Building pathways and partnerships for venture creation
Are you a Faculty of Environment undergraduate or graduate student? Do you have an idea to create a better future, or to solve a problem? Entrepreneurship at Environment ( E @ E ) is here to help!
E @ E is a group of entrepreneurship mentors that are dedicated to helping students succeed in the development of startup businesses and innovative ideas. But E @ E is not just for start-ups - it's for all students.
What does E @ E do?
Information and guidance
We are available to answer any questions you may have. We have weekly drop-in sessions at our office, located in Environment 2 (EV2) room 2004. You can also schedule a meeting with one of our team members.
We host several events including workshops, practice sessions and networking events to help you brainstorm your ideas, build your business plans, and help you prepare your pitches and presentations.
We have dedicated workspaces and meeting spaces for you to learn about entrepreneurship and collaborate on your ideas.
Mentorship and coaching
We are connected to partners across campus as well as industry partners and our newly welcomed Entrepreneur in Residence to provide you with guidance, advice and mentorship.
Taking risks and transforming our passion for sustainability into companies, organizations and movements using United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as our guide.
At Environment, there are many different paths to becoming a green entrepreneur. From developing an idea in one of our pitching competitions to working on an entrepreneurial project for a course, you can find a path that suits you. If the latter interests you, check out the following credit courses offered within the Faculty with ideation and entrepreneurship built right in. They include:
- ENBUS 203 - Green Entrepreneurship
- ENBUS 403 - Sustainable Entrepreneurship Project
- INTEG 121 - Collaboration, Design Thinking and Problem Solving
- INDEV 308 - Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
- ECDEV 605 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
- ENBUS 612 - Social Entrepreneurship and Scaling Social Innovation
As well, United College also offers a Minor in Indigenous Entrepreneurship (IndEnt) to students registered in any University of Waterloo degree program. Students may register for the IndEnt Minor in their second year of study or at any time thereafter. Check out these additional opportunities through the college:
- Join GreenHouse, a social impact incubator where innovators can receive mentorship, training, and funding to build and launch their own social/environmental projects or work collaboratively on an innovation challenge provided by a social-purpose organization.
- Join the Indigenous Entrepreneurship incubator, a community-driven space where Indigenous students can explore their entrepreneurial aspirations and contribute to the growth of Indigenous economies.
As we face the environmental challenges of the 21st Century – from climate action to green energy, and from clean water to the circular economy – some are calling for a shift to green entrepreneurship. But what exactly is green entrepreneurship, and how can youth, students and entrepreneurs connect to this emerging field?
The University of Waterloo’s Entrepreneurship @ Environment (E@E) office, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), an the CEC’s EcoInnovation Network have joined forces to develop a six-part series exploring key ideas in green entrepreneurship. Watch the workshops to learn more!
We always encourage grand ideas, but we support all those who are motivated. You could be seeking support for an entrepreneurial project for one of your courses, or you could be freelancing, looking to organize an event, or starting your own blog or tutoring group. No matter what it is, if you are open-minded and seeking to start something new, our mentors can guide you along in the process. Reach out to us!