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 innovateto150.ca 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.