The summer I became an entrepreneur

As an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo, when I wanted to explore entrepreneurship as a potential career path this summer, I decided to live in the Velocity Residence and take the Conrad Centre's BET 300: Foundations of Venture Creation course.

My most memorable moment was our trip to Montreal for the International Startup FestivalBET 300 provides student entrepreneurs with opportunities to attend events that help them develop their venture ideas.

Disrupting healthcare with the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET)

After spending years climbing the steady and predictable pyramid of the world of medicine, I became indoctrinated on a path to success. There's a clear order: first you get into a medical school, then you get into a residency, then a fellowship, and then a prestigious job as a staff surgeon.

In the field of entrepreneurship there is no order. You learn from those who have done it and make up the rest as you go. To many surgeons this sounds like a nightmare, but to me it sounds like fun. Many of my colleagues question why I deviated from such a well laid out path, and I didn't always have have a good answer, until now!

Alaska and the Twitterverse: talking innovation in education

What does disruptive innovation look like in the higher education space?

How are we going to assess and measure learning outcomes in times of blended and online learning, big data and flipped classrooms?

These and similar questions brought me to Anchorage, Alaska to attend the Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL) conference with my colleague Doug Sparkes and one of our BETS students, Emma Reesor. We were invited to present a paper on our experience of developing the virtual incubation program (VIP).

From MBET to Montreal for an international tech conference

Our journey to Montreal to present our paper, "Providing Access to Education in Sub-Saharan Countries through Content-Oriented Technology" at the first IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference was an adventure to say the very least.

​From left to right: MBET students Angelica Kiboro, Mrinay Nair, Alex Dwhytie, Tomison Salam, and Sheena Bailey at the conference.

How do you recruit entrepreneurs? Think like one yourself!

As the Marketing and Recruitment Manager at the Conrad Centre I’m always looking for ways to meet budding entrepreneurs to tell them about the amazing opportunities for them at the University of Waterloo.

When I started in this role in 2012 I was overwhelmed by the vast entrepreneurship ecosystem both in Waterloo and across the country. I quickly began researching events, clubs, programs, and conferences, talking to the people in these spaces for their advice, and sorting out the best places to meet and engage with would-be entrepreneurs.

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From MBET to Google's pre-accelerator: the NEXT experience

Having our startup accepted into the inaugural cohort of the Toronto NEXT pre-accelerator program, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, was an exhilarating moment for me and my co-founder Hussam Ayyad.

  
  

MBA vs MBET

I often get asked the question, “What is the difference between an MBA and an MBET degree?” My usual response would be that someone has to hire MBAs, but I realize that answer is a little too simplistic.

It is not that Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs are of poor quality or in some way inferior; in fact, on many occasions, I have suggested to students that the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program may not be the best path for them and that they may be better suited for the MBA path.   

Doug Sparkes, Lecturer and Associate Director of the MBET program.

The Accelerator Centre invites MBET students into its community

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.

My entrepreneurial knowledge debunked through the Conrad Centre

Rachel Bartholomew (MBET student), Victoria Faraci, and Shanae Vander Togt (MBET student).

Life after MBET: three lessons worth learning

Recent Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) graduates, Aseem Sharma and Nabeel Hussain, reflect on life after MBET.

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