Conrad School 2021 Review

Thursday, January 27, 2022
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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.

Winter Term

Shane Kilpatrick

Shane Kilpatrick (MBET '18), Founder and CEO of Membio

  • In late January, six teams of Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET)  students participated in the virtual 2021 APEX Business Plan Competition. All winners are MBET 2021 students including, Maaz Hashimi and Arsalan Badar who placed Second Overall for their venture, ASPx; Stefanie Bruinsma who won Second Place in the Elevator Pitch for her venture, MissMechanic; and Hanna Kyoski and Paul Marchildon who won Best Social Enterprise for their venture, Cove. 
  • Two teams consisting of current and former Conrad School undergraduates and MBET students, placed within the top three at the 2021 Jack Rosen Pitch Competition. Tooba Mohtsham and Gabriel Saunders (MBET 2020) took home the top prize for Decomp. Three undergraduate BET course students, Nicholas Jelich (Science and Business '19), Liahm Ruest (Master's of Rhetoric and Communications Design '21) and Alexander Racher (Environment and Business '21) placed in the top three for Team Prokaryo.
  • In March, MBET 2018 alumnus, Shane Kilpatrick was featured in a story on Waterloo News. Kilpatrick is the Founder and CEO of Membio, a Canadian startup focused on developing a bio-manufacturing process that will allow the production of functioning red blood cells in a lab. 
  • NERv Technology Inc., a startup based in Kitchener-Waterloo has raised $3.32 million CAD through a seed round of funding. The co-founding team consists of several University of Waterloo alumni including MBET 2017 graduate, Amr Abdelgawad. Read the full story here.

Spring Term

Fall Term

Yvonne Osagie (MBET ‘23), Founder of Medical Melanin

Yvonne Osagie (MBET ‘23 candidate), Founder of Medical Melanin

  • All eight semi-finalist teams at the fall 2021 Concept $5k are made up of current and former undergraduate BET 300 and/or BET 320 (Entrepreneurial Strategy) and graduate MBET students. The winning teams include Learnlist, PERCare, Hydro House and Microbuild. 
  • Yvonne Osagie, a current part-time MBET student won the Fall 2021 Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch, for her venture Medical Melanin. She started her venture to tackle the problem of Women of Color being misdiagnosed in the medical field at a greater rate compared to non-Women of Color.