MaRS connects the communities of science, business and capital and fosters collaboration among them.
This happens physically through location of research labs, companies of all sizes, business advisors, investors and professional services within the MaRS Centre and more broadly through hands-on advisory services, entrepreneurial programming, our structured networks and expanding electronic community.
Located in Toronto’s Discovery District — two square kilometres that have been designated as the city’s centre of innovation – the MaRS Centre is the gateway to Canada’s largest concentration of scientific research, anchored by major teaching hospitals, the University of Toronto and more than two dozen affiliated research institutes. The Centre is also close to the Bay Street financial district, provincial legislature, key government organizations, arts and cultural attractions.
MaRS is not an acronym. It was originally a file name and the words "Medical and Related Sciences" were later attributed to it. Since we promote the convergence of a full range of science and technology disciplines, we’ve dropped ”Medical and Related Sciences” from our name and we’re back to just “MaRS”.