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Waterloo Entrepreneurship Residence Connection


WERC is a community with mentors (Entrepreneurs in Residence), resources, and events to help each student of the community grow in their entrepreneurial skills and meet like-minded individuals.

In short, WERC is a student's first-step into entrepreneurship at the University of Waterloo and available to anyone in or affiliated with residence. Become a member by joining the WERC mailing list.


Join your WERC community


Is your passion to be a great co-op employee, start your own business, or to create a social project to change the world? Become a member by joining the WERC mailing list.


Find out more and get exclusive access to events and support in your first-year. Make sure to keep up-to-date on great events such as presentations from TED Talk speakersCommunitech tours, and more.


Activities & Events


By joining the WERC community, you will have access to events, people and mentors interested the areas of business, design, and creative thinking from residence, on campus and in the Waterloo community.

Examples of WERC planned events include:

  • Networking dinners
  • Entrepreneurship Boot camp
  • Mini Hackathons
  • Entrepreneurship Fair

Entrepreneurs in Residence


Entrepreneurs in Residence [EIRs] are essential to bridging students living in Waterloo Residences to their potential entrepreneurial success. The Waterloo Entrepreneurship Residence Connection [WERC] program wouldn't be possible without them!

The EIR role provides students in residence with:

  • Programming
  • Mentorship
  • Events
  • Workshops
  • A connection to the entrepreneurship ecosystem

2017/2018 EIRs



Amit Mehta

Program & Year: 3B Nanotechnology Engineering  

Entrepreneurial Background: I’m the Co-Founder of Startup Waterloo, Co-Founder of Sofar Sounds Waterloo, Founder of, and outgoing Co-President of the Entrepreneurship Society at UWaterloo.

Outside of work I enjoy: I love playing music, teaching drums, and performing with my band.

What I look forward to as an EIR: I am looking forward to working together with students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, and help them grow their ideas from concept to something tangible! I am excited to explore new types of entrepreneurship with different students. Email Amit.

Ask me about: 

  • Tech start-ups
  • Organizational skills
  • Pitch business and leadership coaching
  • Scaling ventures
  • Velocity, EntSoc & Music


Cassandra Myers

Program & Year: Peace and Conflict Studies and Business, 2018

Entrepreneurial Background: Won Veloity 5K for my startup SheLeads, a web-based game that encourages leadership skills in girls aged 6-10.

Outside of work I enjoy: Painting, fishdome on iPad, lots of scrabble and more Netflix.

What I look forward to as an EIR: Learning from some amazing students as we work together to bring ideas to life. Email Cassandra.

Ask me about: 

  • Feminism
  • Turning a passion into business
  • Greenhouse social impact incubator
  • Socially driven projects
  • Video games


Vishal Vinod

Program & Year: Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (MBET) Class of 2018

Entrepreneurial Background: I was part of the founding team of a startup that focused on designing a better future in menstrual hygiene; instrumental in streamlining processes for the company and setting up the production unit from scratch.

Outside of work I enjoy: Traveling, being a food junkie, playing cricket, football and badminton.

What I look forward to as an EIR: As an EIR, I seek to ignite the entrepreneurial spark in Waterloo residence students and motivate them to take up entrepreneurship as a life option. Email Vishal.

Ask me about: 

  • Self-management
  • Critical thinking
  • Overcoming barriers
  • Social impact projects
  • Pool


Daihan Zhu

Program & Year: 3A Global Business and Digital Arts

Entrepreneurial Background: In the past, I’ve worked on the intrapreneurship team at RBC. Currently, I am a freelance designer working with startups around the world.

Outside of work I enjoy: When I'm not designing, you can find me outdoors, hiking, climbing or trail riding.

What I look forward to as an EIR: I look forward to helping you solve human centric problems and build a more inclusive entrepreneurial community right here on campus. Email Daihan.

Ask me about: 

  • Freelance design
  • Personal branding
  • Campus involvement
  • Story telling through blogging
  • Snapachat filters

Frequently asked questions


Waterloo Residences

Social endeavours, venture start-ups, entrepreneurial employment, co-op jobs

Entrepreneurs in Residence

Winter 2017 EIR profiles

Please contact Krystal Kowalski for more information or if you're ready to get to work with WERC.