The Science of Standing Out: Sienci Labs in Enterprise Co-op

Hippo modeled using Sienci Labs software

“What sets your company apart from the rest of the competition?” This is a question that I’ve heard almost daily as a founder of my new venture, Sienci Labs.

Beachside business and entrepreneurship reads: recommended by Conrad professors

Books recommended by Conrad professors

Ah, summer! It's the perfect time for busy students and startup founders to take a break and catch up on their reading. Looking for some inspiring entrepreneurship books for your next trip to the beach, the pool, or the park?

Conrad faculty members have got you covered with this list of their favourite business and entrepreneurship reads. 

The classics

International Perspectives on Entrepreneurship at the Wolves Summit

Photo of Sankarshan Mudkavi

The Wolves Summit is a biannual conference that takes place in Warsaw, Poland, offering prizes of over $50,000.

Fuelling entrepreneurs for success at Enterprise Co-op Ignition Week

In the Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) program, students dedicate their co-op term to building their companies full-time.

Nerves + confidence a winning formula at Velocity Fund Finals

Ryan and Matt at VFF

Twenty University of Waterloo students took the stage to pitch their startup ideas to a full house at the Velocity Fund Finals (VFF) on July 23, 2015.

Ryan Marchewka, co-founder of the display technology startup Thalo, was among the brave presenters. Conrad asked Ryan how it felt to be holding the clicker at Waterloo’s largest pitch event of the term.

Overcoming nerves

How to hack science in five easy steps

In September, I participated in Hack the North with my Suncayr co-founders, Derek Jouppi and Andrew Martinko, and our classmate Dave Badami. Hack the North is Canada's largest international hackathon, where students come together for 36 hours to collaboratively code a unique solution to a problem from scratch. For those familiar with Suncayr’s technology (a marker ink that tells you when to reapply sunscreen), you may be wondering what on earth we were doing at a hackathon. For us, it was all about networking. We found out that Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator, was going to be there, so we knew that we had to go too.

Think startups are just for tech? This E Co-op startup will change your mind.

I founded Off the ej as a project that would inspire my career in the design world. After three years of studying architecture, I was stuck in what I would call a "mid-student life crisis." I was so close to finishing, yet too far away to continue on this persistent emotional roller coaster ride. I love the study of architecture, but felt I was losing sight of myself in the bounding box of buildings I was being directed to design.

I decided to try an Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) term, and my project quickly grew into something vastly more interactive that drove my love of design in another direction and began to inspire others as well.

Scaling your startup, team and knowledge

When I started my Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) term in May, Dominic Toselli and I were just a team of two co-founders looking to use technologies that we used at companies in Silicon Valley to optimize decision making in the oil and gas industry. Since then, we've added 4 others and effectively tripled the PetroPredict team. Over the past couple of months we were able to run a high performance team and enable our company to grow and scale.

Social Entrepreneurship at Conrad and Waterloo

Social entrepreneurship has a multitude of definitions and surrounding opinions. In my experience, there is one thing that everyone can agree on: social entrepreneurship is becoming more and more prominent in the Waterloo startup community.

In my two co-op terms as the Conrad Centre's Communications and Marketing Assistant, I have been fortunate enough to meet a number of social entrepreneurs that are taking the Waterloo ecosystem by storm.

Youth marketing and stories: Takeaways from New York

If there’s one word that defined my short two-day adventure to New York, and the state of millennial marketing in the current day and age, it's "hustle."

I got into New York the day before the Youth Marketing Strategy conference and started doing some sightseeingI made my way down to the Centre for Social Innovation in Chelsea, where I introduced myself as a student entrepreneur from Toronto!

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