January 2016

Startup insights and sauerkraut at Techtoberfest

“Ziggy zaggy, ziggy zaggy, oi oi oi!” was the chant to start off the fun at Techtoberfest, an annual tech event hosted by Communitech with the support of some amazing sponsors.

MBET Ignition Week: a mosaic of cultures and ideas comes together

MBET Class on the first day of Ignition Week

Imagine a blank canvas stands in front of you. In one hand you hold a palette with varying colours of paint. In your other hand, a paint brush. Now, you proceed to paint.

From customer discovery to Kickstarter: Sienci Labs in Enterprise Co-op

Sienci team at a maker faire booth

Andy Lee's Enterprise Co-op term is coming to an end this month, but he and his co-founders at Sienci Labs are busier than ever with the launch of their Kickstarter campaign. The campaign aims to bring the Sienci Mill One, an affordable and user-friendly desktop CNC milling machine, into the hands of creative makers across the world.

Beachside business and entrepreneurship reads: recommended by Conrad professors

Books recommended by Conrad professors

Ah, summer! It's the perfect time for busy students and startup founders to take a break and catch up on their reading. Looking for some inspiring entrepreneurship books for your next trip to the beach, the pool, or the park?

Conrad faculty members have got you covered with this list of their favourite business and entrepreneurship reads. 

The classics

Views from the Conrad Centre: Procrastinate on quitting

Howard, John, and Chris with their bikes

Howard Armitage, founder of the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Centre is, in my eyes, the Dumbledore of the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Tech

Pitch, Practice, Repeat: MBET at the International Business Model Competition

Alexandru and Vince at Microsoft

The International Business Model Competition (IBMC) is a unique student startup competition focused on the inputs, not the outputs, of the entrepreneurial process.

Behind the Booth: MBET students vlog their experience at the Ontario Accessibility Innovation Showcase

Screenshot of the vlog

What's it like to exhibit your startup at a conference? Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) students Krysta Traianovski and Sameer Khan take us behind the scenes in Conrad's first student vlog, documenting their experience as first-time exhibitors at OCE Discovery Days.

MBET in the Valley: from startups to sightseeing in San Francisco and Silicon Valley

Photo of San Francisco

Last month, students from Conrad's Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program travelled to the heart of the startup movement: San Francisco and Silicon Valley, California. 

MBET student Ademola Adelakun chronicled the trip on video and writes about his experiences below.

Insights for tomorrow's influencers at NBTC

Students presenting their startup at NBTC

In February we attended the National Business and Technology Conference (NBTC), a two-day conference in Toronto that is described as “a meeting place for tomorrow’s influencers and today’s changemakers who operate at the intersection of business and

Answering the challenge to change the world: MBET at the Hult Prize

The Hult Team after their pitch

As the four of us began to navigate our Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) experience last fall, we came together as like-minded individuals with entrepr

Scuba dive among the fish: takeaways from Dx3

Benny at the conference

Nowadays, I find it’s rather easy to fall prey to the overwhelming number of conferences that promise engaging speakers from big-name companies who will attempt to transform your life and your business with a single stroke of insight. Instead, most leave you tired, uninspired, and uneducated.

Breaking down stigma and building social enterprise at Grand Valley Institution's community forum

Nada Basir at the GVI forum

The Grand Valley Institution for Women (GVI) hosted a community forum on February 24, 2016, which I attended along with several classmates from Conrad's BET

Alumni Chats with Wayne Chang: Meet Ian Tao, founder of Sesame

Photo of Ian Tao

In this series, E Co-op Coordinator and BET 300 instructor Wayne Chang catches up with alumni from our undergraduate programs who are now running their startups full-time.

International Perspectives on Entrepreneurship at the Wolves Summit

Photo of Sankarshan Mudkavi

The Wolves Summit is a biannual conference that takes place in Warsaw, Poland, offering prizes of over $50,000.

Your five favourite blogs of 2015

Mavis Chan, the author of this year's top blog

Over the course of the year, Conrad students wear many hats: founder, salesperson, marketer, leader, designer, and boss to name a few.

Some also take on the title of Conrad blogger, contributing their unique perspectives on the entrepreneurial journey through our blog. The Conrad blog is where students tell their stories in their own words and share some of the diverse experiences encompassed within the Conrad Centre's mission of entrepreneurship education for all students. 

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