Celebrating Penta Medical's Alexa Roeper on UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Women entrepreneurs Rachel Friesen, Alexa Roeper and Laura Smith

Biology student Alexa Roeper (centre) with other Waterloo female entrepreneurs Rachel Friesen (left) and Laura Smith.

Alexa Roeper is a biomedical sciences student, and co-founder of Penta Medical, which is developing a medical fabric to promote faster and less painful healing. 

Roeper got to where she is today through hard work, but also credits the startup community as a source of support.

You want your mentor to be someone who is six months ahead of you to help you with the tiny, but critical, things,” says Roeper. She notes that the community is “a great resource because everyone is willing to help one another and it doesn’t feel like a competitive environment at all.”

The Velocity Science company has built a strong team, which Roeper believes is a testament to the University of Waterloo’s co-op program and applied academic programs.

New programs like materials and nanoscience and biomedical engineering fill the knowledge gaps that are coming up as new technology is being developed,” said Roeper.

Penta Medical is one of the five Velocity Science finalists in this term’s Velocity Fund Finals on November 26. Register here to watch.

Find out more about entrepreneurship opportunities at the University of Waterloo.

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