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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.

A glass countertop? Sounds Counter Intuitive.

In April, the glass countertops company I founded through Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op)Counter Intuitivepassed a major milestone - our first installation!

Chris with Monika Chelchowski, one of the designers of the display, at the London Home and Garden Show.

Perspectives on innovation: An MBET's takeaways from OCE Discovery

The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery event was a true eye opener. I was proud to attend the event as a representative of the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program, the Conrad Centre and my practicum project, ULLO.

MBET students Tara Scanlan and Zoe Share talk to an OCE Discovery delegate about their startup, ULLO, at an exhibitor booth in the Waterloo pavilion.

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.

From MBET to Google's pre-accelerator: the NEXT experience

Having our startup accepted into the inaugural cohort of the Toronto NEXT pre-accelerator program, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, was an exhilarating moment for me and my co-founder Hussam Ayyad.

  
  

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.

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.

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