As the spring term and the season of summer draws to an end, we wanted to reach out to our alumni to update you on our busy summer, new announcements, and an upcoming packed fall!
As ever, we would love to hear your news and updates, so please contact us any time of the year! If you have any questions or would like more information about anything in this newsletter, please e-mail Amanda Watkins.
Howard Armitage accepts new appointment
This past June we were delighted to learn that Howard M. Armitage, founding Director of the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, was appointed Special Advisor, Entrepreneurship, by University of Waterloo President, Feridun Hamdullahpur, effective September 1st, 2013.
New enterprise co-op coordinator
Effective July 1st, Wayne Chang, our BET 300 lecturer, took over the role of Enterprise Co-op Coordinator. Previously held by MBET alumnus John Zupancic, Wayne is a great fit for the role having worked with young entrepreneurs through his teaching career at Waterloo and during his time spent in Silicon Valley with his company, Pivotry Consulting.
We are delighted to be working with Wayne in this capacity! And a big thanks to John Zupancic for his contributions to the E Co-op program while he served as coordinator.
Interim Director position extended
As our search for a new Director of the Conrad Centre continues into the fall term, Doug Sparkes’ role as Interim Director has been extended to the end of 2013. Doug’s leadership has been critical during this time of transition at Conrad and we thank him for his contributions thus far. We’re looking forward to what the fall and winter terms will bring to Conrad and our leadership structure – stay tuned.
Wriber in VeloCity Venture Fund finals
MBET alumnus John Zupancic did Conrad proud at the spring term VeloCity Venture Fund (VVF) finals held on July 25th. The VVF finals are held every term at Waterloo and are an opportunity for early-stage startup companies to pitch for one of four prizes of $25,000 and a spot in the VeloCity Garage.
MBET companies participate in Bridging Entrepreneurs to Students (BETS) program
Since the start of the spring term, Conrad has once again been running the BETS (Bridging Entrepreneurs to Students) program, coordinated by MBET alumnus Margaret Cichosz, to great success. This year, 20 first year engineering students were placed with technology startups in two eight-week placements.
Matt Rendall nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year
In case you missed the announcement on our news feed, on July 4 Matthew Rendall, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Clearpath Robotics, and an MBET alumnus, was named a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur category of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.
St. Paul's to launch social entrepreneurship initiative: Greenhouse
Entrepreneurship continues to be a driving force in the Waterloo culture with new programs, clubs, and societies coming on line regularly. The most recent program for young entrepreneurs on campus is called Greenhouse. Greenhouse is run out of St. Paul’s University College and is an entrepreneurial residence for social entrepreneurs. Not unlike the VeloCity residence, students at Greenhouse will live and work with like-minded students and create social ventures. Learn all about the Greenhouse program.
Esch awards launched
The spring 2013 term saw the launch of the inaugural Norman Esch Entrepreneurship Awards. The awards range in value from $5000 - $10,000 each and recipients will be decided upon by a panel of judges from the Conrad Centre. Only student teams in the Faculty of Engineering’s Fourth-year Capstone Design Project are eligible to receive the award.
MBET webinar series
In an effort to reach a wider audience of prospective students, Conrad is launching a webinar info session series this fall. The webinars, held monthly, will provide an overview of the MBET program, presenting all the admissions information as well as success stories of our alumni. If you know of any prospects interested in learning more about the program, this would be a great opportunity for them to do so without having to travel to Waterloo. All details and specific dates and times will be posted on our website closer to the date with the first session planned for mid-October.
Conrad on the road
This fall, the Conrad recruiting team will be travelling in Canada to a series of graduate fairs to share the news about MBET! If we’re coming to a city near you, we would love to connect with you while we’re in town. Please contact Amanda Watkins to arrange a time to meet-up at any of the cities and dates below:
September 25 - Montreal – Engineering Consortium
October 2 – Toronto – Engineering Consortium
October 8 – Edmonton – Engineering Consortium
October 9 – Calgary – uWaterloo Engineering alumni event
October 10 – Vancouver – Engineering Consortium
November 7 – Vancouver – The MBA Tour
November 9 – Toronto – The MBA Tour
November 12 – Ottawa – The MBA Tour
MBET 10 at ESSAM and LUT
Select students from our MBET10 class travelled to Europe at the end of the school year to continue their studies at one of two institutions: The European Summer School for Advanced Management (ESSAM) at Aarhus University in Denmark, and the Summer School at the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in Finland.
Our MBET10s have been reporting back to Conrad with reflections on their experiences and it's been amazing to hear how they have changed, what they've learned, and where they're going from here.
Keeping in touch
We always enjoy hearing from our alumni and welcome your updates, stories, and feedback.
News, events, and updates from Conrad are pouring in more and more frequently, so we will have a full update in the fall on everything new and exciting that's happened. Until then!