Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Meet the spring 2022 Enterprise Co-op pitch winners

Bara Husseini, E Co-op pitch winner

Overbeeke Family Entrepreneurship Excellence Award

The Conrad School would like to extend our gratitude to the Overbeeke family as we introduce the newest award in support of undergraduate entrepreneurs.

The Overbeeke Family Entrepreneurship Excellence Award is presented to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in any year in the Faculty of Engineering who is pursuing an Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) opportunity. Selection is based on the development of an outstanding presentation, business plan review, clarity of business description and preparedness to lead a venture or social enterprise as demonstrated through the beginning of term pitch competition. One scholarship of up to $5,000 will be awarded each term between Spring 2022 and through to Fall 2024.

We are proud to introduce the inaugural winner!

Bara Husseini, Easy Green

Mechanical Engineering

Easy Green aims to provide middle eastern homes with a method of generating electricity and an alternative way to heat via a solar panel and a heat pump kit. Transforming traditional houses into environmentally friendly homes will reduce carbon emissions and utility bills. Jordan’s ideal environment and energy credit system will allow for excess energy generated in the summer to provide for the heat pump in the winter (indirectly). Join the Race to Make the World a Better Place with Easy Green.

Bara is also one of the recipients of the Norman Esch Enterprise Co-op Awards this term. 

E-Launch Awards

The E-Launch Awards are presented to the winners of the pitch competition among students in the E Co-op program. Congratulations to our winners, who have been awarded $5,000 each by our experienced panel of judges.

Justin Succar, Drop Point Waste Solutions

Environment, Resources and Sustainability

Drop Point Waste Solutions is a disposal monitoring system that seeks to address the issue of excess waste entering traditional dumpsters in high-density residential buildings. By monitoring per-resident disposal tendencies, Drop Point Waste Solutions can create unique waste reduction plans for apartment buildings to increase diversion rates and track progression overtime. The aim is to reduce the amount of material entering landfills and minimize the operating expenses paid by building managers for disposal fees.

Carter Lockbaum, Printing Classics

Global Business and Digital Arts

Printing Classics is an automotive parts company like no other - utilizing photogrammetry to model existing OEM parts and reproducing them using 3D printing. This will give many classic and older car owners the option to purchase new interior and exterior trim pieces that have been discontinued in traditional manufacturing for years, even decades.

Aaditya Lanke, AutoEstate

Honours Mathematics

Autostate is a platform that provides Investment Evaluation tools that enable you to analyse the financial viability of a property investment. The evaluators help make your property Investment decision easier by providing key details such as mortgage costs, potential revenue, ROI, tax benefits and information about which government programs you would be eligible for. Moreover, our platform provides these details at the click of a button, reducing your research from a month to just 10 minutes. So, hop on the AutoEstate website and explore the investment potential of Real Estate.

Ibrahim Ahmed, Yama Finance

Computer Science

Yama Finance is a crypto start-up building a single interface/API used to deposit money into any yield-accruing protocol on any chain.

 Norman Esch Enterprise Co-op Awards

The Norman Esch Enterprise Co-op Awards are available to E Co-op students in Engineering. In addition to Bara, there are two other students who have received $5,000 each towards their venture. 

Osose Itua, Foodage

Mechatronics Engineering

Foodage is the easiest way for restaurants to predict daily demand and plan accordingly. This is achieved using predictive machine learning from past sales data as well as external inputs such as weather, covid guidelines and pricing. Their mission is to eliminate avoidable food waste in the food service industry.

Matthew Chun, Matin Nuit

Environmental Engineering

At Matin Nuit, their mission is to bridge South Korean cosmetic manufacturers with influencers around the globe. Matin Nuit offers the best guidance anyone can ask for, from ideation to product launch. Come check out the Matin Nuit website and sign-up for free sampling.

Monday, June 20, 2022

University of Waterloo Entrepreneurial Ph.D. Fellowship Applications Open

MBET class

In keeping with its position as Canada’s top Innovation University, today, the University of Waterloo launches its Entrepreneurial Ph.D. Fellowship pilot. These new fellowships will support outstanding, business-minded doctoral students who are interested in commercializing their research.  

Monday, June 6, 2022

From building robots in the basement to putting algorithms on the moon


Written by Rose Simone. This is an excerpt from an article originally published on Waterloo Magazine.

About 13 years ago, Matt Randell and three friends from Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo started building robots. It was an interest that grew from their involvement in UW Robotics Team and then carried on into their final-year engineering project, which became an idea for a company.

In 2009, Matt completed his Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology degree where he gained critical skills to develop his business model while leveraging the support of programs that make up Waterloo’s vibrant startup ecosystem.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Toronto-based app aims to combat social isolation

Toronto-based app aims to combat social isolation

This article and video was originally posted by CityNews.

Even as pandemic restrictions lift, a generation of young people continue to cope with social isolation and loneliness as they work and learn remotely. CityNews speaks to Spurrya Jaggi, Founder of Lichi, an app at aims to help address this.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Conrad School Competitions Round-Up - Winter 2022

Arshmeet Singh, Angad Vohra and Saatvik Arora

Student ventures, and students themselves, have been recognized for their outstanding accomplishments this winter term. Everyone at the Conrad School is proud to share these highlights.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Meet the winter 2022 Enterprise Co-op pitch winners

collage of student winners

This winter term, Enterprise Co-op students submitted five-minute video pitches for prizes of $5,000 at the Ignition Week pitch competition. Each student's video pitch was evaluated by a panel of judges. Meet the winter 2022 pitch winners!

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Winter 2022 Concept $5K Recap

$5k Winter 2022 Recap

At the semi-finals, this March, 22 student venture teams pitched their early start-up ideas to a panel of judges. Eight of these teams have been selected as semi-finalists and will have the opportunity to pitch at the Concept $5K finals, for a chance to win one of four $5,000 grants. Four of these ventures are comprised of current and former undergraduate and graduate Conrad School students. Incredible! 

Monday, February 14, 2022

New Faculty Announcement — Welcome Victor Cui

Victor Cui

The Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business enthusiastically welcomes a new faculty member: Victor Cui.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Conrad School 2021 Review

Conrad School Logo over E7 building background

Despite the challenges faced in 2021, students, staff and alumni at the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business continued to demonstrate resilience and accomplished many achievements. Here are a few highlights from the past year.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

From student startup to US $5.16B market capitalization

Alex Rodrigues driving with Feridun Hamdullahpur, 2015

By Brian Caldwell. This is an excerpt from an article originally published on Engineering News.

A startup founded by second-year Waterloo Engineering students just five years ago would have a market capitalization of US $5.16 billion under a proposed merger to make it a publicly traded company.

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