U of T Entrepreneurship Week including RBC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Speaker Series with Geoffrey Hinton on Machine Learning & Its Applications

Event Date: Mon, 2017-03-27 09:00 to Fri, 2017-03-31 18:00

Website: http://entrepreneurs.utoronto.ca/entrepreneurshipweek/

U of T Entrepreneurship Week


Throughout the week events are planned across campus culminating in the Startup Showcase on Friday, March 31st with 60+ startups, an augmented reality tour of UofT by ArNocular and the first annual RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship pitch competition.

Introducing our first Entrepreneurship@UofT Week

Did you know that with over 150 new startup companies in the last five years, U of T is among the top North American institutions and #1 in Canada for startups based on research innovations and inventions?

This year, to celebrate and showcase our robust and rapidly growing entrepreneurial community, we are planning an inaugural Entrepreneurship@UofT Week from March 27-31, 2017.

Incubator and accelerator programs and other partners are hosting events throughout the week culminating in the Startup Showcase on Friday, March 31st in the Goldring Centre with 60+ startups, a chance to vote for your favourite startups to help them win prizes, the first annual RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship pitch competitionand the RBC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series with Geoffrey Hinton on machine learning and its applications, one of the hottest areas in innovation right now. Check out all the events happening below.

For those new to entrepreneurship, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurship and the incubator/accelerator programs at UofT and to meet the next generation of entrepreneurs. For entrepreneurs, you’ll have the chance to showcase your innovation, win prizes, and grow your network across UofT and beyond.

Check out all the events happening throughout the week below. Registration is by individual event with the exception of Friday’s Startup Showcase where a single registration covers all the events except the UofT Augmented Reality Tour.

Schedule of Events


9:00-12:00pm Elevator Pitch Workshop(MaRS)
12:00-1:00pm Private Company and Startup Investment Research Webinar (UofT Library)
4:00-7:00pm Pillars of Health: Connecting Innovators (H2i)


9:30-12:00pm Market Validation: Finding your Blue Ocean (The Hub, UTSC)
11:00-1:00pm IMI High School Invention Convention (ICUBE, UTM)
12:00-1:45pm UTEST Open House – Ernst & Young Start-up Lunch Discussion (UTEST)
2:00-4:00pm Exploring Entrepreneurship Workshop (Career Centre)
5:30-7:00pm Doing Good and Making Money: Exploring Social Entrepreneurship (The Agency)
5:30-7:30pm ICUBE Pub Night (ICUBE, UTM)


2:00-4:00pm Exploring Entrepreneurship: Generating Ideas (Career Centre)
4:00-5:00pm Idea Market(The Entrepreneurship Hatchery)


2:00-4:00pm Exploring Entrepreneurship: Starting a Business(Career Centre)
6:00-8:00pm Entrepreneurship 100: Conversations on Money (Impact Centre)

FRIDAY, MARCH 31  Startup Showcase (10am-6pm in the Goldring Centre)

10:00-4:30pm Startup Showcase, Research to Market Showcase, & Networking Café
10:00-11:30am UofT Augmented Reality Tour (DCS Innovation Lab)
12:00-1:00pm RBC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Speaker Series with Geoffrey Hinton: Deep Learning and its Applications
1:00-2:00pm Lunch
2:00-4:30pm RBC Prize for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
4:30-5:00pm Awards Presentation
5:00-6:00pm Startup Social (Light food and drinks provided)

Geoffrey Hinton on Deep Learning and its Applications

Come hear one of the world’s leading computer scientists speak on deep learning and how neural networks, or learning machines, will change our world.

Geoffrey Hinton is an emeritus distinguished professor in the department of computer science in the Faculty of Arts & Science at UofT and vice-president engineering fellow at Google. Hinton’s research into artificial neural networks has been ground-breaking and his neural networks startup, DNN research, was acquired by Google in 2013.

Deep Learning and its Applications

Deep neural networks that have many layers of feature detectors between the input and the output are much better than hand-engineered systems at tasks like speech recognition, object recognition, and machine translation. Using a simple learning procedure that Hinton will explain, these networks create their own internal representations of the input data. The success of deep learning means that there are now two very different ways to get computers to do what you want: write a complicated program or show lots of examples of the behaviour you want to a simple learning procedure.

Speaker Bio

Geoffrey Hinton received his PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh in 1978. After five years as a faculty member at Carnegie-Mellon he became a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and moved to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto where he is now an emeritus distinguished professor. He is also a VP Engineering Fellow at Google Toronto. Geoffrey Hinton was one of the researchers who introduced the backpropagation algorithm and the first to use backpropagation for learning word embeddings. His research group in Toronto made major breakthroughs in deep learning that revolutionized speech recognition and object classification. In 2010 he won the NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal which is Canada’s top award in Science and Engineering.


Friday, March 31 from 12:00-1:00pm


Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport

100 Devonshire Place


This is a FREE event. The RBC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is part of Entrepreneurship@UofT Week and takes place during the Startup Showcase. Register here.



Entrepreneurship Week at U of T