The GEDI Exchange is part of the Gateway for Enterprises to Discover Innovation (GEDI) at the University of Waterloo.


The GEDI Exchange mission is to support the success of the Waterloo Region’s startups and scaleups by actively promoting collaboration among enterprises of all sizes and with the University of Waterloo. These startups are often founded by UWaterloo faculty, staff, alumni, or students and see value in partnering among themselves, with similar companies from anywhere in the world, and with larger enterprises, for the benefit of everyone to develop and grow to their full potential. It is also a path to connecting with, and remaining connected to, UWaterloo and its broader ecosystem.

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What do we do?

Foster applied research and technology development by leveraging our partner network to support collaboration and accelerate commercialization.

Facilitate high-value interactions by understanding Exchange partner’s goals and values.

Connect our partners to the full innovation capacity and unique engagement opportunities at the University of Waterloo.

Customize your engagement through: talent, research, technology, social impact, campus presence, and entrepreneurship.


What do you get?

Meet GEDI Founding Partners like Cisco and Rogers and corporate partners like BlackBerry.

Connect with other research-backed startups and scaleups.

Product demonstration, speaking, and networking opportunities at campus events.

Accelerate new customer acquisition and increase the impact of collaborative research.

Why the University of Waterloo?

Inventor owned intellectual property (IP) policy drives innovation.

Largest co-op program in the world.

Strong entrepreneurship and startup culture, such as WatCO, Velocity and the Accelerator Centre.

In one of the world’s top 20 startup ecosystems with a regional startup density second only to Silicon Valley (Startup Genome, 2020).

$7.4 billion raised by 408 Waterloo entrepreneurs PitchBook, 2018
#2in Canada for employer partnerships2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings
#1in Canada for undergraduate programs producing startup foundersPitchBook, 2019

The University [has an] active role as a bridge between the Canadian academic and business communities.

GEDI Exchange ecosystem partners

Connect with GEDI

Work with GEDI Client Managers to support your business goals.


Tap into opportunities for growth by building relationships with other GEDI Exchange members, developing new corporate partnerships, participating in GEDI Exchange and UWaterloo events to showcase your brand, exposure to relevant UWaterloo-based IP, and (if applicable) learning about what UWaterloo research and other capabilities could support the development of your product or services offering.

Connect with one of GEDI’s client managers:

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Aaron Pereira

Client Manager, GEDI
519-888-4567, ext. 38022


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Tom Steckner

Client Manager, GEDI
519-888-4567, ext. 36427