Bridging Entrepreneurs to Students (BETS)

The Bridging Entrepreneurs to Students (BETS) program is a specialized co-op program established to support two key groups: first year engineering co-op students, and seed and early stage startup companies who would not otherwise have the resources to hire full-time staff or co-ops for 16 weeks. The BETS program brings these groups together by pairing teams of two entrepreneurial co-op students with companies for project-based micro placements of 5 weeks each. 

The Conrad Centre mentors and supports these co-op students throughout the 16 week term, helping them develop transferable employment skills through a series of workshops, seminars, and micro work term placements.   The program consists of one full week of intensive training and development, followed by three placement rotations through startups in the Waterloo region.

This 16 week co-op placement consists of over 80 hours of training and development and rotation through three startups in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

breakdown of the program is available for students to view.

Details for interested startup companies are also available.

For more information on the BETS program, please contact Emily Peat.

The Conrad Centre is grateful to The Esch Foundation for its generous support of the BETS program.