Harnessing the power of problem analysis

The Problem Lab identifies and understands important problems to create innovations with disruptive economic and social consequence. We help established organizations, newly created ventures, and aspiring entrepreneurs recognize obstacles.


Are you interested in entrepreneurship, a problem, or developing your research and analysis skills? Learn how to examine a problem from many different perspectives at an event, workshop, or competition. 

External partners

Businesses, non-profit organizations, charities, and public agencies seek our assistance with problem analysis. Faculty and staff can conduct the analysis, supervise a student team to do so, or help partners create their own analyses.

  1. Mar. 16, 2020The Winners of the Winter 2020 Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch competition
    Student team standing with judges

    This term's finalists demonstrated a deep understanding of important commercial problems affecting multiple industries – from cybersecurity insurance to plastic waste management.

    Congratulations to the winners and all the finalists in this term’s Problem Pitch competition.

  2. Mar. 16, 2020First Year Residence Problem Pitch Cancelled

    In light of the recent COVID-19 situation, the First Year Residence Problem Pitch competition originally scheduled for Thursday, March 19 is postponed until further notice. We still plan to make a formal announcement of all winners at a later date. 

    We thank all competitiors for their effort and work so far and wish everyone well as we all adjust to our new situations. 

    Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconveniences, as the Problem Lab and UWaterloo Housing were looking forward to celebrating the competitors' incredible work. 

  3. Mar. 6, 2020Problem Pitch Finalists Announced

    Winter 2020 Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch Competition Finalists

    To be a successful entrepreneur, it is essential that you find an important problem to solve, and thoroughly understand its scope, scale, and history.

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