E Co-op and BETS students start training for the upcoming term!

Monday, May 6, 2013

BETS students collaborate during training session.

It’s training week at Conrad for our one of a kind undergraduate programs! During the first weeks of the spring term, the Conrad Centre will be buzzing with extra activity. We will be training a new group of students for the  Bridging Entrepreneurs to Students (BETS) and Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) programs to set them up for a successful term!

Students of each program will be going through a series of training exercises, workshops, and lectures taught by Conrad faculty and other experts, to teach them about entrepreneurship and business, and prepare them for working in a vibrant startup environment.

E Co-op

E Co-op is a signature program within the University of Waterloo’s world-renowned co-op program, providing support and training for students who want to use their summer co-op term to start a business, and allowing them to earn a co-op credit while doing so.

This week, E Co-op students will be enjoying a series of lectures and workshops on topics spanning from business essentials such as marketing and sales, to entrepreneurial essentials such as business plan creation, and how to pitch your business idea.

At the end of their training week we will be hosting the E-Launch awards where students will be given the opportunity to present their business idea to a panel of judges. The judges will award five prizes of $4000 each to the students with the best business ideas to fund the launch of their new ventures.


The BETS program is a unique co-op program run through the Conrad Centre that helps students develop transferable and employable skills. In the program, Conrad facilitates a series of micro work term placements between first year engineering students and local startup or early-stage businesses. Students are hosted by early stage startup businesses that are selected by Conrad based their ability to deliver an engaging, high-impact learning experience for their co-op employees.

Throughout the course of the 12 week program students will receive over 80 hours of training and development. For the next two weeks students will be participating in skills and personality assessments, and workshops on team building, business writing, communications skills, business plan writing, and more in order to prepare them for their coming work terms. The students will continue to receive training and support throughout the 12 weeks in order to prepare them for their three upcoming placements.

The Conrad Centre’s undergraduate programs are open to University of Waterloo students who are interested in starting their own enterprise or working in a startup environment. To find out more about each program, visit our Undergraduate Students page. Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date on this week’s events. 

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