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Dr. Victor Cui, Conrad Research Excellence Chair and an Associate Professor at the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business, has been awarded the SSHRC Insight Grant for his project, “The risk to Canadian intellectual property rights imposed by foreign subsidiaries.” Nicolas Roulin, a psychology professor from St. Mary’s University is the co-investigator of this project.

The SSHRC Insight Grant supports research excellence in social sciences and humanities research. Funding is available for both emerging and established scholars for research initiatives of two to five years.

Marking the end of the spring 2023 term is our termly competition roundup to celebrate the successes of Conrad School students.

Graduate students in the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program and undergraduate students in BET 300 or Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) performed admirably in both on- and off-campus competitions.

We have winners from the annual MBET end-of-year tradeshow, plus wins at an international competition!

Thursday, July 20, 2023

E Co-op as a career stepping stone

Before switching to E co-op, Madison had done three co-op work terms.

Originally, she planned to continue with a regular co-op stream, but after suffering a concussion, was unable to continue the rest of her co-op terms. Because of this unexpected change, she decided to look further into E Co-op and give it a shot!

Both Madison and her partner were interested in woodworking. Taking their hobby and Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), they came up with Beaverdam Designs, a business that specializes in handmade home decor products.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

2023 MBET Tradeshow recap

We sent off the MBET class of 2023 last week at the annual end-of-year Tradeshow.

25 student ventures set up on the ground floor of the Engineering 7 building (home to the Conrad School), where passing students, faculty, staff and guests stopped by to learn more about the projects that MBETs have been working on for the last 10 months (or more!).

The Tradeshow was followed by a dinner where speeches were made, dessert was delicious and 5 student ventures were presented with prizes. Check out the winners and their ventures, as well as photography from the event!

Darren Harry Baine is a University of Waterloo undergrad and entrepreneur passionate about inspiring youth to think beyond themselves and create initiatives that advance society. Baine founded The Young Eye, a foundation that supports social growth and development of youth-based institutions in Uganda. Along with a group of friends, Baine also co-founded and hosts a youth motivational talk show also called The Young Eye.

In 2022, Baine was recognized for his outreach and was named to Uganda’s top 40 under 40 list. He says he is humbled by the honour that confirms he is on the right track.

“I used to think that I’d have to wait until I had a degree, be older and richer, before I could start my own business,” says [Osose] Itua. “I took a Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (BET) course and sitting next to me were people my age and younger who had a couple of startups going already. I was like ok, time to launch.”

Itua got to do six co-operative work experiences during her studies. The first was at a large company, the following four were at startups and the final one had her working on her own business, Foodage.

As temperatures rise, we're looking back on a busy (and successful!) winter 2023 term with our students.

Graduate students in the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) programs and undergraduate students in BET 300 or Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) performed admirably in both on- and off-campus competitions.

Velocity Innovation Challenge: 

With a week to collaborate and devise solutions to global food, health and energy problems, nine student teams from presented their ideas at Velocity’s Innovation Challenge in February.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Women in the digital workforce

The work world has been permanently transformed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zoom meetings are the new norm, even now that pandemic restrictions have been lifted. Employers are increasingly adopting artificial intelligence programs for many work tasks that humans once did.

But against this backdrop there are also labour shortages in many sectors. The unemployment-to-job vacancy ratio is at a historic low across Canada, partly because baby boomers who are close to retirement age have left the workforce, but not enough younger people are coming in behind them.

In another Waterloo first, the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business (Conrad) will launch Canada’s first PhD program in Entrepreneurship and Organization this fall. Conrad has long been a programmatic innovator in entrepreneurship education, having launched the country’s first immersive entrepreneurship graduate program 20 years ago, and a suite of undergraduate entrepreneurship courses and programs.

Unlike traditional business school doctoral programs that focus on management and organizations, Conrad’s new PhD takes a different approach. Instead, it offers students the opportunity to rigorously study human behaviour and organization with a focus on entrepreneurial contexts.