Posts for the Topic Entrepreneurship

Thoughts on Entrepreneurship: Having a Tormentor

MBET student, Joel Kadish

Young entrepreneurs often seek a Mentor, but what they should be looking for is a Tormentor.

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

Alumni Chats with Wayne Chang: Meet Ian Tao, founder of Sesame

Photo of Ian Tao

In this series, E Co-op Coordinator and BET 300 instructor Wayne Chang catches up with alumni from our undergraduate programs who are now running their startups full-time.

Your five favourite blogs of 2015

Mavis Chan, the author of this year's top blog

Over the course of the year, Conrad students wear many hats: founder, salesperson, marketer, leader, designer, and boss to name a few.

Some also take on the title of Conrad blogger, contributing their unique perspectives on the entrepreneurial journey through our blog. The Conrad blog is where students tell their stories in their own words and share some of the diverse experiences encompassed within the Conrad Centre's mission of entrepreneurship education for all students. 

Enterprise Co-op out of a Suitcase: Chris Thiele’s E Co-op term across the world

Chris Thiele wrote his last exam of the spring term in the middle of August, and by the first week of September, he began his second Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) term on a plane to Hong Kong.

Four months as a startup founder: Enterprise Co-op students share takeaways from their terms

Medea Rasheed, E Co-op student, giving a painting workshop

Put 25 entrepreneurs in one room for a few hours, and you’re bound to learn something.

That’s exactly what happened at the Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) End of Term presentations held on Monday December 7, 2015. E Co-op students gathered to reflect on four months of venture-building and share what they learned for the benefit of their peers.

Here are a few of the takeaways from the term:   

Be patient, results take time. 

From Hack the North to Velocity Fund Finals: how I turned a hack into a startup

Sefunmi and his team at the Velocity Fund Finals

This year at Canada's largest hackathon, Hack the North (HTN), my teammates and I developed an iPhone application called Hash. Hash connects to desktop devices with low-energy bluetooth and integrates with several browsers in order to successfully authenticate several user accounts seamlessly using your fingerprint via touch ID.

Problems that Matter: Collaboration between the Conrad Centre and Kenya's Strathmore University

From problems to solutions

We all see big, important problems every day. You can't watch the news without seeing something that has far-reaching implications. But a common resonse is: “what can I do?” 

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

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