University of Toronto Libraries supports campus entrepreneurs enrolled in courses and programs, commercializing research, and launching startups on their own or via a campus accelerator.
Research tools and support
Entrepreneurship research guide
Whether you're new to commercialization or an experienced entrepreneur, this guide is a quick and easy way to access the most useful resources the library has to offer, including market research, journals, books, toolkits, and information on financing and business plans.
An A-to-Z list of databases useful for entrepreneurship research by students, faculty and staff.
Introduction to patents and patent searching
This guide is designed to introduce you to patent searching. Basic patent information, as well as useful resources, are included to help get you started.
Standards and Codes research guide
Define, search, locate, and cite standards and codes across a broad range of engineering disciplines and manufacturing sectors and industries.
Request research help
Librarians are available to support your research via email or in-person consultation or referral.
Workshops and instruction
The library offers a number of workshops related to entrepreneurship research.
Entrepreneurship research workshops
Open workshops offered through the library. Topics range from an campus orientation to market research to business tax literacy. Some of these are eligible for recognition on the Entrepreneurship Research Skills co-curricular record for undergraduate and graduate students.
Research commercialization for graduate students
Includes an introduction to invention disclosures and research commercialization processes at U of T, as well as an orientation to campus resources and business research. Part of the Graduate Professional Skills workshop series offered by the School of Graduate Studies.
Plus: Faculty and instructors can request instructional support on library market research resources by contacting Entrepreneurship Librarian Carey Toane.
The Milt Harris Library (formerly the Business Information Centre) at the Rotman School of Management offers support for business research including entrepreneurship.
The Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) helps build successful partnerships between industry, business, government, and the University of Toronto research community and manages U of T’s portfolio of intellectual property. See their Startup Guidebook.
Toronto Public Library provides access to business databases and online research tools for residents of Toronto.
University of Toronto students, faculty, staff and affiliated researchers can access library resources on- and off-campus with their UTORid.
Some affiliated researchers and contractors may be eligible for a Guest UTORid.
For more information or questions about how the library can support your venture, please contact Entrepreneurship Librarian Carey Toane.
- Sign up for the UTL Entrepreneurship newsletter
- Download a printable PDF flyer summarizing entrepreneurship support for students