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The Impact Centre's goal is for proactive knowledge translation, in which university-based expertise is brought to create value to society. Innovation and entpreneurship are important aspects in this process, and the Impact Centre is home to a number of training activities for students to gain entrepreneurial skills, which are essential for their own company, or when joining an existing company. At the undergraduate level, this program includes a course, as well as for-credit internship possibilities.
The program is aimed at students from all disciplines. Inventions usually come from the science or engineering labs, but getting them out of the lab and available to meeting society's needs requires a very diverse set of skills. This is usually done by multi-disciplinary teams with representatives from the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Therefore, the program will emphasise such collaborations between students of diverse backgrounds.
How do innovations become useful in society? What is needed for a company to use such innovations successfuly? Why and how do individuals and companies commercialize a technology? This course gives an introduction to the skills needed by entrepreneurs in order to start a new venture based on an innovative idea. This course is Pass/Fail. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.Prerequisite: 4.0 FCEs in any subject
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. Details at http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course/rop. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science or Science course
This course allows students to earn one course credit by participating in an internship in a technology start-up company from the University of Toronto, with oversight from the Impact Centre. Students will contribute to the work needed in making an invention available to the public. This course is Pass/Fail. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.Prerequisite: IMC200H1