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.
This past weekend five of our MBET practicum teams, and three E Co-op businesses travelled to the National Business and Technology Conference (NBTC) in Toronto.
It was an exciting day of pitching for all our student teams. The work began first thing in the morning with pitches happening from 8:00 a.m. until noon, and then the waiting began! The finalists were announced at 6:30 p.m. which meant that our teams had to wait all day to find out if they would be called upon to pitch to the entire conference. While there were workshops, panels, and speakers throughout the day to distract everyone, the anticipation grew and grew.
When the news finally came, it was very good! Two teams from Conrad pitched in the final top four: Emily Peat's Eco Place Organics (from our E Co-op program) and the MBET practicum Wriber Inc. (co-founded by MBET alumni John Zupancic and Margaret Cichosz). While neither team took home first prize, being in the top four out of 48 teams was a proud accomplishment for both companies.
The participating Conrad businesses at NBTC were: