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Waterloo is world-renowned for its strength in innovation and co-operative education. A signature program at Waterloo, Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) allows students to pursue an entrepreneurial co-op option in which students start their own business while earning a co-op credit.
After graduation, E Co-op students continue with their venture, begin a new one, or use their E Co-op know-how to obtain employment. E Co-op is a great experience that builds business knowledge, capabilities, and independence that employers value.
Important Winter 2022 update
In alignment with Waterloo's COVID-19 pandemic response, Enterprise Co-op for the Winter 2022 term will be delivered virtually.
For important updates and more information about how COVID-19 is impacting Waterloo operations, please visit the main Coronavirus Information page.
Application deadline notice
Winter 2022 term applications will be accepted on a rolling basis within posting cycles. The application deadline is Monday, December 13, 2021.
E Co-op is open to students from all faculties.
Have you been thinking about a new business concept? Whether it's no-tech, low-tech, high-tech, service, consulting, or more. If you have an idea you want to take to market and have the passion to build your venture, E Co-op may be for you. We are looking for students with:
- a well-formulated idea
- a strong understanding of the target market
- the drive to excel as an entrepreneur
How does it work?
As an E Co-op student, you’ll enter the program during a work term with a business idea and the drive to turn it into a business. Over your term, you’ll receive ongoing mentoring and feedback on your business development. You’ll be part of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports and propels students to succeed. You will have:
- a wide network of mentors, entrepreneurs, and professionals
- the opportunity to apply for the Norman Esch Enterprise Co-op Awards
- practical workshops and seminars to help you build your business
- access to conference passes, distinguished guest speakers, and presentation
Want to get even more out of your Enterprise Co-op experience?
Our limited-enrollment BET 300 and BET 400 courses are only available to students who are committed to starting a venture through E Co-op, Concept, or on their own.
E Co-op student testimonials
Enterprise Co-op for me started as an opportunity to work on my own company as part of my Co-op education. Very quickly though, it became so much more. It has been full of relevant workshops, tailored resources, experienced mentorship and most of all, like-minded individuals who share the same journey and struggles of entrepreneurship. The ECo-op program has helped me accelerate my business faster than I could have expected.
E Co-op lets you build your idea. It gave me the freedom to prove myself wrong, the resources to find new paths forward, and connected me to a community of peers equally dedicated to improvement.
The Enterprise Co-op program was a truly valuable experience for my studio as it helped me to legitimatize my once side-hobby into a fully-fledged business. The program provided numerous resources that taught me what it takes to take a business off the ground and has also played a pivotal role in bringing in clients and design work for the studio. The Enterprise Co-op program helped me to learn what it takes to run a business and I would recommend it to any emerging student entrepreneurs that want to take the next step.