Hello 2014! If 2013 was any indication of what Conrad students can accomplish in one year, than 2014 is sure to be filled with successes, travel stories, pitch competitions, new startups, funding achievements, events, and so much more!
We thought a great way to round up 2013 would be to count down the top 5 most-read blog posts of the year (as determined by our Google Analytics). Our blog is filled with fun and interesting posts from alumni, current students, staff, and friends of the Centre and is a great way to get to know us and learn about the amazing entrepreneurial culture at the University of Waterloo. Take a peek at the blogs the Conrad community liked best in 2013:
Written by our fall term Communications and Marketing Assistant, Victoria Faraci, Yes, Larry Smith, we want to be stars! is a colourful reflection on Victoria's experience at the second in Larry Smith's lecture series on entrepreneurship, focused on showing students how to find and solve ‘killer’ problems in their workplace.
For a university that wants us to stand out, to stand up, never aiming for the middle ground, not even stopping when we’ve reached the higher ground, how can we possibly fail when we have people propelling us forward to ensure that we succeed?
MBET 2013 alumnus, Tehseen Butt, captivated readers with his reflection on his year as an MBET student, likening the program to "rocket fuel" that powered him to launch his startup innovoCore. Tehseen's message must have struck a chord with our readers, many of whom are also looking for that push to make a change and commit to their dream of becoming an entrepreneur.
Not only did Lindsay Kroes muster the courage to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams, she started and finished her goal of becoming a published author in four short months! Lindsay reflects on her experience as an Enterprise Co-op student, and specifically, an arts entrepreneur, in her post detailing her whirlwind term which began with a $4000 E-launch award.
Miguel Mejia Diaz charmed us all with his unique perspective on being a Canadian student in Denmark in the summer of 2013. Miguel, MBET 2013, was an international student at MBET, from Mexico City, who represented Canada overseas at the European Summer School for Advanced Management (ESSAM).
[I think] that being a Mexican infiltrated into the Canadian bunch gave me the opportunity to see firsthand how Canadians behaved abroad and how people from other countries showed a high esteem for them and a respectful opinion of their country. I was happy to be a part of this group.
Leave it to the Ernst and Young 2013 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Matt Rendall, MBET 2009, to come in at #1 for his post on how MBET helped him get to where he is today: the CEO of a multi-million dollar robotics company.
There is a lot involved to starting a business, some things can be taught and some things simply need to be experienced - all in all, MBET gave me the foundation to grow from.
Rounding out the Top 10 for the year was:
#6 - Lessons learned by an MBET social entrepreneur, by Jonathan Rivard
#7 - What Milao won at LaunchPad, by Camelia Nunez
#8 - Student entrepreneur Emily Peat: my NBTC experience, by Emily Peat
#9 - Why MBET is different, by Alphonsus Aigbokhan
#10 - My glass countertop startup: what I learned during E Co-op, by Chris Sharp
A big thank you to all our bloggers this year! Your contributions have been tremendous and we couldn't do what we do without you.
Interested in blogging for Conrad? E-mail Amanda Watkins to learn how.