Waterloo Residences acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River.
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.
Need to get a hold of us? Contact us: email@example.com
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 speakers, Communitech 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:
- First-Year Problem Pitch Contest
- Food with Founder Dinner (Partnered with Velocity)
- Pitch Karaoke
- Entrepreneurial speakers in Residence
- Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Tours
- Velocity and WERC Pitch Competitions
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:
- A connection to the entrepreneurship ecosystem
Program & Year: 4th year, Honours Nanotechnology Engineering
Entrepreneurial Background: Founder and Lead of Sofar Sounds Waterloo, co-founder of Startup Waterloo, founder of reboot, Board Member of the Entrepreneurship Society (EntSoc), a local events curation consultant, and e-commerce experimenter.
Outside of work I enjoy: Producing and performing music with my band.
What I look forward to as an EIR: Exploring new problem spaces and creative solutions with incoming students. Email Amit.
Ask me about:
- Tech start-ups
- Organizational skills
- Pitch business and leadership coaching
- Scaling ventures
- Velocity, EntSoc & Music
Program & Year: 4th year, Arts & Business
Entrepreneurial Background: Founder of SheLeads and winner of the Velocity $25K, providing assessment solutions to organizations that serve women.
Outside of work I enjoy: Community events, reading and watching TV.
What I look forward to as an EIR: Learning from students and applying my entrepreneurial experience to a new space. Email Cassie.
Ask me about:
- Turning a passion into business
- Greenhouse social impact incubator
- Socially driven projects
- Video games
Program & Year: 4th year, Global Business and Digital Arts
Entrepreneurial Background: I operate a design studio working with clients from multinational banks to start-ups in California. Previously, I helped with establishing Intrapreneurship at RBC (think entrepreneurs innovating within a big company).
Outside of work I enjoy: More work! Just kidding, you can find me rock climbing or snowboarding. Sometimes, I like to paint.
Ask me about:
- Side Hustles
- Getting involved on campus
- Personal Branding
- Studying abroad
- Best bubble tea place in Waterloo
Program & Year: 3rd year, Arts & Business
Entrepreneurial Background: I am involved in a Startup called ThisisUnik.com, and previously worked in co-op positions to detect gaps and create solutions at TD and RBC in the project management, technology & operations departments.
Outside of work I enjoy: Discovering what makes people happy, and creating my own profile of creative work including my photography.
What I look forward to as an EIR: FInteracting with all the students in residence and driving impact to create a safe, healthy, and fun environment. I also look forward to learning about myself in the process, and what it means to be a hands-on peer mentor. Email Jenushika.
Ask me about:
- Creating efficiency in the workplace
- Social media & brand outreach
- Marketing/Persuasion Tactics
- Pitch Presentation Skills
- The ARBUS (Arts & Business) program
Frequently asked questions
Who is WERC for?
WERC is for all students living on-campus here at the University of Waterloo. Any resident can join and participate in events. This isn't just for one floor; it's for every resident in Waterloo Residences. It's also not just for first-years – it's for upper-years, Dons, etc. in rez as a way to enable connections and networking opportunities.
What are Entrepreneurs in Residence?
EIRs will be seeking out students to mentor throughout the term, and will run small events connecting residents to a supportive community and entrepreneurship resources.
Is there a deadline to join WERC?
The mailing list is located on the WERC home page. We prefer students to join WERC early in the term so that they can grow their skills progressively as the term goes on. However, anyone is welcome to join half-way through the school year, or whenever they are ready to participate.
Who is WERC run by?
WERC is an initiative of the Department of Housing and Residences alongside Velocity. Now in its fourth year, this initiative falls within the umbrella of Living-Learning programs.
How can you help?
UWaterloo aims to be the most innovative University in the world and WERC will be a key way of inspiring students to become entrepreneurial (whether in a job, in a start-up, or in a non-profit).
WERC will be the first-step of many entrepreneurial journeys. Contact us if you have an idea on how you could help. Also, please encourage others to sign up for the program by becoming a member on the WERC home page.
How will the success of WERC be measured?
In addition to measuring quality and quantity of student engagement in the WERC program, there will be an entrepreneurship question included in the Experience Evaluation (which is sent to students half-way through the term). The question will read: “To what degree has living on campus increased your desire to be entrepreneurial, as an employee and/or by starting your own business?” It is our goal that over 50% of students living in Waterloo Residences will respond either “Moderately” or “Extremely.” If this program does not expose students to entrepreneurship resources or inspire students to be entrepreneurial, then the program will not continue.