Posts for Current graduate students

A trip to Chicago reveals the future of manufacturing

MAJiK Systems trekked down to the 'Windy City' at the beginning of November to attend the single largest manufacturing and packaging exhibition in the USA: PACK Expo International.

Laying the foundation for a great startup: Q&A with Jim Robeson

 

Jim Robeson is a 2013 alumnus of the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program. While in MBET, Jim built his company, PiinPoint— an online platform that enables businesses to find the best location for expansion. Now, just over a year after graduating from the program, PiinPoint has proven to be a game-changer for business owners. Conrad's Marketing and Communication's Manager, Amanda Watkins, sat down with Jim to catch up, and to talk to him about his experiences as a student in the MBET program.

Mo like a pro: MBET does Movember

The month of November is usually cold and grey, and most Canadians are still in denial of winter's arrival. Thankfully, there is a month-long charitable event keeps spirits lifted: Movember.

Working hard and playing hard in MBET

Ever since the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program began this year, many of my classmates and I have talked about being social outside of our busy class schedule. I think that we can all agree that we have now developed a better relationship outside of class because of the many events put on by the Conrad Centre. We always talk to each other about the events, and remind one another if they have forgotten about one. 

How to hack science in five easy steps

In September, I participated in Hack the North with my Suncayr co-founders, Derek Jouppi and Andrew Martinko, and our classmate Dave Badami. Hack the North is Canada's largest international hackathon, where students come together for 36 hours to collaboratively code a unique solution to a problem from scratch. For those familiar with Suncayr’s technology (a marker ink that tells you when to reapply sunscreen), you may be wondering what on earth we were doing at a hackathon. For us, it was all about networking. We found out that Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator, was going to be there, so we knew that we had to go too.

A MAJiK moment: how two entrepreneurs are expanding their startup

Over the last number of years, the Kitchener-Waterloo startup community has grown rapidly. In my fourth year of Management Engineering at the University of Waterloo, I founded MAJiK Systems with three of my classmates: Mike Tatham, Adam Singer, and Jared Evans. MAJiK began as our capstone design project to help manufacturers monitor their production to stay on schedule, but we wanted to take our project to the next level.

Around the world and back: my post-MBET path

Clinton Ball is a Master of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET) alumnus, and since graduating, his year has only become more exciting! We caught up with Clint, and he told us about his new job with the Accelerator Centre (AC), his trip to Japan, and new products from his company, Verse Software Lab Inc

Breaking barriers and building relationships: MBET Ignition Week

Master of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET) student, Dan Allison, reflects on Ignition Week activity at Innersee 

Each year, the new class of MBET students participates in Ignition Week before classes begin. Ignition Week is a week-long introductory program to MBET, where students get to know each other, and are familiarized with the fundamentals of the program and life at Conrad. 

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.

Social Entrepreneurship at Conrad and Waterloo

Social entrepreneurship has a multitude of definitions and surrounding opinions. In my experience, there is one thing that everyone can agree on: social entrepreneurship is becoming more and more prominent in the Waterloo startup community.

In my two co-op terms as the Conrad Centre's Communications and Marketing Assistant, I have been fortunate enough to meet a number of social entrepreneurs that are taking the Waterloo ecosystem by storm.

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