Scaling your startup, team and knowledge

When I started my Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) term in May, Dominic Toselli and I were just a team of two co-founders looking to use technologies that we used at companies in Silicon Valley to optimize decision making in the oil and gas industry. Since then, we've added 4 others and effectively tripled the PetroPredict team. Over the past couple of months we were able to run a high performance team and enable our company to grow and scale.

Disrupting healthcare with the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET)

After spending years climbing the steady and predictable pyramid of the world of medicine, I became indoctrinated on a path to success. There's a clear order: first you get into a medical school, then you get into a residency, then a fellowship, and then a prestigious job as a staff surgeon.

In the field of entrepreneurship there is no order. You learn from those who have done it and make up the rest as you go. To many surgeons this sounds like a nightmare, but to me it sounds like fun. Many of my colleagues question why I deviated from such a well laid out path, and I didn't always have have a good answer, until now!

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.

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.

The story of Palette, a freeform interface

Calvin Chu has travelled from Waterloo, Ontario to San Francisco, California to Shenzen, China all to develop his startup, Palette. What started as a fourth year design project during Calvin's Mechatronics degree at the University of Waterloo quickly grew into an international entrepreneurial pursuit.

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.

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.

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