Takeaways from Tech and Tennis Day at the Rogers Cup

BETS students from the Rogers Cup

Conrad undergraduate students attended Tech and Tennis Day at the Rogers Cup on August 10. 

BETS Perspectives: Designing a memorable co-op experience at LabsCubed

LabsCubed Team

Conrad’s Bridging Entrepreneurs to Students (BETS) program is a specialized co-op program which connects first-year engineering co-op students with seed and early stage startup companies for short-term placements. In this post, Spring 2017 BETS students and BETS employer LabsCubed share how the program worked for them this term.

BETS Perspectives: Getting hands-on with the design process at Vena Medical

BETS team at Communitech

Conrad’s Bridging Entrepreneurs to Students (BETS) program is a specialized co-op program which connects first-year engineering co-op students with seed and early-stage startup companies for short-term placements. In this post, Spring 2017 BETS students and BETS employer Vena Medical share how the program worked for them this term.

BETS Perspectives: Gamelynx has fun and gets things done

The Gamelynx team

Conrad's Bridging Entrepreneurs to Students (BETS) program is a specialized co-op program which connects first year engineering co-op students with seed and early stage startup companies for 16 week placements. In this post, Winter 2017 BETS students and BETS employer Gamelynx share how the program worked for them this term.

Ambition in action: Vincent Can Cui (MBET '16) leads big data startup in Beijing

Vincent Can Cui

The ink was hardly dry on Vincent Can Cui's MBET degree when he found himself signing the term sheet for his startup's angel round of $1M from a group of Silicon Valley and Chinese investors.

Gifts that give back: A Conrad guide to the holidays

The pressure to find the perfect gifts for friends and family during the holiday season can be intense. It's easy to go to the closest shopping centre or the biggest online retailer for super-saver discounts, but you never really know where the money from your purchase will end up. The dollars that you spend during the holidays can add up quickly, and can have an impact that extends far beyond the retailer's pocketdepending on where you choose to shop.

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.

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!

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