Enterprise Co-op

Are you an entrepreneur in the making? Waterloo’s Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) program allows students to pursue an entrepreneurial co-op option where students start their own business while earning a co-op credit.

E Co-op is open to students from all faculties with any type of business concept including, but not limited to, no-tech, low-tech, high-tech, service, consulting and more.

How does it work?

As an undergraduate E Co-op student, you’ll enter the program during a work term with a business idea and the drive to turn it into a business. Over your term, you’ll receive ongoing mentoring and feedback on your business development. You’ll be part of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports and propels students to succeed.

You will have access to:

  • a wide network of mentors, entrepreneurs, and professionals
  • workspace in the Communitech Hub in Downtown Kitchener
  • the opportunity to apply for the Norman Esch Enterprise Co-op Awards
  • practical workshops and seminars to help you build your business
  • access to conference passes, distinguished guest speakers, and presentation

After graduation, E Co-op students can continue with their venture, begin a new one, or use their E Co-op know-how to obtain employment. E Co-op is a great experience that builds business knowledge, capabilities, and independence that employers will value.

If you have an idea you want to take to market and have the passion to build your venture, Enterprise Co-op may be for you. We are looking for students with a well-formulated idea, a strong understanding of the target market, and the entrepreneurial drive to excel as an entrepreneur.

More information about this program available on the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business website.