Waterloo is world-renowned for its strength in innovation and co-operative education. A signature program at Waterloo, Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) allows students to pursue an entrepreneurial co-op option in which students start their own business while earning a co-op credit.

After graduation, E Co-op students 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 value.

Important dates

Winter 2018 Important Dates


Applications open: Monday October 2, 2017. 

Last day to apply: Monday December 18, 2017.

Who should apply?

E Co-op is open to students from all faculties with any type of business concept: no-tech, low-tech, high-tech, service, consulting and more. 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
  • the drive to excel as an entrepreneur

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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:

  • a wide network of mentors, entrepreneurs, and professionals
  • 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 presentations

Want to get even more out of your Enterprise Co-op experience?

Our limited-enrollment BET 300 and BET 400 courses are only available to students who are committed to starting a venture through E Co-op, Velocity, or on their own.