Innovation is about the translation of knowledge to create societal benefits. But how does this happen? The University of Toronto creates the largest pool of knowledge in Canada through world class and leading edge research. What happens in a research lab, and how can this knowledge make its way to improve our quality of life? In this course you will get to examine the path from discovery to market and understand important concepts that are encountered in the process, including issues of intellectual property, product development, company structure and decision making, marketing, and sales. You are expected to gain basic skills related to entrepreneurship that will supplement knowledge gained in your individual disciplines to assist in the transition to a future career, whether working for yourself or for others. Some of the lectures will be given by guest speakers who are leading practitioners in industry. The course is broadly aimed at students from the sciences, social sciences and humanities, reflecting the roles that personnel of various backgrounds has in companies, or when freelancing.
This course is a prerequisite to IMC390 – Internship, wherein a student will participate in an internship program with a start-up company and gains hands on experience in how a company is built.
IMC200 is part of the Impact Centre’s education programs.
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The course is offered in the Fall Term, on Tuesdays at 4 pm. Timetable information is at this link.
Tutorial sections T0101, T0201, T0301, T0401 start the week of Sept. 16. Tutorial sections T0102, T0202, T0302, T0402 start the week of Sept. 23. The tutorials run on alternating weeks.
A tentative course outline is available here. As this is a new course, it may still change.
Students interested in hands-on experience in a company setting might be interested in the companion internship course IMC390, Internships in New Ventures.
For more information, please contact Emanuel Istrate.
Email: eistrate (at) optics.utoronto.ca