Entrepreneurship support

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.

For more information or questions about anything on this page, please contact Entrepreneurship Librarian Christina Kim or sign up for the Entrepreneurship newsletter.

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.

Entrepreneurship databases
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. 

Campus resources, space and equipment

Campus startups 101
New to U of T? Thinking about launching a startup? Wondering what an accelerator is, or where you can find a 3D printer? Start with this guide.

Launchpad: Campus resources for U of T startups
An orientation session offered each semester covering everything from accelerators to workshops to help you get your venture off the ground at U of T.


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 introduction to business research to market sizing, primary research strategies and tools, datasets for entrepreneurs, and finding a startup job. Eligible for recognition on your Co-curricular record.

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.

3D printing safety training
Complete this safety training workshop in order to gain access to the 3D printers housed at the MADLab at Gerstein Science Information Centre.

Plus: Faculty and instructors can request instructional support on library market research resources by contacting Entrepreneurship Librarian Christina Kim

Find out more about how librarians support teaching.


Community links

The University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Office manages an events calendar or subscribe to their newsletter.

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.

As the regional innovation centre for Toronto, MaRS Market Intelligence supports U of T startups with a variety of programs and services including the Startup Library and regular events.

Toronto Public Library provides access to business databases and online research tools for residents of Toronto. 

Library access

University of Toronto students, faculty, staff and affiliated researchers can access library resources on- and off-campus with their UTORid

Find out about access for alumni, external researchers, and members of the public.

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 Christina Kim (csy.kim@utoronto.ca)