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MaRS Discovery District

Toronto

Economic Development

Based in Toronto’s Discovery District, MaRS is the world’s largest urban innovation hub.


Focusing on four key sectors – health, energy & environment, finance & commerce and work & learning – MaRS supports more than 1,000 ventures that are striving to make the world a better place. MaRS provides these ventures with expert advice, and connects them to capital, talent and new markets to accelerate their growth and scale up their impact. 
 

MaRS is also home to cutting-edge research institutes advancing knowledge in areas like healthcare and artificial intelligence, as well as the Canadian offices for several globally leading tech companies like Facebook, PayPal, Autodesk and Airbnb. 
 

Our Impact

MaRS supports scaling ventures that create jobs, increase prosperity and help tackle important societal issues like climate change or rising healthcare costs. 

MaRS has also been instrumental in growing Canada’s market for socially conscious investments through its Centre for Impact Investing and SVX online investing platform. 

On the capital side, MaRS manages a fund (MaRS Catalyst Fund) that invests in companies creating positive social or environmental change, and also manages the StandUp Ventures fund, which invests in women-led tech startups.

Results

The ventures MaRS supports employ over 6,000 people, and have raised more than $3.5 billion in capital and generated more than $1.8 billion in revenues. More than 50,000 people have been trained through MaRS’ entrepreneurship education programs and its online entrepreneurship resources have received more than four million visitors to date.

In 2016, MaRS partnered with Heart & Stroke Foundation to launch Canada’s first social impact bond in preventative healthcare – creating a new way of funding promising charitable initiatives. MaRS has also expanded its SVX platform to all Canadians, growing the opportunity for people who want to match their investments with their values.      

Ways to give back at work

MaRS’ social committee organizes regular charity fundraisers and food drives.

MaRS also participates in community events such as Toronto’s annual Doors Open.   

What it's like to work here

The MaRS Centre is a vibrant, architecturally inspiring innovation hub. It draws 6,000 researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to work each day at a diverse, curated tenant mix of startups, scaleups and multinational high-tech companies in the building. 

MaRS itself is a lean organization with a flat management structure. Dedicated to supporting startups, the culture is entrepreneurial and employees are encouraged to find unique solutions to problems. Teams tend to be small and responsible for the full lifecycle of a project, from ideation and design to development and rollout. 

MaRS employees enjoy extras, such as:

i. Access to a wide range of tech industry events that take place in the MaRS Centre, such as the MaRS Mornings entrepreneur talks. 

ii. An active social committee that organizes regular events, “serendipity coffees” to meet members of other teams, a summer games tournament, team-building outings and summer golf day.

iii. MaRS softball team, free weekly yoga in the atrium, and discounted gym memberships

iv. Indoor bike parking and showers 

Career Growth Opportunities

Career growth at MaRS is fostered by the breadth of experiences and educational opportunities available to employees, as well as exposure to startups, entrepreneurs and diverse networks. Personal development opportunities set the foundation for a successful career within and beyond the organization.

For employees at an earlier stage in their career, the innovation ecosystem and entrepreneurial environment offer opportunities to develop expertise in some of the most important sectors of the economy.

What We Look For When Hiring

MaRS seeks candidates who have an entrepreneurial spirit, who are collaborative and team-oriented and share a passion for innovation and MaRS’ mission. 

Candidates should be motivated by the prospect of continuous learning, improving their skills and being given the responsibility to manage projects and find novel solutions to problems.  

MaRS looks for people whose unique personal experiences and background can add to its culture of innovation. 

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