Get Started with our Programs

At Environment, there are many different paths to becoming a green entrepreneur. Whether you are working on an entrepreneurial project for a course, or developing a new business idea, you can take advantage of the partnerships and programs that Entrepreneurship at Environment offers.

velocity start @ environment logoVelocity Start @ Environment

Velocity Start @ Environment is a partnership between Entrepreneurship at Environment and Velocity. Velocity Start @ Environment provides resources and support for environment students to help develop their startups.

The United Nations has recognized that Entrepreneurship and Innovation are key drivers in working towards its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Velocity Start @ Environment uses the SDG’s a guiding force in helping students turn their ideas into reality.

Velocity Startup Coaches are available to chat with you about anything you need help with, and have diverse backgrounds in, but not limited to, software, hardware, business, and science.

Please fill out our contact form if you're interested in meeting with a Velocity Startup Coach.

St Pauls GreenHouse logoGreenHouse

GreenHouse is designed to support students in the unique challenges and opportunities in pursuing social entrepreneurship. Under the guidance of professional mentors, students from various faculties conceive and implement initiatives creating environmental or social justice change.

Based out of St. Paul’s University College, students receive specialized learning opportunities, gain valuable skills, build relevant networks, and put their academic knowledge into practice. From cycling, to robotics to ridding the world of landmines, find out how GreenHouse is mobilizing students to tackle the SDG’s with social enterprises.

To connect with someone at GreenHouse contact:

tania del mattoTania Del Matto
Director of GreenHouse
tdelmatt@uwaterloo.ca

jack rosen memorial awardJack Rosen Memorial Award

Do you have an innovative idea for a product, process, program or service to prevent, mitigate or solve an environmental problem? Apply for the Jack Rosen Memorial Award with your unique solution. If you’re one of the top entries, you’ll be invited to ‘pitch’ your idea in a Dragon’s Den style competition for a chance to walk away with the $2,000 grand prize.

The competition runs every fall term, and Entrepreneurship at Environment offers students guidance and workshops throughout the course of the contest.

Other entrepreneurship resources:

Courses

lightbulbsIn addition to our extracurricular programs, the Faculty of Environment offers credit-based courses with ideation and entrepreneurship built right in.

Winter 2018 - Heather Hall
(0.50) SEM

In this seminar course, learn about programs and policies promoting innovation, discuss the nature of innovation and entrepreneurship, and work towards achieving ​economic and sustainable development goals.

Spring 2018 - Sean Geobey
(0.50) LAB, LEC, SEM, TUT

In this multi-component course, explore how innovative ideas can have a broad, durable impact on a system, including the impacts and problems of laws and policies, and the interrelated roles of the local and global scales.

Fall 2018 - Heather Hall
(0.50) LEC

In this course, learn all about entrepreneurship in the economy, with a focus on the environmental industry and green technologies. Find out about the market- and policy-based influences on current dynamics of the entrepreneurial world.

Spring 2018 - Sean Geobey
(0.50) LEC

Through a case study of urbanization and poverty in a developing country, understand the challenges of starting, funding, and operating social-change ventures, and learn about innovative tools and partnerships that facilitate social change.