Maybe you had a lemonade stand when you were 8, started a club, ran a tutoring business in Grade 9 science, or taught swimming lessons in your backyard pool. You're an entrepreneur.
Whether you need the expertise and resources to help you move forward with your idea, or just want to learn more about entrepreneurship, Waterloo can help you reach your goals!
Your ideas are your own
Unlike most universities where ideas belong to the university, Waterloo allows you to capitalize on the ideas you generate on campus. You own your ideas through what may be the most entrepreneurial-oriented intellectual property (IP) policy in North America.
So whether you're a new student or a long-term professor, you can take your ideas and turn them into a business. And we can help with that!
Support to launch your ideas
An entrepreneurial hub at Waterloo, Velocity has helped students create more than 100 companies by providing space, technology, funding, and mentorship.
- Velocity Science: provides the tools for launching science companies like ExVivo Labs which builds next generation medical diagnostic tools.
- Velocity Residence: live with other like-minded students and share ideas to create change.
- Velocity Foundry: helps students develop hardware and life and materials sciences startups.
- Velocity Garage offers workspace and mentorship in the leading entrepreneurial environment in Canada.
Since the launch of the Velocity incubator, companies from the Velocity startup program have raised more than $250 million in funding from investors. Established companies include Kik, Pebble, and Thalmic Labs.
St. Paul's GreenHouse
As Canada's first and only live-in accelerator focused on social innovation and entrepreneurship, St. Paul's GreenHouse helps students who are addressing urgent social issues and building student-led social enterprises.
Live with others who share your ambitious attitude, desire for change, and entrepreneurial spirit. You'll also benefit from special programming as well as space, mentorship, funding, and peer-to-peer support.
Waterloo grad Natalie MacNeil was inspired to create one of the world's top blogs for women entrepreneurs while on a trip to Europe during her fourth year.
Now she's an Emmy Award-winning media producer and best-selling author frequently cited by Forbes, Mashable, and the Huffington Post.
Use a co-op work term to build your own business through Enterprise Co-op. You'll work with mentors and learn the tools you need to bring your ideas to life.
You can also earn a minor in Entrepreneurship (or option if you're in Engineering) and build your knowledge and experience with numerous competitions, clubs, and events in the areas of business and entrepreneurship.
Ways to get involved
- Hack the North – Canada's largest hack-a-thon
- Entrepreneurship student society – comprehensive resources for students
- Velocity Fund – funding for start-ups
- On-campus Accelerator Centre – an intensive, milestone-driven program to help get business concepts off the ground
- Waterloo Innovation Summit
- Communitech – association of 1,000 local technology companies that plays host to events, special guests, and support
Learn more about entrepreneurship at Waterloo.