On May 17th, the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre welcomed His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, to speak with students in the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET) program.
Last week, the Conrad Centre welcomed a delegation of visitors from Sorbonne Universités, an alliance of several educational institutions located in Paris, France. Invited by Conrad’s Founder and Special Advisor to the President on Entrepreneurship, Prof. Howard Armitage, the delegation came to experience Waterloo’s distinctively innovative ecosystem and learn more about student entrepreneurship programs at the University of Waterloo.
Six Conrad startups will pitch at the Velocity Fund Finals (VFF) on Thursday, November 27. The Velocity Fund is a grant program for startups and aspiring entrepreneurs to win funding through competitions held three times per year. Teams compete for a total of $125,000 at the day-long pitch competition. The event is split into two parts: the $5K competition in the morning, and the $25K competition in the afternoon.
Suncayr is an Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) startup that is determined to make sun protection easier. Although sunscreen is used to block the sun's UV rays, many people don’t know when to reapply the sunscreen in order to stay protected. Fourth-year nanotechnology engineeringstudents, RachelPautler, DerekJouppi, AndrewMartinko, ChadSweeting, andHaydenSoboleski developed the Suncayr marker to solve this problem: the marker changes colour when exposed to UV rays. Users apply the transparent marker ink to their skin before putting on sunscreen, and when the skin is no longer protected from the UV rays by the sunscreen the Suncayr marker ink will become coloured, indicating that sunscreen needs to be reapplied.