We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
It was a great pleasure for me to step into the classroom once again last week to pitch some ideas to the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) students on how to more closely link the Accelerator Centre (AC) and the Conrad Centre.
In case you were not in class that day, or still do not know what we do at the Accelerator Centre, we work very closely with Communitech and the University of Waterloo - among others - to support entrepreneurs and early-stage technology companies in their growth, development, and success. We provide start-ups with a physical space to live and grow, an extensive educational and mentoring program, networking opportunities, industry connections, connections to capital, and much more.
To foster more synergistic linkages between Conrad and the Accelerator Centre, where we see a natural connection in our shared goals and ventures, we are inviting MBET students into our community through participation in our networking events and various learning opportunities, such as poker nights and Accelerate Me! sessions (internal pitching opportunities for AC clients). These events will be promoted well in advance and we welcome the attendance of MBET students.
Being born in the best country in the world - Uruguay - I decided to move to the second best country in the world - Canada. In Uruguay I worked at INGENIO, a business incubator, first as a marketing consultant and next as head of their selection process. It was a natural step for me, once in Canada, to pursue an MBET degree and to eventually start working at the AC. I am currently responsible for intake to the Accelerator Program and manage a FedDev grant, JumpStart, which is a $25,000 grant (in seed-matching funds and mentorship) awarded to early stage start-ups (like MBET startup, Milao Lanuage).
I have also recently adopted a puppy, Gigi, and started my own venture, along with 3 other MBET graduates. Apartmint.ca is an integrated online platform for finding an apartment, screening tenants, and paying rent. We are getting ready to pilot Apartmint in late January and hope to see you at our booth at the SLC on January 29th! (Volunteers are welcome)
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