Driving social impact through entrepreneurship

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Chinazom Uwaoma’s dream was always to start his own business. And he’s done just that – not once, but twice.

When he arrived in Waterloo from Nigeria to start the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology program, Chinazom experienced first-hand the tight housing market in the region.

This inspired him and fellow MBET student, Ernest Onuorah to create Merge2Own, an online platform that reduces barriers for first-time homebuyers by supporting successful co-ownership.

He’s also working at getting a second venture ESOTE, off the ground. This platform uses AI technology supports startups around the to easily recruit junior and intermediate co-op students from Canadian postsecondary institutions.  ESOTE means “next” in Igbo and connects the company back to Chinazom’s Nigerian roots.

Read more about Chinazom’s entrepreneurial journey, how he taps into the Waterloo ecosystem and balances his startups with full-time work, part-time study and a family life.

Chinazom Uwaoma