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.