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Business and entrepreneurship at Waterloo

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A different kind of business school

Maybe you dream of setting the business world on fire. Or you crave the excitement that comes from being your own boss.

Or perhaps you’ve got other passions, but your parents want you to take a practical degree.

We've got what you're looking for with 17 business-related programs.

Develop 2 areas of expertise

At Waterloo, you'll get a strong business education: accounting, economics, marketing, entrepreneurship, and more – plus the depth of another subject that excites you.

You can combine business with the environment, sports, social sciences, humanities, math, science, or a host of other programs.

11thin the world for creating unicorns: startup companies worth more than $1 billion
300+business-related courses available at Waterloo
Top 10in Canada for business, management, accounting, and finance

Get real-world experience

Through Waterloo's co-op program, you can gain up to 2 years of paid experience with Fortune 500 companies, startups working on the next big idea, or niche leaders.

With 6,900 co-op employers, the choice is yours.

A leader in business education

With 20% of our students in business, accounting, or finance, we're one of the largest universities for business in Canada.

More students means more relevant courses to choose from.


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Waterloo’s Velocity startup program offers the largest free startup incubator in the world.

Startup central

Waterloo Region is one of the world’s top ecosystems for entrepreneurs, with all kinds of services to help you succeed.

World's largest free startup incubator 

Waterloo’s Velocity program has helped students and graduates build more than 215 companies and raise $430 million in capital.

Have a passion for helping others?

St. Paul's GreenHouse helps students who are addressing urgent social issues and building social enterprises.


Student talking across a table to another studentWhether you want to improve the lives of people in refugee camps or clear land mines quickly and safely, your brilliant idea is the first step, not the last. 

"I was really interested in issues like international justice. But I knew the business would give me more options for the future. And then co-op just sealed the deal," says Tim, a student originally from California. 

Read more about Tim and entrepreneurship at Waterloo.


Own your ideas

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.

Enhance your degree

Why not make entrepreneurship a formal part of your degree?

Waterloo’s Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre offers a minor in Entrepreneurship (or option if you're in Engineering).