January 2013

My entrepreneurial knowledge debunked through the Conrad Centre

Rachel Bartholomew (MBET student), Victoria Faraci, and Shanae Vander Togt (MBET student).

Aleks Poldma from Hydrated World talks business and Enterprise Co-op

Aleks Poldma (left) and Spencer Kelly (right) are fourth year mechanical engineering students currently on an

Reddit founder, Alexis Ohanian, visits uWaterloo

Victoria Faraci is a graduate student in the English Department at the University of Waterloo, currently on a co-op term as a Communications and Marketing Assistant at the

Life after MBET: three lessons worth learning

Recent Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) graduates, Aseem Sharma and Nabeel Hussain, reflect on life after MBET.

Yes, Larry Smith, we want to be stars!

Victoria Faraci is a graduate student in the English Department at the University of Waterloo, currently on a Co-op term as a Communications and Marketing Assistant at the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre.


My name is Victoria Faraci, and I am a wage slave.

Being a female in MBET

Shanae Vander Togt

I have never had difficulty imagining. It is amazing how many ideas I can come up with in my day-to-day life, opportunities like, “I wish I could do that” or “wouldn’t that be great if this existed?” Before I came to do my Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) degree, I would come across these opportunities and dismiss them after only a quick ponder.

Accomplishing my goals through MBET

Melissa Young Sing

Previous Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET)student, Melissa Young Sing, recently sent us an e-mail after finding an unexpected note while she was packing up her room. This note was a list of goals Melissa had written at the beginning of her year as an MBET student.

My first recruitment event: Re:Engineering Leadership

Victoria Faraci is an English graduate student at The University of Waterloo, currently on a Co-op term as a Communications and Marketing Assistant at the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre.


Last week I was invited to attend my first ever recruitment event: Re:Engineering Leadership, which took place at uWaterloo on Tuesday, October 1 from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. in E5. This was a graduate studies fair where hopeful Engineering students thinking of graduate studies were able to ask questions and get more information.

What made this event really cool, though, was the fact that there were four other schools in attendance, all named Canada’s top engineering destinations:

Why MBET is different

Alphonsus Aigbokhan

I first came across the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program in 2009 while I was doing an online search for graduate programs in entrepreneurship. Having attained a Graduate Business Education (MBA) before, MBET initially struck me as any other graduate business degree, but after reading more about it, I was intrigued.

Reflecting on Jack Dorsey’s visit

Victoria Faraci is an English graduate student at The University of Waterloo, currently on a Co-op term as a Communications and Marketing Assistant at the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre.  

My life as a Canadian student in Denmark

Masters of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET) student, Miguel Mejia Diaz, recounts his experience at the European Summer School for Advanced Management (ESSAM) in Denmark this past summer.

Miguel came to MBET as an international student from Mexico City, attended the University of Waterloo, and then represented Canada overseas in Denmark. Because of this, Miguel has a unique perspective on his time spent abroad.

How ESSAM enriched my MBET experience

After completing the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET) program, a team of Conrad students, including Steven Wang, ventured to Denmark to attend the European Summer School for Advanced Management (ESSAM).  These are Steven's reflections on his experiences at ESSAM:

Adventures in arts entrepreneurship

Four months ago, I began my Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) term as a 3A student of English and History at the University of Waterloo. I am currently finishing up the term as a published author… and still a student. I have no plans to quit my day job just yet.

I spent my E Co-op term interviewing seniors in Stratford about their past, and gathering their stories into an anthology which is now available for purchase by family and community members. E Co-op allowed me to spend a work term doing exactly what I want, and have always wanted-to do: write a book.

MBET: The rocket fuel for innovation

When I discovered the Masters of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET) program I had no inkling of how engaging an experience this would be for me. The notion of entrepreneurship and the buzz word "innovation" were dormant nouns, until I learned to embody those nouns.

From ignition week until the fire-powered year-end showcase, the rocket fuel of MBET learning allowed me to act as a powerhouse for innovative start-ups like MaRS, Communitech and the Accelerator Centre.

The Planboard experience: a few reflections

I joined the Planboard team because the project reminded me of a great saying by Sir William Arthur Ward:

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

This innovative solution is built for those great teachers who inspire and are dedicated to make a lasting impact on the education industry. 

My glass countertop startup: what I learned during E Co-op

I have been fortunate enough to go through Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) this past term (January through April) and start my own business – ‘Counter Intuitive’.

Lessons learned by an MBET Social Entrepreneur

To say the least, I was surprised to be nominated for, let alone win, the Conrad Entrepreneur of the Year award. My company isn't a tech start-up at all. I only recently bought my first smartphone, and I can barely code. My company—CANGO Consulting Inc.—is a social enterprise that provides management consulting services to philanthropic funders.

MBET roots at Clearpath Robotics

How MBET helped me

While attending the Mechatronics Engineering program at the University of Waterloo, myself and three others took an interest in building robots - for school, for fun, and pretty much any other reason we could think of. This interest gradually evolved into a business

Canada 3.0: A few perspectives

Canada has a vital role to play in the digital universe and the fifth annual conference, Canada 3.0 was designed to fortify the country’s leadership in the sector. The two day conference was packed with business leaders, entrepreneurs, both established and aspiring, students, researchers and members of the academic community.

Winning Startup Weekend Hamilton with Walkbug: how MBET prepared me

On the 26th of April 2013 I participated in Startup Weekend Hamilton 3— a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, engineers and startup enthusiasts came together to share their ideas, form teams, and launch viable startups.

What Milao won at LaunchPad

On May 3rd, Team Milao pitched in the final round of LaunchPad50K, most likely our last major competition in this program – and what a competition it was! 

Student blog: taking the leap of faith

A year ago I was working for a local waterloo startup as a business development specialist. I deeply loved my job and my colleagues and was never really considering going back to school. One day, I met with an old friend for coffee, this friend was a student in the MBET program and could not stop talking about the program!

Student blog:expect the unexpected

Life is filled with unexpected events! During the first week of class, we were told that “50% of life is about showing up” and I have kept that advice in my subconscious ever since.

Most entrepreneurs suffer from the “J-curve,” “hockey stick,” or “valley of death” syndrome. Let me be the first to admit, as an impoverished student and budding entrepreneur, I “sometimes” (read: always) seek ways to reduce expenditures. Okay, as painful embarrassing as it is for me to admit, “sometimes” may be an understatement. Frugality is encoded in my DNA.

Student entrepreneur Emily Peat: my NBTC experience

Last Friday, I pitched my business in front of more people at once than I ever have before. The National Business and Technology Conference was held on March 8th and 9th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, bringing in 48 entrepreneurship teams from across Canada and hundreds of conference delegates.

Conrad at the national business and technology conference

This past weekend five of our MBET practicum teams, and three E Co-op businesses travelled to the National Business and Technology Conference (NBTC) in Toronto.

Why business plan competitions are worth your time

MBET practicum team Fiist is blogging! 

Stay up-to-date on their progress and experiences by checking our their blog regularly: http://blog.fii.st/

Latest post: Why business plan competitions are worth your time.

Happy reading!

BufferBox, Google, and the MBET practicum

Reflection on an MBET practicum: BufferBox

By: Sara Barakat, MBET 2012

Enterprise co-op: a student perspective

Lindsay back with her latest update on the E Co-op experience.

Check out her latest blog post today! And don’t forget to follow her on twitter: @LindzMD

Enterprise co-op: a student perspective

Get connected with Lindsay’s latest experience as an E Co-op Student here at Conrad!

Check out her latest blog post today! And don’t forget to follow her on twitter: @LindzMD

Student blog: MBET students qualify to second round of Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition

We’re excited to announce that our team (team Aerodynamix) has qualified to the second round of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas Competition!

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