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Ever since the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program began this year, many of my classmates and I have talked about being social outside of our busy class schedule. I think that we can all agree that we have now developed a better relationship outside of class because of the many events put on by the Conrad Centre. We always talk to each other about the events, and remind one another if they have forgotten about one.
Expanding your entrepreneurial circle
The MBET faculty doesn’t just want us to attend class and go home—they also want us to be involved and interactive within the community. Because of this, they host events such as Entre Nous. At this monthly event, we have the ability to discuss our ideas and gain advice from other entrepreneurs in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, and Conrad alumni. Guest speakers are invited to share their experience in their industry, and answer any questions that we may have. In October, we had the pleasure of meeting the president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Brian Krinock, where he spoke to us about autonomy cars and the direction that the automotive industry will be taking over the next five years.
The best thing about MBET is the people who you meet and the number of events that are available to us. Earlier this month, the majority of the class had the opportunity to participate at Communitech’s Techtoberfest, which involved keynote speakers such as Razor Suleman, founder of Achievers, and Michael Serbinis, founder and CEO of Kobo. We had the opportunity to speak with the keynote speakers, and even the venture capitalists who were attending the Techtoberfest event.
Creating a Conrad family
Over the past few weeks, we have also attended numerous events as a group that were not organized by Conrad faculty and staff. We all went to MBET alumna, Jennifer McLellan’s house for a nice evening of wine and cheese, where we met other MBET alumni to discuss their experience as students, and find out what they are up to now, including the startups that they are working on.
In addition to group get-togethers, I thought that signing up for an intramural soccer team would be a good way to relax and enjoy a bit of soccer, and let us get to know each other outside of our practicum groups and class sections. Playing with everyone from the program was a great experience— we were motivating each other, complimenting one another and cracking jokes as we were playing. (Ashank once decided to sit down in the middle of the pitch– while the game was going on!)
I have a great group of peers this year, and we can’t wait for the rest of the events in store for us at Conrad. Coming up, we have the Velocity Fund Finals competition, a group outing to a Halloween haunted house, and of course, Movember.
Before the MBET program, Imran worked at engineering firms and startups in Toronto. Imran also set up a design and branding company, Jarvis Media Group, that focuses on helping companies create an online presence and align their brand with their online profile. Imran has also teamed up with Dr. Arif Alarakhia, fellow MBET candidate, to tackle the healthcare industry. They are in the process of developing a crowd sourced platform to allow users to conveniently locate emergency rooms, walk-in-clinics and paramedical clinics, with posted wait times in real time.