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 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.

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 Rogers and 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).

#1Research University of the Year in CanadaResearch Infosource 2020
$12.9 billion raised by 474 Waterloo entrepreneurs PitchBook 2020
#2in Canada for employer partnershipsQS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020

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



The GEDI Exchange webinar series is taking a break.

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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 GEDI’s client manager:

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Tom Steckner

Client Manager, GEDI