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Fall in love with the sports page again

There is a new kid on the sports media block, and it isn’t looking to be a one-hit wonder. The Athletic Toronto is a young startup that is trying to take on the big national newspapers to reinvent local sports coverage and make readers “fall in love with the sports page again.” And they are doing it with multiple Ryerson […]

by Hailey Salvian· · entrepreneurship, News, Sports
Students get into the holiday spirit at the SLC

Students get into the holiday spirit at the SLC

With winter break right around the corner, the holiday season has arrived at Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre.“Shop the SLC: A Holiday Market” is taking place for the second time after its success last year. This year’s three-day market featured a Santa photo booth on Tuesday. On Friday, there will be a performance by Ryerson’s a cappella group, followed by a World […]

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Feminism in theatre

There is now an all-womyn theatre company in Toronto. HERstory Counts is a theatre company that produces plays, which are written and performed by diverse female-identified womyn. Female-identified means any person who identifies themselves as a womyn. Why it’s important Jennifer Neales, the founder of HERstory Counts says, this company is not only important, it’s necessary. “HERstory Counts became the necessary […]

Students build eco-friendly condo, solarBLOCK

Students build eco-friendly condo, solarBLOCK

Students from Ryerson University, Seneca College and the University of Toronto have come together to build an environmentally sustainable condominium. The team is called ECOstudios. The condo is called the solarBLOCK and is designed for urban living. It works by drawing energy from the city’s energy grid but on a yearly basis it will give just as much energy back, […]

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Rye engineering grad wins $500,000 to launch business

A Ryerson chemical engineering grad has won $500,000 to launch his own chemical engineering business. Seyed Nourbakhsh came up with the idea of a self-powered, automatic swimming pool chlorinating system a year after working at a Burlington pool company as part of a co-op placement during his final year in 2013. In the same year, Nourbakhsh won all stages of the Norman […]

The Sneakerdeck team, pictured from left to right (Owen Osinde, Jasem Ahmady and Ryan MacDonald) (Courtesy Sneakerdeck)

Sneaker market goes digital

By mixing social media and commerce, Ryerson students are creating a space for the sneakerhead community. Third-year entrepreneurship student, Owen Osinde, recently launched the beta version of Sneakerdeck, an online “social commerce platform” aimed at people who are passionate about sneakers, known as sneakerheads. Since the site launched on Oct. 12, they’ve already had more than 500 users sign up. […]

by Esther Lee· · Audio, Business, entrepreneurship, News
[Left to right] Alexander Mines, Tanner MacDonald, and Trevor McConnell, three of the four founders of the Food Innovation Hub, attend the Urban Farm Fall Harvest Party on October 25, 2016. Osama Sbeitan (not pictured) is the fourth founder and director of the Food Innovation Hub. (Courtesy Chayonika Chandra)

Ryerson introduces new food incubator

 The Food Innovation Hub (FIH) is Ryerson’s first student-led food incubator that helps companies start to grow and monetize their businesses. The FIH is a subset of the new initiative in the science faculty called the Science Discovery Zone (SDZ). “Toronto is a mecca for food; go around any corner and there’s 50 different ways in which different cultures innovate […]

The Crown Prince Couple. (Courtesy Jørgen Gomnæs via The Royal Court)

The Norwegian Royals are coming to Ryerson

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway are visiting the Student Learning Centre today from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. to discuss social innovation. They will be meeting will innovative startup founders such as Robin Cory (Colbeck Strategic Advisors), Johann Koss (Right to Play), Maayan Ziv (AccessNow) and Tariq Fancy (Rumie). According to the Royal Norwegian Embassy press release, […]

by Daniela Olariu· · DMZ, entrepreneurship, News
The team behind Gimme360 in their office at Ryerson's Fashion Zone (LR Alex De Jäger (Courtesy of Danielle Lee)

Ryerson startup combines virtual reality, fashion and charity

A startup from Ryerson’s Fashion Zone is combining fashion and technology to start a social movement and is using Kickstarter to do it. Gimme360 is a clothing company that donates proceeds from every garment sold to provide water for developing countries. The amount of proceeds donated depend on the project they’re working on due to the amount of equipment needed […]

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Put your best face forward with RyeBeauty

Ryerson’s newest student organization, RyeBeauty, is bringing beauty education and industry networking opportunities to campus. It is the first university student-run beauty organization in Toronto and the group plans to create a solid community for beauty lovers at Ryerson. “There are so many of us here at Ryerson who love beauty, yet no one’s made the effort to really bring […]

by Kelsey Adams· · Arts & Life, Beauty, entrepreneurship
The DFZ gets space to grow

The DFZ gets space to grow

What’s new? The Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ) is expanding its number of members, projects and recently, in location. The DFZ is going from being cramped into a few rooms on the third floor of the Victoria Building to stewarding a new “future lab” that will be located on the main level of the Church Street development. “These changes are very […]

DMZ strikes deal to provide mental health counselling

DMZ strikes deal to provide mental health counselling

With high workplace stress levels and failure being a common trend for startups, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some entrepreneurs are likely to experience a strain on their mental health. To help entrepreneurs take better care of their emotional and mental well-being, Ryerson’s DMZ has announced a partnership with the online therapy platform TranQool to provide DMZ-based entrepreneurs […]

by Amira Zubairi· · Business, DMZ, entrepreneurship, News
Students to bring big ‘ideas’ to Rye’s design competition

Students to bring big ‘ideas’ to Rye’s design competition

Engineering and design students will come together to tackle real-world problems at the Interior Design & Engineering Affiliation (I.D.E.A) competition this weekend. On Oct. 8, about 145 students will combine their skills to create a solution to a health care problem in the form of a floorplan and virtual prototype. The exact problem will be kept under wraps until the […]

The Transmedia Zone's Music Den is an incubator for Toronto's music industry innovators  (Casimir Boivin)

Ryerson’s Music Den hits the right note for young innovators

The Faculty of Communication and Design’s (FCAD) new Music Den is already on its way to helping a Toronto-based innovator discover his passion. For Chris Prendergast, 29, the opportunity to work with industry veterans and collaborate with other young entrepreneurs inspired him to apply to be a part of the Music Den, a program that provides help to innovators in […]

Science Discovery Zone to get new home thanks to gov’t funding

Science Discovery Zone to get new home thanks to gov’t funding

By Isabelle Docto and Robyn Fiorda Ryerson’s new Science Discovery Zone (SDZ) will have a new home in the Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI) thanks to today’s provincial and federal funding announcement. Bill Morneau, Canada’s minister of finance, announced today that Ryerson will receive more than $30 million of federal infrastructure funding. Another $4.7 million will come from the province. […]

The DMZ is one of the 11 zones at Ryerson. (Shaian Martin)

Can female entrepreneurs build it? Yes they can

More Ontario women are becoming entrepreneurs, according to a study released last week, but experts say they still face more difficulty getting investors than men do. The 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Ontario report conducted by Ryerson University, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Centre for Innovation Studies was released last week. It  found that 13.8 per cent […]

by Robyn Fiorda· · Business, DMZ, entrepreneurship
Hot tech-startup fest makes Canadian debut in Toronto

Hot tech-startup fest makes Canadian debut in Toronto

Marketers, investors and students gathered at the Biomedical Zone in downtown Toronto last Thursday for Canada’s first NewCo entrepreneurship festival. The Biomedical Zone is a health tech incubator that works closely with St. Michael’s Hospital and Ryerson University to develop healthcare startup companies. The space is no stranger to startup business culture, making it a perfect setting for NewCo to […]

Akindi App, Photo by Kevin Siazon

In brief: Akindi launches new grading app for professors

By Robyn Fiorda & Shaian Martin DMZ-based startup Akindi partnered with Toronto company Tiny Hearts this summer to launch a mobile app that gives professors an easier way to grade exams. The app is an extension of Akindi’s Scantron-alternative system. “It helps instructors not only access their grades on their phone, but they can actually generate the bubble sheets from […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Business, DMZ, entrepreneurship, News
Owen Osinde, CEO of Sneakerdeck, and Jasem Ahmady, lead of operations and design, at the Branded TO competition April 8. (Courtesy Sneackerdeck)

Students’ app combines social media with sneakers

A group of Ryerson students created Sneakerdeck, an app they hope will become the go-to social platform for people who love sneakers.

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Rye grad creates makeup line for men

Waking up with a face full of acne on the day of prom can be a nightmare for some high school students, but for Andrew Grella it was the inspiration behind forming his company. “I went to my mom and she said, ‘Let me put some makeup on you,’ and I said she was crazy,” Grella said. “So I left […]

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Startup CUCU takes home $25,000 prize

A team of Ryerson graduates is bringing its credit-card customization idea to market after winning $25,000 in the Slaight New Venture competition last week. Their startup, CUCU, offers a patented sticker design that allows people to customize their debit and credit cards that won over the judges, beating two other finalists. “We went in there with patents ready to go, pretty much […]

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Logit app helps athletes stay healthy

RightBlue Labs — a start-up company partnered with the Ryerson’s DMZ — recently announced a new partnership with Racquetball Canada to provide raquetball players with Logit, an athlete monitoring system. The Logit application monitors different health risks during training sessions with the goal of preventing or minimizing time lost due to injuries. Geri Powell, the administrator of high performance and […]

Ben Isotta-Riches, CIO of Aviva Canada. (Courtesy Keifer Wiseman)

Aviva Canada and the DMZ partnering to support startups

Aviva Canada and Ryerson’s DMZ unveiled a new partnership last Wednesday to help tech startups emerge break into their industries. The goal? To bring fresh ideas and encourage innovation in insurance and brokerage by collaborating with startups. Aviva Canada, a Canadian property and casualty insurance company made the official announcement at Ryerson on March 23. Abdullah Snobar, executive director of […]

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Plugging in for mental well-being

Jessica Crawford turns off the lights and settles into bed. With her heating pad soothing her sore shoulders, she turns on her Stop, Breathe & Think app. Listening to the voice streaming from her phone, she sinks further into relaxation. “I never make it to the end of the meditation, I always pass out,” she says. Going through her body […]

Reaching beyond your zone

Reaching beyond your zone

Correction: The print version of this story incorrectly stated that Monica Jako is the director of strategic planning and partnerships in the DMZ. She is, in fact, the director of strategic planning and partnerships in the faculty of arts. The mistake has been corrected.  If a fortune teller told Barbara Lukasz, a fourth-year English student, about the year-long transformation that […]

Ryerson University and Tangerine Bank have officially launched the Thinkcubator on Feb. 23.

Ryerson launches new Tangerine Thinkubator

Ryerson University and Tangerine Bank announced a joint partnership Feb. 23 to officially launch the new Ryerson Tangerine Thinkubator. The “Thinkubator” is the latest addition to Ryerson’s growing fleet of startup zones, like the DMZ and the Transmedia Zone. This incubator will focus on, but not limit itself to, startups creating tools that could benefit financial technology companies. Examples would […]

RyersonianTV: February 25, 2016 – FCAD’s plan for unpaid internship, Damn Daniel, and Facebook’s new Reactions

RyersonianTV: February 25, 2016 – FCAD’s plan for unpaid internship, Damn Daniel, and Facebook’s new Reactions

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

RyersonianTV: February 12, 2016 – Drake receives key to the city, full Ghomeshi recap and movie review

RyersonianTV: February 12, 2016 – Drake receives key to the city, full Ghomeshi recap and movie review

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

RyersonianTV: February 11, 2016 – Live Ghomeshi trial, sharing economy panel and Harry Potter returns

RyersonianTV: February 11, 2016 – Live Ghomeshi trial, sharing economy panel and Harry Potter returns

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

Rye grad, OCAD students help make Uber accessible

Rye grad, OCAD students help make Uber accessible

AccessNow’s Maayan Ziv and the Inclusive Design Research Centre students at OCAD enlightened Uber on challenges faced by people with disabilities.

Sophomore fashion magazine created by Ryerson alumnae goes digital

Sophomore fashion magazine created by Ryerson alumnae goes digital

“I think a lot of young people are just sick and tired of being fed the same capitalist beauty ideal and we’re smarter than that.”

Interim president Mohamed Lachemi with Brad Duguid, economic development minister in Delhi on the India Trade Mission. (Courtesy Ryerson Univeristy)

Lachemi headed to Mumbai with immigration minister and economic development minister

Lachemi will visit Ryerson’s India-based incubator in Mumbai on Friday.

by Samantha Tapp· · DMZ, entrepreneurship, News, Off Campus
Not just for single ladies: Beyonce inspired dance classes get Toronto ‘bodied’

Not just for single ladies: Beyonce inspired dance classes get Toronto ‘bodied’

“I’m just trying to spread the love to people who normally wouldn’t be able to dance like Beyoncé.”

Ryerson, St. Mike’s come together to create new health technologies

Ryerson, St. Mike’s come together to create new health technologies

Ryerson joined a 20-year partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital to research and develop health-care solutions on Jan. 26, 2016 at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Money saving tips for students back from the holidays

Money saving tips for students back from the holidays

Four experts from differing financial backgrounds give some tips on how to get student finances on track.

Dalton McGuinty talks with Ryerson students Nov. 27, 2015. (Katie Raskina/Ryersonian Staff)

“Do what’s right,”: Former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty discusses leadership with Ryerson students

Dalton McGuinty talked to students about leadership Nov. 25, 2015 and promoted his new book.

The future Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex named after former Brookfield CEO Jack Cockwell, formerly known as the Church Street Development. (Courtesy Ryerson)

Ryerson receives additional $8 million from Jack Cockwell family for entrepreneurship institute

Jack Cockwell’s family donated $8 million — the family has now donated $28 million in total to the school

First-place winners Abil won $5,000 from the DMZ. Left to right: Abid Virani, Misha Mykitiuk, Alwar Pillai, and Graham McLaughlin. (Courtesy Laura Rossi/Ryerson)

Team wins $5,000 in DMZ ‘Hack-cessibility’ competition

One team out of eight walked away with $5,000 in a competition at the DMZ.

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Ryerson’s DMZ ranked #1 North American university business incubator program

Ryerson’s DMZ university incubator program was ranked #1 by UBI Global Nov. 4.

Entrepreneurship in action: Ryerson students making an impact

Entrepreneurship in action: Ryerson students making an impact

As many of us breathe a sigh of relief after being done with midterm season, nine students around campus are scrambling to get back into the routine of just going to class.

by Ban Ibrahim· · Arts & Life, entrepreneurship
Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, visited Ryerson's Digital Media Zone on Oct. 27, 2015. He was joined by lieutenant-governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Sheldon Levy to discuss innovation and education with young entrepreneurs. (Krista Robinson/Ryersonian Staff)

Prince Edward visits the DMZ

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, spent the first part of his 37th official trip to Canada meeting with the founders of three startup companies at the DMZ.

Starting Up: SlimCut Media

Starting Up: SlimCut Media

Starting Up is an audio series featuring young and promising entrepreneurs on campus.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Audio, Business, entrepreneurship, News
Starting Up: Crowdbabble

Starting Up: Crowdbabble

Starting Up is an audio series featuring young and promising entrepreneurs on campus.   In this episode ,business reporters A. A. Ali and Veronica Silva Cusi talk to Crowdbabble, a social media analytics company. Abbas Alidina, Crowdbabble founder and CEO, talks about the importance of social media analytics and how their software-as-a-service business model works well with both small and big […]

Starting Up: Agile Capital

Starting Up: Agile Capital

Starting Up is an audio series featuring young and promising entrepreneurs on campus.     Listen to business reporters, A.A. Ali and Veronica Silva Cusi, as they talk to some of these entrepreneurs. In our first episode we speak with Agile Capital co-founders, André Wills and Kyle Boyko. Written and produced by Veronica Silva Cusi and A.A. Ali.

How to display your work for future employers

How to display your work for future employers

  The paperless wave is taking over the job hunt. Employers in fields like graphic design, journalism and photography want to see your resumé and portfolio online. “More and more we’re getting students coming in asking about online – their presence, social media, a website,” said Ian Ingles, Ryerson Career Centre’s operations manager. Ingles said a website “makes your application […]

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Ryerson’s DMZ teams up with OneEleven and Communitech

Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) is partnering with Waterloo’s Communitech and Toronto’s OneEleven to share their facilities, resources and talent. Communitech and OneEleven, like the DMZ, help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.  If a Ryerson-based startup needs to meet a client in Waterloo, they now have a space to do so. The agreement, announced Monday, means that entrepreneurs from each group […]

Blynk nominated for Canadian Startup Award

Blynk nominated for Canadian Startup Award

A startup from Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone is in the running for an award at this year’s Canadian Startup Awards, as the public voting stage is underway. Blynk, a personal styling app that generates outfits based on what users like and dislike, is nominated for the accelerator graduate award alongside five other startups. With nominees chosen mostly by the public, […]

More workshops in professional soft skills offered to graduate students

More workshops in professional soft skills offered to graduate students

The Yeates School of Graduate Studies has expanded and re-launched its professional skills program that includes a new partnership with an online trainer. Future Smart: Essential Professional Skills for Graduate Students program is focused on helping graduate students develop professional skills that will assist in their post-university transition, career search and in their future career. Students can take the program […]

An illustration of how the #Paid process works.

DMZ startup wants to get #Paid for making deals between celebrities and companies they endorse socially

A recent addition to Ryerson’s DMZ aims to broker deals between companies and the celebrities that might endorse their products on social media. Its name hits the nail on the head: #Paid. Co-founder Bryan Gold says #Paid allows the brand and celebrity to communicate in a chat room about product posts online through mediums such as Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube — all with the […]

TEDxRyersonU event proves that “echoes” theme resonates with students

TEDxRyersonU event proves that “echoes” theme resonates with students

Kevin Shaw, an RTA School of media alumni, lost his vision at 19 during his first-year of university. Today, he is an innovator in the world of entertainment production and is the founder of Zagga Entertainment, an on-demand site to stream described videos (DV) for the visually impaired. “People aren’t disabled, it’s the environment that’s disabling them,” said Shaw at […]