Posts for Current undergraduate students

Competing in Startup Weekend Waterloo Region

There are many entrepreneurial events in Waterloo Region, but it wasn't until I started the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program in September 2013 that I was really exposed to them.

I decided to take time off from working in Waterloo's technology sector to pursue an MBET degree and the business idea that I came into the program with, Jük. The September 2013 Startup Weekend seemed like a great way to expedite the process of vetting my business idea and potentially gain a team of designers and developers. Because of the positive experience I had, I also attended the April 2014 Startup Weekend.

From left to right: MBET students Ayad Kamal, Odeyemi Adaran, and Mahmoud Salama at Startup Weekend Waterloo Region Community Edition in April 2014.

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.

Pitch competitions, a mobile app, and more: an update from Apartmint

Margaret Cichosz and Ignacio ​Mongrell, alumni of the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program, recently competed as finalists at the National Business and Technology Conference (NBTC) with their startup, Apartmint.

My first Velocity Fund Finals

Thursday March 27th was the first time I attended the Velocity Fund Finals (VFF). While I have previously heard about the event, I've always missed the pitch competitions.

You don't know what you're missing until you've been there!

At this term's VFF, ambitious Waterloo students pitched their startup ideas to a panel of judges to win funding. The VFF event was an exciting day with great opportunities for networking, enjoying our university's innovative and entrepreneurial culture, and learning about some of the amazing things fellow students are involved in.

BET 300 student launches magazine

Victoria Stacey is a 21-year-old entrepreneur and fourth year Arts and Business student majoring in Speech Communication at the University of Waterloo. Victoria is the Editor-in-Chief of Passion8 Magazine, which she founded while taking the Conrad Centre's BET 300: Foundations of Venture Creation class.

An MBET at the Business Excellence Awards

Mahmoud Salama, a current student in the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program, attended the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Gala on Thursday, February 20th, 2014 with several other representatives from the Conrad Centre. Mahmoud has reflected on his experience attending the awards gala.

From non-technical entrepreneur to tech startup co-founder: An MBET's adventure

I’m a non-technical entrepreneur. Before my last term at the Conrad Centre, my experience with Near Field Communication (NFC) was no more than using the access card to enter the building. Yet, in 2013 I surprised myself with my involvement in two startup ideas related to NFC.

5 Lessons from Silicon Valley

Harry Gandhi, an Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) and BET 300 student, recently traveled to Silicon Valley to attend Startup Grind 2014 and a "Biotech Business Bootcamp" as a semi-finalist in the OneStart Competition, the world's largest biotech idea competition.
    

An MBET experience in India

In January I had the opportunity to travel to the region of Kerala, in South-west India to participate in an International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Women: The Role of Business Incubation & Social Business Development. The conference was primarily based out of Assumption College, a women’s college that is affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University.

Tips for social entrepreneurs: Insights from Larry Smith's talk

On Tuesday, January 28th, St. Paul's GreenHouse hosted a talk, Larry Smith presents, "So You Want to Change the World."

Victoria Suen, one of the Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) students that attended the event, wrote about a few of her takeaways:

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