The Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program provides students with the opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on training in venture capital investing through the University of Waterloo's Student Venture Fund (SVF).

Not only do students gain real-world experience sourcing deals, conducting due diligence, and pitching investments, but they also have the opportunity to participate in a prestigious venture capital competition.

This year, MBET student Hisham Ismail had the honour of representing the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business at the annual Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) hosted by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. This marked the first time an MBET student had attended the competition, which draws top MBA talent from around the world!

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SVF and VCIC have made me a better entrepreneur and investor. This real-world experience has given me a tremendous advantage and encapsulates the hands-on, experiential learning that defines the MBET program.

Hisham Ismail, Full-Time MBET Student

Hisham's participation was also historic for the University of Waterloo, as it was the first year that the university placed first in both the undergraduate and graduate track at the regional competition hosted by Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Both teams advanced to the VCIC global finals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where the undergraduate team finished an impressive 3rd globally, while Hisham and his graduate teammates placed 4th against heavy competition from elite MBA programs.

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