About Math Innovation

Math Innovation (MI) is dedicated to building research partnerships between the Faculty of Mathematics and Industry and the not-for-profit sectors. MI represents over 260 lead researchers in six Departments/Schools, who champion research in everything from quantum computers and cybersecurity and privacy to environmental carbon modeling and personalizing cancer treatments. Beginning in 2020, MI is focused on three main pillars to bridge the gap between research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


MI is here to encourage and support the development of research-led startups, co-founded startups (between researcher & student), and student (graduate and undergraduate) entrepreneurship. Each semester, MI runs a Computer Science e-Capstone course, which is an opportunity for upper-year undergraduates and graduate students in Computer Science to take the initiative and develop critical entrepreneurial skills by solving a real-world problem they are passionate about. Support is available, through MI to obtain the necessary funds required for faculty and students to take their idea to the next step!

External Partnership

MI provides a link between Industry, not-for-profits, and the Faculty of Mathematics researchers, and is available to support both internal researchers and external partners who are interested in future collaborations. MI is available to create that initial connection, support project development and develop funding proposals to assist external partnership creation and success. Once a relationship is developed MI can help develop the funding proposals to so that you can start your exciting new endeavours!

External partners have the opportunity to work with researchers in cutting edge research areas:

  • Algorithms
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Climate
  • Connectivity and Telecommunications
  • Cosmology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Health
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Nanotechnology
  • Privacy
  • Programming Languages
  • Quantum Science
  • Robotics
  • Scientific Computing
  • Software
  • Theoretical Mathematics
  • Water


MI recognizes and celebrates the entrepreneurial success of our faculty and students. Researchers' latest research and collaborations can be found in our News Feed. MI promotes our researcher’s involvement in the various Centres and Institutes the Faculty of Mathematics and the University of Waterloo have to offer. Come see what events and launches are next!