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Funding available for engineering student ventures 

There are entrepreneurship funds/programs that engineering students can apply to assist with new venture creation and/or Capstone project goals. These programs are generously supported by alumni, faculty, staff, industry and friends.

Engineer of the Future Fund

With the support of our alumni in Canada and abroad, the Dean of Engineering has created a first in Canada the Engineer of the Future Fund – a pool of discretionary micro-seed funding for budding entrepreneurs at Waterloo Engineering. How to apply

The Norman Esch Entrepreneurship Award provides a minimum of six awards, ranging in value from $5,000 -$10,000 each, for student teams enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering's Fourth-Year Capstone Design Project. The awards are open to student teams from all departments within the Faculty of Engineering. How to apply

Palihapitiya Lau Venture Creation Fund

Now available to all Waterloo Engineering departments, the Palihapitiya Lau Venture Creation Fund provides two $50,000 awards to university-selected Capstone Design teams whose intention is to transform their Capstone Design project into a promising startup post-graduation. 

Personal Growth Mentorship 

Formerly the Waterloo Engineering|Spectrum 28 Mentor & Venture Program this program is currently undergoing rebranding.