Deep Tech & AI: An Alumni Innovators Showcase

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Connect with deep tech and AI thought leaders, startups and alumni innovators in New York City.

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Sanja Fidler, an assistant professor of computer science at U of T Mississauga, discusses her computer vision research at Elevate Toronto's AI event in 2017 (photo by Chris Sorensen)

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Join U of T alumni and friends in New York City on June 10 for an event showcasing the U of T thought leaders and entrepreneurs driving innovation in deep tech and AI

Get early access to cutting-edge research and catch pitches by top U of T startups leveraging the latest in deep tech and AI. Networking mixer to follow.

Space is limited. Register now to secure your spot!

Registration opens at 6:00 PM. Program begins at 6:15 PM. Light refreshments available upon arrival.

Event Highlights

Fireside chat with NVIDIA’s Sanja Fidler and investor Eva Lau

Step into the world of AI advancements at an exclusive discussion with U of T professor and NVIDIA VP, Sanja Fidler, alongside U of T's own alumna-entrepreneur-turned-venture-capitalist, Eva Lau (BASc 1992), Co-Founder and General Partner of Two Small Fish Ventures.

Together, they'll delve into the latest in AI research at NVIDIA and beyond, explore breakthroughs and emerging trends in AI, and offer key insights for entrepreneurs and investors who are ready to harness the vast opportunities presented by AI within the innovation ecosystem. 

Sanja Fidler and Eva Lau

Sanja Fidler 

VP AI Research, NVIDIA and Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Professor Sanja FidlerSanja Fidler is Vice-President of AI research at NVIDIA, leading the company’s research lab in Toronto. She is also an associate professor at the University of Toronto and an affiliate faculty member at the Vector Institute, which she co-founded. Co-author of more than 130 scientific papers in computer vision, machine learning and natural language processing, Fidler has received U of T's Innovation Award and the Connaught New Researcher Award, among other accolades.

She completed her PhD in computer science at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and a postdoctoral fellowship at U of T.

Eva Lau

Co-Founder and General Partner, Two Small Fish Ventures

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Eva Lau is a respected entrepreneur-turned-investor and one of the few women leading a venture fund in Canada. At Two Small Fish Ventures, the early-stage VC firm she co-founded, Eva backs founders building category-defining technology that represents the next frontier of computing. Her latest US$30 million fund focuses on Generative AI, semiconductors, and protocols. 

Before launching TSFV, Eva was a founding team member of Wattpad, one of Canada’s most successful technology companies that used AI to disrupt the global entertainment industry.  As head of the community and content, she helped the company scale from hundreds to tens of millions of users. Prior to Wattpad, she was director of product development of Brightspark Labs, a Toronto-based accelerator, where she mentored numerous local startups. 

Eva has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.

U of T Startup Showcase 

Jon French, Director, U of T Entrepreneurship, leads with an overview of the U of T innovation ecosystem. Followed by pitches from four scaling U of T ventures that are harnessing the power of deep tech and AI to create innovative solutions. Founders of all companies will be available during the networking mixer.

grid photo collage of U of T startup founders: Clockwise from top left: Derek Sham (MBA 2018), Founder & CEO of Cosm Medical; Helen Kontozopoulos, Co-Founder & Chief Tech Evangelist of ODAIA; Kirk Rodrigues (BASC 2015, MASC 2018), Co-Founder of YScope; Philip Poulidis, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of ODAIA; University of Toronto logo; David Lion (BASC 2015, MASC 2018), Co-Founder of YScope.
Clockwise from top left: Professor Glenn Gulak, CEO of Lorica Cybersecurity; Athiya Rastogi (BSc '20 UTSC), Co-Founder of SnapWrite AI; Benjamin Alsbury-Nealy (BSc '15 WDW, MA '18, PhD Candidate), CEO of SilicoLabs; Zain Zaidi, Founder & CEO of TransCrypts; Alhassan Khedr​​​​​​, Co-Founder and CTO of Lorica Cybersecurity; Aryaman Rastogi, Co-Founder of SnapWrite AI; Kyla Alsbury-Nealy (PhD Candidate), COO of SilicoLabs; Ali Zaheer (BA '21 UTSC), CTO of TransCrypts. 

Lorica Cybersecurity LogoLorica Cybersecurity is a B2B software company that creates advanced cybersecurity solutions to protect data privacy. Lorica's software uses privacy enhancing technologies (PETs) to empower enterprises to incorporate privacy features into their AI and data services, enhancing security and trust. 


SilicoLabs LogoSilicoLabsno-code behavioural analytics platform allows anyone to quickly and easily create real-world simulations for individuals and AI. Using technologies like virtual and augmented reality, huge amounts of human behavioural data can be leveraged to develop human-like, embodied AI. 


SnapWrite AI LogoSnapWrite AI helps brands leverage the power of resellers to extend the life of their pre-loved goods. Brands and resellers instantly create product detail pages from images where SnapWrite AI detects and describes an item: usually gleaning 15 to 17 features from a single image. 


traTransCrypts is a blockchain-based document verification platform that transforms the way organizations handle official data, giving individuals control over their personal data.


Networking Mixer

Stay for a reception with fellow alumni, entrepreneurs, startups, business leaders, investors and community partners. Food and drinks will be provided!

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