MaRS connects the communities of science, business and capital and fosters collaboration among them.

This happens physically through location of research labs, companies of all sizes, business advisors, investors and professional services within the MaRS Centre and more broadly through hands-on advisory services, entrepreneurial programming, our structured networks and expanding electronic community.

Located in Toronto’s Discovery District -- two square kilometres that have been designated as the city’s centre of innovation – the MaRS Centre is the gateway to Canada’s largest concentration of scientific research, anchored by major teaching hospitals, the University of Toronto and more than two dozen affiliated research institutes. The Centre is also close to the Bay Street financial district, provincial legislature, key government organizations, arts and cultural attractions.

Phase I of the MaRS Centre opened in September 2005. Construction of Phase II – up to 750,000 square feet began in late 2007 and is expected to be complete in 2010.


Events Hosted by MaRS

Toronto Hardware Hackathon
Calling all makers, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, creators, innovators and developers! Calling all makers! Join us and over 100 designers, developers, tinkerers, and innovators on Friday... more
Hacking Health Design Challenge
Proud to announce our flagship Hacking Health event taking place this March 30th - June 2nd Hacking Health is partnering with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), Canada’s Health Informatics... more

News on MaRS

MaRS Launches Canada's First Financial Technology Cluster; Applications Being Accepted
MaRS this evening announced a series of strategic partnerships to power financial technology innovation and entrepreneurship. The announcement included mentioning that a new "fintech cluster"... more
How to Manage Your Startup's Intellectual Property
Salim Dharssi, Ashlee Froese and Matthew Powell of Gilbert's LLP explain the different types of IP management and the importance of putting it in place for your startup. There isn’t one... more
Earth to Ontario: Life on MaRS is Not Sustainable
    Earth to Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals: it’s time to get off MaRS and come back home. Over 14 years of costly exploration into this mysterious entity, the province has... more
Sir Richard Branson Announces Partnership with MaRS
MaRS and Virgin Unite Canada, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, announced today that they have joined forces to support Canadian entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental... more
A Look at Toronto's Entrepreneurs: Diversity, Experience, and Sectors
Each year, MaRS conducts a survey of our “ventures,” the startups we support with venture services. As part of Data Catalyst’s work trying to discover trends and patterns in... more
Canada's First Crowdfunding Summit Coming Next Year
Canada’s first ever crowdfunding summit will be held in Toronto on March 3, 2015, providing a space where interested parties can gather to highlight best practices, insights and trends in the... more
How to Fund and Grow Your Canadian Startup
We wanted to uncover common elements in the fundraising strategies of “successful” Canadian high-tech startups that may have contributed to their success. For example, were all these... more
NXNE Interactive Partners with MaRS Discovery District, Pitchfork
NXNE Interactive, which spotlights vanguards in technology, music, film, and trendsetting, has partnered with MaRS Discovery District, which is dedicated to driving economic and societal prosperity... more
MaRS HealthKick 2015 Now Open to Health Ventures Across Canada
MaRS HealthKick 2015, Canada's largest health venture showcase, is expanding its business pitch competition beyond Ontario to include health startups from across the country. Building on the... more
Upcoming Canadian Tech Events You Should Check Out
    Looking for something tech-related to do in the next few weeks? We’ve chosen a few of our favourite upcoming tech events happening across Canada. Social Media Metrics... more
MaRS on Shaky Ground as Toronto Star Deepens Probe into Egregious Claims
MaRS Discovery District has once again come under fire for making bold claims it can't seem to back up. The Toronto-based, publicly funded organization says it has generated $3 billion in... more
Canada Has a Disease Called Risk-Aversion and It’s Going to Take a Cultural Shift to Propel Us Forward
It isn't news that Canada's culture is inherently risk-averse. This made our banking sector the envy of the world during the recent recession, but in the startup game, it's a hindrance. When... more
How to Fund and Grow Your Startup: A Practical Guide for Canadian Entrepreneurs
We wanted to uncover common elements in the fundraising strategies of “successful” Canadian high-tech startups that may have contributed to their success. For example, were all these... more
We Are Wearables Hosts Investor, Researcher, and Doctor for 'Health as an Application' Panel
We Are Wearables cofounders Tom Emich and Sean Mayers hosted a full house for Wearable Wednesdays Toronto at the MaRS Discovery District this week, leading a panel discussion focusing on health as... more
MaRS 'Social Venture' Investment Portal Off to Slow but Solid Start
Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District has provided an update on its equity crowdfunding platform, the Social Venture Connexion. The 12 startups issuing securities through the platform, also... more
JOLT Opens Recruitment Next Cohort, Adds New Partners
JOLT announced this week that it’s accepting applications for its summer 2014 cohort. The Toronto-based accelerator says it is looking for startups "that are tackling the Internet of... more
Slyce Acquires Computer Vision Technology from York University
Slyce this week announced that it acquired computer vision technology developed at York University. The technology analyzes and aggregates similar images. Through the acquisition, Slyce... more
MaRS Event Heralds the Advent of Connected Cars, Eventually
The MaRS Discovery District is a technology focused not-for-profit housed in the grand old Heritage Building at the corner of College and University in Toronto. The new architectural adjunct to... more
Toronto's Guardly Raises $1.45 Million Seed Round to Expand Real-time Employee Safety Solutions
Guardly, a provider of enterprise mobile safety solutions, announced this morning that it has raised a seed round. The $1.45 million round, led by San Francisco's Freestyle Capital with... more
MaRS Program Helps Startups Hire Experienced Executives
Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District is hoping to help up to 30 startups expand their business by bringing-in an outside executive. The innovation centre’s Embedded Executive Program,... more
Studio Y Unveils Initial Cohort of 26 Entrepreneurs at MaRS
This morning at MaRS, Ontario's Youth Social Impact and Leadership Academy "Studio Y" announced its first batch of young entrepreneurs. The hatchlings, who are from ages 18 to 29, will be put... more
Pearson Partners with MaRS as Publishing Giant Looks to Stave off Disruption
Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District has formed a new partnership with publishing giant Pearson, the company announced on Monday. The deal will see the Pearson work directly with education... more
Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women
Today the Women's Executive Network named Canada's 100 most powerful women and several in the technology space were recognized. Among them is Shahrzad Rafati, who is no stranger to winning... more
MaRS Reveals the Four Apps Participating in Ontario's 'Green Button' Pilot Program
Ontarians will get access to new apps to help manage their energy consumption data via a pilot program powered by Toronto's MaRS Discovery District, Hydro One, London Hydro, and Ontario's Ministry... more
Startup Hubs Across Canada Partner with Microsoft Ventures to Support Local Ecosystems
Working to help foster Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship, Microsoft Canada has announced new relationships with three of our nations's startup hubs. Launch Academy in Vancouver, Notman... more
Canadian Accelerator JOLT Unveils Third Cohort of Startups
Jolt, one of Canada's largest accelerators, today unveiled the five startups that comprise its third cohort. The startups that make up the MaRS DD accelerator are Turnstyle Solutions, xTouch,... more
One Day Left to Enter CIX Top 20 and Be Recognized as Canada's Hottest Innovator
Tomorrow is the last day you can enter to be recognized as one of Canada's hottest innovators. The Canadian Innovation Exchange recognizes Canada's 20 hottest companies raising the bar in... more
MaRS Discovery District Officially Launches Impact Investing Platform, Social Venture Connexion
Toronto's MaRS Discovery District officially launched its new impact investing platform, Social Venture Connexion, this morning at the Toronto Stock Exchange. According to MaRS, SVX is the first... more
RBC Invests $500K in MaRS Cleantech Fund
Yesterday MaRS Discovery District announced that the RBC Generator has invested $500,000 in the MaRS Cleantech Fund, the first deal for the investing arm of RBC's Social Finance initiative.... more
Why Aron Solomon is Not an Asshole
Over coffee at the MaRS Discovery District Aron Solomon told me that we can come to know people (to a certain degree) through online mediums like Twitter. I disagreed. The person sitting across... more
Seven Interesting Statistics About Accelerator Programs in Canada
Recent research by MaRS Data Catalyst on Canadian accelerators revealed some cool statistics surrounding the budding ecosystem of startup-fostering programs. We share some of our favourites below:... more
MasterCard Partners with MaRS Discovery District to Host Developer Challenge
MasterCard and the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto are teaming up on September 28 and 29 to host the first MasterCard N>XT challenge. The two-day event will put teams of developers together... more
Borderless Investments: How US Investment Impacts Canada's Economy
This article is the last in a series that highlights how to properly go about funding and growing your startup. If Canadian companies are being encouraged to look outside the country for... more
A Closer Look at Canada's Seven True Startup Accelerators
Over the past three years, dozens of accelerators and accelerator-like programs have emerged in Canada. However, there is debate about their value—do accelerators hurt startups, and can the... more
Jolt Demo Fest Showcases Six Startups: Hypejar, Stylekick, Flee, PUSH, Singspie, and FlyerFlo
The Winter 2013 cohort—Hypejar, Stylekick, Flee, PUSH, Singspiel and FlyerFlo—graduated from JOLT Accelerator on Tuesday, June 4. Hosted by Steam Whistle Brewing, Demo Fest had... more
Canadian Startup Push Ditches Arbitary Fitness Metrics to Focus on Exertion
Ever question the effectiveness of your weight training regime?   Meet PUSH, a startup in the sports technology realm that’s building a smart device to keep you on track. Created by... more
Borderless Investments: The Three Biggest Challenges Facing Canadian Investors Today
This article is the 4th in a series that highlights how to properly go about funding and growing your startup. Along with the strategic value that US venture capitalists add to a company,... more
Toronto's Revelo Bikes Unveils Electric Commuter Bicycle, the LIFEbike
This week is Bike to Work Week. It's also the launch of a prototype electric bicycle. Revelo Bikes founder Henry Chong, leaning on the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto for support and using... more
Borderless Investments: The Top US Venture Capitalists Investing in Canadian Startups
This article is the 3rd in a series that highlights how to properly go about funding and growing your startup. In evaluating US VCs, it’s important to identify whether they hold any... more
Canadian Startup FlyerFlo is a Deal Hunter's Paperless Best Friend
Meet FlyerFlo, the paperless friend to deal hunters everywhere. Created by three Systems Engineers from the University of Waterloo (Clayton Tso, Joannes Chan and Mark Hopson), FlyerFlo is also one... more
Borderless Investments: The Path to Acquisition
This article is the 2nd in a series that highlights how to properly go about funding and growing your startup. While we know US corporates are driving the majority of Canadian company exits,... more
Borderless Investments: Canadian vs. US Startups
This article is the first in a series that highlights how to properly go about funding and growing your startup. To start, it’s helpful to understand how we pulled together the research... more
MaRS Education Innovation Team Wants Canada to be a Global Leader
Before the Heritage Building of the MaRS Discovery District was a modern innovation hub, it was supposed to get knocked down by a wrecking crew. The old Toronto General Hospital section called... more
Waterloo's ClevrU Acquires Toronto's NewMindsets to Advance Online Education Market
Waterloo's ClevrU Corporation today announced that it has acquired Toronto's NewMindsets Inc., a company founded by two Schulich School of Business professors that has provided educational content... more
Canadian Startup Flee is an App That Aims to Reinvigorate the Travel Booking Experience
Flee is the brainchild of co-founders Byron Hawes and Zeïna Belouizdad, two wanderlusting globetrotters looking to reinvigorate the travel booking experience. As one of the lucky startups... more
JOLT Accelerator Announces Six New Canadian Startups for Winter 2013 Cohort
Toronto-based startup accelerator JOLT, which was launched by MaRS Discovery District last summer, today announced the addition of six new companies to its portfolio. The six startups will... more
Five Canadian Startups Get Seed Money from Investment Accelerator Fund
Five Ontario startups have received funding from the Investment Accelerator Fund, MaRS announced today. The IAF has invested nearly $29 million in more than 60 companies since inception. Between... more
JOLT Announces Six Startups for Summer 2012 Cohort
First announced in June, Canadian startup accelerator JOLT has revealed its inaugural cohort. A product of MaRS in Toronto, JOLT focuses on web and mobile companies that "promise to transform the... more
Sweet Tooth Secures $2.25M in Seed Financing
Waterloo's Sweet Tooth Inc. announced today it has secured $2.25 million in funding. $1.5 million will be in the form of seed financing from OMERS Ventures, the Ontario government funded MaRS... more
Canada's Newest Tech Accelerator, JOLT, Joins TechStars Network
Canada's newest technology accelerator, JOLT, announced today that it is now a member of Global Accelerator Network (formerly TechStars network). Based in Toronto, JOLT is dedicated to building... more
MaRS Launches Canada's First Early Stage Cleantech Venture Fund
MaRS Discovery District in Toronto has launched Canada's "first dedicated early-stage cleantech venture fund." Called the MaRS Cleantech Fund LP, it "ushers in a new model in early-stage technology... more
Government of Canada Invests $5 Million in Jobs, Growth and Innovation in Southern Ontario
The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today announced a contribution of up to $5 million for the... more
Evans Family Donates $10 Million to Toronto's MaRS Discovery District
The Evans family, honouring the contributions of Dr. John Evans, a co-founder of MaRS, has donated $10 million to the non-profit Toronto organization. The money will fund the development of the... more
The Toronto Startup Map [Infographic]
Non-profit organization MaRS Discovery District has published an infographic that highlights Toronto's startup-savvy neighbourhoods. Leveraging location data from MaRS Advisory Services,... more
Toronto's SeaWell Networks Raises $5 Million from Northwater and BDC
Toronto-based startup and MaRS client SeaWell Networks, which develops multi-platform video delivery software for network operators, has announced that it's secured $5 million in Series B... more
The Inaugural The Next 36 Program Has Now Driven 19 Total Ventures
Back in mid-July I attended the graduation ceremony for Canada's inaugural The Next 36 program which has founding patrons such as Galen Weston, Jimmy Pattison and Paul Desmarais Sr. which produced... more
This is what MaRS Discovery District will look like in 2013
The University of Toronto's MaRS Discovery District Building will rise 20 stories above University and College in 2013, helping to further build Ontario's innovation and knowledge economy.... more
MaRS' Investment Accelerator Fund commits to five Ontario businesses
MaRS announced support for five Ontario businesses through the Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) today. The IAF provides an equity-type investment to businesses that develop and bring to market... more
One of Canada's Most Powerful Women is All About Helping Entrepreneurs
Ilse Treurnicht has been recognized by the Woman's Executive Network as one of Canada's Most Powerful Woman for 2011, specifically in the Trailblazers and Trendsetters category. This is her... more
Social Media Tips For B2B Technology Marketers
This morning, Environics Communications hosted a panel discussion at MaRS in Toronto entitled “The B2B Social World.” Digital B2B marketing experts from Backup Heros, Wave Accounting,... more
Jet Cooper launches Design in Residence Program for Accelerators
Toronto's Jet Cooper announced this morning the launch of Design in Residence ("DiR"), a program that will provide design resources into technology accelerators across Canada. Design in Residence... more
MaRS opens a new home for Toronto startups
The demand for workspace continues to grow for web and mobile-based startups in Toronto. Likewise, there is an increasing need for access to capital, advisory and networking advice. Yesterday, the... more
How should your company tackle distribution?
How should your startup approach distribution? Which method works best? Should you be using inside sales? Direct sales? E-commerce? A franchise system? Integrators? Finding out which method works... more
Three MaRS CleanTech Companies secure Angel Investments
MaRS announced yesterday that three of their cleantech clients have secured angel funding after participating in the MaRS angel program. GreenMantra Recycling Technologies, Smart Energy... more
Toronto's Skymeter takes the complexity out of charging drivers
Last month Techvibes was invited by the Trade Commissioner Service to attend Venture NORTH 2011 in New York along with an impressive list of Canadian companies in life sciences, ICT and cleantech.... more
Next edition of Mobile Monday at MaRS coming up February 7th
MaRS Discovery District is offering another great free event as part of their Mobile Monday series. This edition of Mobile Monday is called “Meet the Analysts.” It’s an... more
What can market analysis do for your company?
The MaRS Discovery District will be hosting a lecture on market analysis as part of their Entrepreneurship 101 series that will help you learn about the target market you want to reach. Their... more
Don't miss out on the Canadian Innovation Exchange next Tuesday
Don’t forget, next Tuesday, December 7th, will be the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Over 300 innovators in ICT, Cleantech and Digital Media... more
MaRS discovery district issues report calling for more impact investment in Canada
The MaRS Discovery District’s Task Force on Social Finance today released its report providing a national strategy to mobilize private capital for public good in Canada. The report contains... more
Entrepreneurship 101 series rolls through November with three great free events
MaRS Discovery District’s long-running Entrepreneurship 101 series continues through November, and there are three great events coming up this month. These events are all free, and will be... more
Are small businesses hurting innovation in Canada?
Dianne Buckner, host of CBC’s Dragon’s Den, has a problem with people saying that Canada lacks innovators. In an editorial on the, she takes to task two organizations who... more
Deloitte and Ogilvy Renault present the future of clean energy
What will a world free of fossil fuels look like? It’s easy to imagine; electric cars, solar-powered houses, all that futuristic stuff. But here’s a better question: how the heck are we... more
isCleaner Clean Leader Interview Series: Tom Rand
This is a guest post from isCleaner and part of their Clean Leader Interview Series. isCleaner is Your Source for Canadian Clean Energy News & Information.... more
Ontario Centres of Excellence hosts Discovery 2010
On May 17th and 18th Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is hosting Discovery 2010 - Canada’s largest innovation and commercialization event. Buzzing with thought leaders eager to learn... more
What's Going On At MaRS
The following are selected excerpts from the bi-weekly MaRS Centre newsletter dated Nov 3rd '09: Six successes in New York City Last week, MaRS took six Ontario companies on a trip to the 2009... more
MobileMonday in Toronto Blows Open the World of Mobile Video
So the new age of mobile video is here give or take but what are the opportunities and hurdles that content creators and distributors face in getting to the rainbow to the pot of gold (we all hope)... more
MaRS Entrepreneurship 101 Series: Week 3 and 4
Entrepreneurship 101 is a free program offered by the MaRS Centre in Toronto - designed to teach budding entrepreneurs the ins and outs of getting started with a business. Over the course of the... more
MaRS Entrepreneurship 101 Series: Week 1
MaRS Centre in Toronto runs a free entrepreneurship program from Sept to April called "Entrepreneurship 101" designed to teach those in the local scientific community the ins and outs of getting... more
Driving Innovation: The Future of the Car
As part of Deloitte, Ogilvy Renault & MaRS' Cleantech in Canada Breakfast Seminar Series they are presenting Driving Innovation: The Future of the Car on May 25th at MaRS Centre in Toronto.... more
Charles Plant on 'What VCs Want (and why they call it Vulture Capital)'
MaRS Centre in Toronto recently held an interesting lecture as part of its Entrepreneurship 101 series where it invited Charles Plant to speak about venture capital. Here's the description:... more
MaRS project put on hold
The Financial Post reported yesterday that Toronto's MaRS project has been put on hold. The $300-million Medical and Related Sciences complex in Toronto's hospital district had been billed as an... more

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