Through the Commercialization stream, a number of start-up companies have been created or have acquired intellectual property developed at York University.
Slyce Inc. Innovation York, in collaboration with MaRS Innovation led a deal to strengthen Slyce’s mobile image recognition application for retail e-commerce. Slyce acquired a computer vision technology developed at York University in the laboratory of Dr. John Tsotsos that quickly analyzes and aggregates similar images. Through the acquisition, Slyce also hired former York PhD student, Dr. Ehsan Fazl-Ersi to lead the integration of the intellectual property into Slyce’s Visual Search Platform as their new head of Research & Development.
ClevrU Corporation. Thanks to the leadership and support offered by Innovation York and MaRS Innovation, in April 2013 Waterloo-based tech company ClevrU, acquired an intellectual property portfolio comprised of an educational pedagogy and related management content developed by Schulich School of Business Professors Gareth Morgan and Jean Adams, to establish the second-generation online learning standard for millions of students worldwide.
Kaypok Inc. Through a partnership between Innovation York and MaRS Innovation, Kaypok was incorporated in September 2012. Kaypok provides the next generation of unstructured text analytics solutions for enterprises. The technology, developed by Razieh Niazi, analyzes data regardless of source, including public social media, proprietary internal data, customer surveys, email, blogs etc. The company has successfully obtained seed investment from MaRS Innovation and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.