The Narwhal Project

Commentators have long criticized Canada’s inability to scale high-tech companies to world-class size. Although Canada has created an ecosystem that produces many startups, few of these companies grow to become Unicorns. Certainly, we have had world-leading companies such as Blackberry and Open Text, and more recently Unicorns such as HootSuite and Kik Interactive. But most of our successful startups are sold before they reach world-class size. Overcoming this growth hurdle is crucial to positioning Canadian companies favourably in global markets.

The Narwhal Project was established at the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto to conduct research in order to discover the underlying factors that are inhibiting our ability to create world-class technology companies. Our objective is to understand how we can improve and how governments, companies, and academia can identify and adopt best practices in technology commercialization.

The Impact Centre

The Impact Centre strives to bring science to society. We believe that science is the foundation for a better quality of life. Research, invention, and innovation are considered among the key contributors to economic development and sustainability of communities in Canada and around the world.

Our vision is to be a place where you can connect with exceptional research, talent, innovative companies, and government to create products and services that benefit society. We leverage the expertise and resources of universities to create real products and solutions for our clients.

We generate impact through industry projects and partnerships, entrepreneurial companies, and training. We bridge the gap between the university and industry to accelerate the development of new or improved products and services. We work with graduate students and researchers to help them commercialize their discoveries. We provide supplemental training for students at all levels to ease their transition into future careers.

Charles Plant

Charles Plant

Founder

Emina Veletanlic

Emina Veletanlic

Author/Editor

Harim Ulfig

Harim Ulfig

Publisher

Tihana Mirkovic

Tihana Mirkovic

Author/Data Scientist

James Li

James Li

Data Scientist

Cynthia Goh

Cynthia Goh

Academic Director - UTE

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