Conrad alumni e-newsletter - summer 2013

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

photo of Howard ArmitageThis 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.

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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

Wriber's logoMBET 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

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MBET companies participate in Bridging Entrepreneurs to Students (BETS) program

BETS students at Milao Language

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. 

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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

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St. Paul's to launch social entrepreneurship initiative: Greenhouse​

Greenhouse logoEntrepreneurship 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.

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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

Winding roadThis 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.

Read more about their successes from our news, and stay tuned for more updates and blog posts to come.

Students at ESSAM

ESSAM grads and MBET10 students. From left: Steven Wang, Miguel Diaz, Georgina Divaris, Daryl Karpel.

Keeping in touch

We always enjoy hearing from our alumni and welcome your updates, stories, and feedback.

Stay up-to-date with Conrad by reading our News and Blog, and connecting with us via our social networks:




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!

VIP user research survey

The Virtual Incubation Program at the Conrad Centre is in its initial stages of development. We are currently conducting user research to help us build this program and would like your help!

Please take a moment to fill out the survey posted below. It is a quick 6-question survey about technology use in your everyday life. We especially value your feedback because as MBET alumni, you have the entrepreneurial mind-set that our user group will have.  

The results of this survey will help us to create general trends that we can then investigate further. Our ultimate goal is to better understand how people use technology so that we can create the Virtual Incubation Program in a manner that best suits the users.

Survey: How do you interact with technology ?

Renovations at Conrad – building a VIP Lab

This summer, the Outreach Room has been transformed into a VIP Lab with three new offices and an open space for collaborative work. The lab will support the research project sponsored by the GMAC MetFund for the development of a Virtual Incubation Program for the Conrad Centre.

Stay tuned to the alumni Facebook group for updates on the renovations and some before and after photos! 

Calling all soccer players!

As part of ignition week for our incoming MBET11 class, we have organized a soccer game where students, staff, faculty and alumni can battle it out on the field!

If you're interested in playing, please e-mail Tanya Yoworski no later than Wednesday September 4th. We'd love to have you participate in this fun event where you will also have the chance to meet our new class.


Date: Thursday, September 5th

Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Location: Columbia Icefield - field 7, University of Waterloo campus

*Water and equipment will be supplied, just come dressed and ready to play!

soccer ball and net