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About The Creative Innovation Studio

Our Vision and Mission:

Devoted to innovation in storytelling, music, fashion, design, and maker culture, The Creative Innovation Studio at Ryerson's Faculty of Communication & Design (FCAD) provides support to forward-looking creators and entrepreneurs, including resources, programming and guidance within a supportive community environment.

We help emerging and established creative innovators to connect with each other, leverage new technologies, work across creative practices, develop new ways of engaging with audiences and customers, and advance the cultural sector.

Core to our mission is the belief that innovation is about seeing things in a new way: through a lens that is empathic, creative and inclusive. Within this definition, sometimes innovation requires the development or use of new technologies, while other times it is all about human connection and ingenuity.

We believe that creativity and entrepreneurship are for everyone:

  • Listed by The World Economic Forum as one of the most essential 21st Century Skills, along with critical thinking, emotional intelligence and people skills, we believe that creativity is what will set you apart. Why? As the world becomes increasingly complex and industries become increasingly automated, creativity is necessary to solve problems and identify new solutions - in the creative sectors and beyond.
  • We help nurture an entrepreneurial mindset, to help individuals embrace change and create new opportunities for themselves and for others by identifying problems that need to be solved… and then setting out to solve them in creative new ways.
  • Based in Toronto, we are proud to be Making the Future within The Creative Innovation Studio.

Our Successes

$64.5 million in revenues

2000+ members to date

$2.1 million in equity financing

77 industry advisors

382 startups incubated

17 grants and awards

Press and Prestige

Our members have gone from pen to paper, and from paper to the real world. Whether it's working with Universal Music Group, Next AI Canada, or the Collision Conference, our startups are taking creative industries to the next level.