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From MBET to Montreal for an international tech conference

Our journey to Montreal to present our paper, "Providing Access to Education in Sub-Saharan Countries through Content-Oriented Technology" at the first IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference was an adventure to say the very least.

​From left to right: MBET students Angelica Kiboro, Mrinay Nair, Alex Dwhytie, Tomison Salam, and Sheena Bailey at the conference.

Building Waterloo's creative media community

The first time I visited Waterloo I was struck by the energy and support that came freely from the participatory startup community.

It was a dreary February evening and I was in town on a last minute decision to promote the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) as a sponsor of Start Up Camp Waterloo. However, the energy and excitement inside the Accelerator Centre (AC) was palpable and in striking contrast to the weather outside. I was smitten and knew, at that moment, that this startup community was one that I needed to be a part of.

Pitching around the world for SparkGig

Part of my responsibility as a co-founder of SparkGig during my winter 2014 Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) term was to raise money, through student competitions, to help finance the SparkGig team.

When I started doing some research I was amazed at the number of student startup competitions out there.

MBA vs MBET

I often get asked the question, “What is the difference between an MBA and an MBET degree?” My usual response would be that someone has to hire MBAs, but I realize that answer is a little too simplistic.

It is not that Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs are of poor quality or in some way inferior; in fact, on many occasions, I have suggested to students that the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program may not be the best path for them and that they may be better suited for the MBA path.   

Doug Sparkes, Lecturer and Associate Director of the MBET program.

Top 5 blog posts of 2013

Hello 2014! If 2013 was any indication of what Conrad students can accomplish in one year, than 2014 is sure to be filled with successes, travel stories, pitch competitions, new startups, funding achievements, events, and so much more!

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.

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 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.

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