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Waterloo Entrepreneurship Residence Connection


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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.

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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 - EIR

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

Cassie - EIR

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 - EIR

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

Lassa - EIR

Lassa Armour-Shillingford

Program & Year: 4A Urban Planning

Entrepreneurial Background: I am the founder of Hair by Lassa, Founder of the D.R.E.A.M. foundation and have tinkered with many other event planning and social outreach projects in the past.

Outside of work I enjoy: Being with friends and family, traveling, exploring and eating food (preferably Indian food).

What I look forward to as an EIR: Fostering an environment that enables students to grow their ideas while creating a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem. Email Lassa.

Ask me about: 

  • Starting a Physical Business
  • Social Outreach
  • Blue Ocean Strategy
  • Pitch Presentation Skills
  • Urban Planning

2017/2018 WERC Communications and Marketing Lead

Christina - EIR

Christina Borota

Program & Year: 4A Environment and Business

Marketing Background: I’ve been working in social media for approximately a year, which sparked my interests in entrepreneurship and the technology scene of Kitchener/Waterloo. Most recently, I worked for Velocity as their Marketing and Communications Assistant which solidified my passion for empowering others to explore entrepreneurship as an option!

Outside of work I enjoy: I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, cooking, and working out!

What I look forward to with WERC: Empowering students to do what they love through our programming. I remember that as a first year student, I never thought I would be interested in the world of technology and entrepreneurship, so I am excited to help others find their passions early on in their university careers with WERC! Email Christina.

Ask me about: 

  • Professional Social Media Presence
  • LinkedIn / Resume Tips
  • Velocity Programs
  • Fitness

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