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DCSIL executes on its priorities by delivering specialized services to four key constituents;
DCSIL works with faculty, post docs, PhD candidates, and master’s students to accelerate and commercialize startup ventures coming from the UofT’s applied research teams with advanced technology and deep subject matter expertise. Teams seeking affiliation with DCSIL from beyond the UofT are also eligible for consideration provided that they have verifiable, researched tech and subject matter expertise. These external teams usually come to DCSIL for technical talent to round out their team or to purchase/license technology invented at the UofT to augment or enhance their offering. In both internally and externally generated tech startups, DCSIL immediately aims to place these advanced teams into industry paid pilot projects for further validation, co-development, commercialization, and public/private funding. DCSIL holds three cohorts per year of 5-10 teams with specialities in AI/ML, AR/VR, Cybersecurity/Blockchain, Data Science.
DCSIL is home to the cross-disciplinary class-based startup teams being incubated from the Department of Computer Science’s for-credit-courses offered to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the UofT. Students learn and apply Lean Startup methodologies in Customer Development and Agile methods in Product Development to produce a customer validated prototype or a minimum viable product within a semester. There isn’t a better set of real-world experiential entrepreneurship courses anywhere.
Industry Partners Seeking Student Collaboration
DCSIL works with industry partners to bring innovation into the cross-disciplinary class and startup lab setting. Interaction between industry and students is an essential ingredient for the professional development of the latter. Student experiences assimilated from industry serves them the rest of their careers, and industry gets an early-bird view of the outstanding student talent that the UofT is world renowned for. It’s your choice; pass on your experience through mentorship, educate by way of workshops, curate major industry challenges that students can focus on and solve, or just talk about your industry and the opportunities in your company. It’s a win-win scenario.
Starting in September 2017 UofT Computer Science students will have opportunities to meet startups and companies at events hosted by DCSIL. The Talent Development Program was created by DCSIL to support students who are interested in technical career paths in industry and startups. Students
will meet with employers in an informal setting and learn more about job and internship opportunities offered by companies, startups, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations where students might consider launching a career.
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