Twenty years’ worth celebrating

Friday, November 18, 2022

Last month, the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business celebrated its 20-year anniversary.

In 2002, we opened our doors to welcome the first cohort of the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program, with a mission to expand on Waterloo’s culture of entrepreneurship.

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Two decades later, our ­­graduates have launched successful start-ups and innovated in companies globally. They’ve raised millions in series funding, taking top prizes in national and international pitch competitions, and ranked among the best and brightest of the world’s talent. The Conrad School has become a vital component of the University of Waterloo’s entrepreneurial education and innovation ecosystem.

“In the Conrad School’s first year, 22 brave students came to study with Howard Armitage and an intrepid group of faculty borrowed from departments across campus. How amazing that 8 of those first students were able to attend our celebration!” said Mark Weber, Eyton Director of the Conrad School. “That intake of 22 students to one new program with a single full-time faculty member has grown to 3,250 students this year engaging with Conrad School through 7 programs with 16 full-time faculty members. This is a remarkable school doing remarkable things!”

What all will the next 20 years bring? We don’t have a crystal ball, but what we do know is that with brilliant students, dedicated faculty and staff, and immense support from the entrepreneurial community, the scale and direction Conrad School is heading is limitless.

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