program featured a keynote speech from Ann Makosinki, 20-year-old serial inventor and student at UBC, who was introduced by Paul Davidson, President of Universities Canada.

left to right: Sabid Ali and Kathryn Ellis, Imagination Catalyst and Karen Kwon, Executive Education, OCAD U


Friday, November 3, 2017 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

InnovateTO150 invites you and fellow innovation-minded entrepreneurs and changemakers to learn and engage with successful startups in Toronto and other experienced entrepreneurs. These enterprises and startup companies will demonstrate how their ideas, services, technologies, and products will shape the next 150 years for Toronto, Ontario and beyond. The InnovateTO150 Showcase will feature the best startups and entrepreneurs from Toronto, GTA and across Canada. Many of the showcased ventures are part of the 24 on-campus incubators and accelerators – components of existing academic entrepreneurship programming. These are the innovative entrepreneurship ecosystems currently serving students.


Keynote speaker: ANN MAKOSINSKI

Forbes 30 Under 30, TIME 30 Under 30, Google Science Fair Winner, Intel Science & Engineering Fair Winner, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Differentist


Visit for event schedule and registration information.

Venue & Address: 
Design Exchange 234 Bay Street Toronto, ON M5K 1B2
Free - Register to skip the line!
Innovate T. O. 150 poster showing keynote speaker Ann Makosinski, $50,000 worth of awards, and event information.

Art, Design & Independence INFO SESSION

Art, Design & Independence Info Session presented by Imagination Catalyst and Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers

Art, Design & Independence INFO SESSION

Art, Design & Independence Info Session
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:15pm to 8:15pm

Curious about how to start your own business or what it takes to become a freelance artist? Interested in meeting and learning from others who have?

Join us for a presentation, lively discussion, and networking!

WHEN: Thursday, October 19, 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm

WHERE: Lambert Lounge, Rm 187

Refreshments included.

Please RSVP -

For more information contact, Kathryn Ellis, OR Miles Collyer,

Photo Credit: Anna Peng

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Lambert Lounge, Rm 187
416-977-6000 ex. 4364

Imagination Catalyst team short-listed in UBS Future of Finance Challenge

Wondereur logo
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 3:15pm

Imagination Catalysts’ Wondereur team, co-founded by Sophie Perceval and Olivier Berger, has been short-listed in the second UBS Future of Finance Challenge 2017 (Americas).  

Their ground-breaking AI-powered Art Investment engine allows art buyers, collectors and wealth managers to check price fairness before purchase, visualize artists' cultural significance and growth potential, track their collections' performance and strategize art investments in the global art market. “This is a major disruption as art buyers today have to rely on fragmented expertise and incomplete auction data,” said Sophie Perceval, co-founder, Wondereur. “For banks, this is opening a whole new set of services in the wealth management industry (from art investment to art-secured lending), answering their clients' need for portfolio diversification and interest in tangible assets.”

The UBS Future of Finance Challenge is a competition open to start-ups and established, growing companies around the world, through which UBS, a global financial services company, looks for innovative and potentially disruptive technological ideas and solutions that will support the transformation of the banking industry.

Participants have the chance to scale their ideas and technologies by leveraging UBS’s global presence, deep expertise in global banking and ecosystem of innovation partners. Rewards for the regional finalists include $80,000 (U.S.) in cash prizes, up to $200,000 (U.S) to fund 'proof-of-concept'/pilot opportunities, and over 250 hours of dedicated coaching and mentoring from UBS experts and partners.

“Being selected as finalists for the Future of Finance challenge is a great validation of our value proposition and opens up collaboration opportunities with the UBS teams,” added Perceval. “This international recognition is coming at the right time as we are raising a round of seed funding.” The team will participate in the regional finals in New York City on November 7 and 8, 2017.

Imagination Catalyst business incubator is OCAD University’s free, one-year business incubator program that supports up to 25 start-ups.