Welcome to the Imagination Catalyst

The Imagination Catalyst is OCAD U's entrepreneurship and commercialization hub.

Our mission is to help OCAD U entrepreneurs launch new enterprises or commercialize their designs, products and services, as well as play a strong supporting role in the creation of a deep, collaboratively oriented entrepreneurship culture across campus.

Our vision is to play a leadership role in the effort to unite, mobilize and focus the power of the cultural industries, creativity, scholarship and smart entrepreneurship in solving the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. In so doing, we hope to unleash new basis for economic growth and development.

What we do

Our doors are open support the OCAD U and local communities with questions about starting a business or venture. If you're considering starting a creative cultural sector or social venture enterprise of any size or type, consider making us your first stop.

We also currently offer the following:

  1. A one year, experiential entrepreneurship program and incubator called Take It to Market;
  2. Seminars, lectures and entrepreneurship-oriented events that are open to the OCAD U and local communities; and
  3. Guest-lecture support to any OCAD U faculty members looking to include entrepreneurship or commercialization in their course offerings.

What is the Take-It-to-Market incubator?

The Take-It-to-Market incubator is our marquee offering.

It is an intensive program designed to help those ready to launch their enterprise or commercialize their research within the year. Participants compete to be accepted into the program. If accepted, they commit to working on their venture intensively for up to one year. Participants are provided with work space plus relevant business education, skills training, one-on-one personal and business development coaching and, most importantly, access to an experienced, accredited pool of investors and advisers, who can provide further support, guidance and access to venture funding. We offer access to legal formation and IP/patent process assistance, plus extended student benefits during the Imagination Catalyst year.

Imagination Catalyst participants have access to shared meeting spaces, event/presentation venues, and maker facilities: a supervised fabrication and a self-managed rapid prototyping lab at (205 Richmond Street West). Special access may be granted to other OCAD U fabrication facilities at the discretion of the Director, Studio Management.

Participants are supported by our experienced Entrepreneur-in-Residence and expert mentor team.

Learn more about the Take-It-to-Market program.

Contact Information

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Heather Tay at htay@ocadu.ca or Petra Kassun-Mutch, Executive Director, Imagination Catalyst at pkassunmutch@ocadu.ca. Consider joining our LinkedIn group to stay up to date on Imagination Catalyst news and happenings, and/or follow us on Twitter @imaginationcat.

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