We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
Bridging Entrepreneurs to Students (BETS)
The Bridging Entrepreneurs to Students (BETS) program is a specialized co-op program established to support two key groups: junior engineering, mathematics and SAF co-op students, and seed and early-stage startup companies who would not otherwise have the resources to hire full-time staff or co-op students for 16 weeks. The BETS program brings these groups together by pairing teams of two entrepreneurial co-op students with companies for a 12-week project placement.
The program consists of one full week of intensive training and development, followed by a 12-week placement rotation with a startup. The Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business mentors and supports these co-op students throughout the 13-week term, helping them develop transferable employment skills through a series of workshops, seminars, and work-term placements.
A breakdown of the program is available for students to view.
Details for interested startup companies are also available.
"You get out what you put in. That was the first piece of advice I received from my managers on the first day of my work term, becoming a phrase that I would live by from that point on. Through the BETS program, I was fortunate enough to gain entrepreneurial experience during my time with a start-up called Viva. Apart from the spectacular services and social impact initiatives that I was able to partake in, the part of this experience for which I can never be grateful enough for was having the opportunity to work directly under the co-founders. Every minute was a learning experience, and being able to pick the minds of two young entrepreneurs on the journey of scaling their venture idea provided me with great knowledge on what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Working in the fast-paced start-up environment, I needed to adapt to the quick turnover, truly preparing me for future work experiences. However, the most important learning I took away from this experience was the value of relationships.
Restricted to working online, it was likely that it would be difficult connecting with co-workers, but at my placement that was not the case. The co-founders worked hard to impose a strong team culture, and even when communicating through laptop screens, it really felt like a family was nurtured. With this culture, it was frankly a parallel relationship; as they push each team member to grow professionally, we each play our part in the growth of the start-up."
- JEYANATH YOGARATNASINGAM, 2B Accounting and Financial Management
For more information on the BETS program, please contact Esteban Veintimilla.
The Conrad School is grateful to The Esch Foundation for its generous support of the BETS program.