The Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre is the academic engine for entrepreneurship at the most innovative university in Canada.
Conrad’s outreach initiatives are unique, modular, and experiential, delivering entrepreneurial skill building to professionals, researchers, and students.
Leadership and Business Innovation Program
- Improve leadership and followership skills, enabling productive and innovative collaborations
- Develop communication and negotiation skills needed to influence senior leaders and key stakeholders
- Explore analytical tools and new processes that move an innovation from opportunity to new business venture
- Develop a design thinking mindset
- Experience Waterloo’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, gaining inspiration from the range of start-ups, early stage growth ventures, and corporate innovation labs
"Waterloo Way" Study Tour
Designed to combine a mix of academic, experiential, and community involvement, the Waterloo Way study tour introduces participants to Waterloo’s unique approach to entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation, and technology transfer.
This program includes visits to innovation sites, introduction to leading community and academic stakeholders, workshops, and event attendance. Customized tours can range from 1-5 days.
Workshops and Bootcamps
These intensive certificate programs are built to meet the needs of the audience in terms of themes and scheduling. Topics include design thinking, leadership, IP and commercialization, strategy mapping, research and marketing, business models, and pitching.
IP and Commercialization Workshops for Researchers
Designed specifically for the Institute for Quantum Computing's Cryptoworks 21 researchers, this 6-day program provides professional knowledge and technical skills. It informs researchers how to take their research and leverage it into valuable IP that can be used in commercialization. By the end of the workshops, researchers are able to develop an intellectual property strategy for ideas, research, and products, and apply core concepts in entrepreneurship to a new venture or to their academic research.
Entrepreneurship Summer Program
This is a four-week adventure for entrepreneurially-minded undergraduate students from all over the world. During their stay in one of the most vibrant start-up ecosystems in the world, participants take part a series of intensive workshops and hands-on activities, visit start-ups and innovation sites, and hear from founders on what it takes to build a company. Students work in teams to create their own start-up and pitch their idea to a panel of business professionals.