Discover. Create. Succeed.
Created by the UofT Department of Computer Science, one of the top 10 computer science programs in the world, the Innovation Lab is positioned to assist and inspire entrepreneurial- and intrapreneurial-minded students, researchers, and startups to leverage the academic and research environment to create innovation through software.

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What we do:

Innovation formation: supporting students, faculty, and startups in commercializing innovation.

A multi-faceted Value Proposition:

Software centricity:

Makes DCSIL a critical path (software ubiquity) to commercialization for:

● Cross accelerator collaboration
● Cross departmental/faculty joint ventures
● Industry collaboration and innovation


Association with the UofT Department of Computer Science

● Strong brand recognition - highly rated CS department
● High caliber of undergraduate/graduate students
● Faculty in the DCS are recognized worldwide for excellence in research and volume of publications
● Highly-rated entrepreneurship designed courses by networked, serial entrepreneurs/investors with Silicon Valley pedigree and connections


Accommodate a variety of innovation sources and commercialization channels

● Accept multiple sources of innovation class, research, faculty, outside ventures, industry
● Cross departmental/faculty joint ventures
● We facilitate the most optimal commercialization route to market, follow-on accelerators, funding sources

What's New!

Lean Startup Conference Livestream

Nov 17 & 18 – 12:30-3 pm:

The Lean Startup Conference is a gathering for entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, and thought leaders from across sectors and structures, featuring the best of the Lean Startup community. Speakers include Alexander Osterwalder, lead author of the international bestseller Business Model Generation, and Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, among many others.

The Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab at U of T is an official simulcast partner for Toronto, and will stream the event from the Lab at Gerstein Science Information Centre on St. George Campus on Nov. 17 & 18, free of charge. The keynotes will be streamed live starting at 12:30 pm till around 3 pm, with selected breakout sessions happening later, TBA.

Whether you’re new to Lean Startup methods or have been putting these practices to use in your organization, this event promises to educate and inform. Come for a session or stay all afternoon! Get your tickets now.

To learn more, visit The Lean Startup Conference at Read about the Lean Startup movement and principles:

View the schedule here (note: all times in PST – add 3 hours!)

Phase Next: Beyond the Prototype

Join us November 25th from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. for an evening of networking and idea exchange as new and experienced entrepreneurs explore the path from prototype to commercial success. 

Focussed on bringing together the University of Toronto’s entrepreneurial talent and developing important linkages for our entrepreneurs and faculty, this event will be valuable for individuals interested in taking their startup to the next level by connecting with:
  • Entrepreneurial mentors and successful industry professionals;
  • U of T’s best and brightest entrepreneurs; and
  • University faculty and post-docs interested in converting their research into commercial products and services.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to watch live demos from some of U of T's top startups and be entered to win a tech giveaway.  When: Wednesday November 25
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Fields Institute Atrium
222 College St., Toronto

Cocktails and light fare will be served.

Phase Next is brought to you by the Banting & Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (BBCIE) and is made possible by the considerable contributions of our sponsors: 

Mario Grech lecture on financials
CSC 2702
Live Broadcast

DCSIL Information Sessions
CSC454/2527 & CSC490/2600
Live Broadcast

ROSS Intelligence
receives backing from
U.S. seed fund
Y Combinator

ROSS Intelligence (left to right): Shuai Wang (iSchool), Jimoh Ovbiagele (computer science), Akash Venkat (iSchool), Pargles Dall'Oglio (computer science) and Andrew Arruda (University of Saskatchewan law graduate).

ROSS, a digital legal expert built on artificial intelligence power of IBM Watson, has received backing from Y Combinator, a U.S. seed fund.
Read more at Tech Crunch
Read more at Y Combinator Posthaven blog

Business of Software
Capstone Design
Fall 2015 / Winter 2016

Learn about the nature, structure, and dynamics of the contemporary software industry:

In the course, you will learn techniques and methodologies that will give you a distinct career advantage after graduation. It is designed to give you a true-to-life experience of the thought process behind successful business ventures, whether you plan on creating your own startup or working for an established employer. In either case, critical business analysis skills complement the computer science skills sought by the industry.

In fall 2015, the theme revolves around wearable devices such as the Pebble Watch and the Nymi Band and, more broadly, the Internet of Things.We’re partnering with Engineering Science to bring you expertise from all sides.

In winter 2016, try your hand at IBM Watson Following on the DCS success in the IBM Watson Cognitive Computing Competition last fall, we are collaborating with IBM again.

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Entrepreneurship research information!

Research support: online and in-person:

Research support: online and in-person:

If you need more in-depth research support, I am available for consultations on specific topics. Teams can come in as a group (max. 2 or 3 people at once) or individually for help finding resources on a topic or building a search strategy. Common questions include industry or company research, selecting the best source for a particular topic, and help accessing or navigating a particular database.

If you have questions or would like to send a team my way, please don't hesitate to email me at

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