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2023 Blue Ticket Competition at SpinUp

UTM is delighted to welcome international biopharmaceutical leader Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, as the inaugural industry supporter of the Blue Ticket program at SpinUp. Merck’s support offers mentorship and financial support for one early-stage life science venture at SpinUp,  jumpstarting the Blue Ticket program toward its ambitious vision: to power the next generation of global health innovators and innovation from Mississauga.

The Award

The Blue Ticket, including the first-ever, generously supported by Merck, will provide one
early-stage life science startup with:

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Candidate startups must meet SpinUp eligibility criteria, outlined within the SpinUp application form.

We’re thrilled to support the launch of U of T Mississauga’s Blue Ticket program as the inaugural industry supporter. We’re eager to work with innovators who share the same commitment to cutting-edge science, regardless of therapeutic area or modality, and are looking to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives.

Marwan Akar, president and managing director, Merck Canada.

Of note, Merck’s five core R&D areas of focus are:

How to Apply

Startups applying for SpinUp membership can opt-in to be considered for the 2023 Blue Ticket competition. There is no separate application process. To apply for SpinUp membership, and to opt-in to be considered for the Blue Ticket, please fill out the SpinUp application form by October 31st 2023. The Blue Ticket winning startup will be notified by January 2024.  


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