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Graduate students

Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET)

The MBET degree has been designed to combine academic learning with real-world experience to offer a dynamic and unique entrepreneurial business education.

MBET alumnus Ali Esmail

Ali Esmail, MD is an MBET alumnus and head and neck surgery resident. Ali's company, Koronis, which he built in the MBET program, offers a collaboration platform for hospitals that improves care and workflows while decreasing medical errors.

Graduate Diploma in Business and Entrepreneurship (GDip)

The Graduate Diploma in Business and Entrepreneurship empowers Master of Engineering students to commercialize their technical innovations by adding an entrepreneurial component to their degree.

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The Waterloo advantage

As a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, you'll be part of a community of outstanding faculty and students who shine brightly on the international stage.

The Waterloo Engineering faculty encourages creativity and innovation. You'll be able to commercialize your ideas or partner with an existing industry to change the way people live and work.

We believe that an entrepreneurial spirit fosters innovation. Our policy on intellectual property (IP) gives both faculty and students ownership over their ideas and technology. This unique IP policy puts you in control to pursue commercialization activities or start a company.

World class startup ecosystem

The University of Waterloo is at the centre of Waterloo's world-class tech ecosystem. With over 1,000 tech-based startups in the city, Waterloo has attracted international attention for its talent for helping entrepreneurs turn a great idea into a great business.

Studying at the Conrad Centre puts you in the centre of this ecosystem, giving you access to everything from awards to networking and mentorship. In this environment which fosters innovation and creativity on top of academic excellence, graduate students at the Conrad Centre consistently stand out among their peers!

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It is incredibly exciting. I’m 28, still in my prime and fresh out of [the MBET program]. This is my career and what I get to do for the rest of my life. It is exactly what I want to be doing and I couldn’t be happier.”

- MBET graduate Jonathan Rivard in a featured article in the Globe and Mail about his startup, 4 months after completing the MBET program.