The Zero Experience

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You don't need experience to make an impact

What could you accomplish if you had a problem that you cared about, and that affected millions of people? What if you had the freedom and resources to actually solve it?

Distinguish yourself as a leader in innovation

If you want a great career, you need to stand out from the crowd.

The Zero Experience differentiates you. You’ll build a network of experts to support you, solve problems affecting millions of people, and learn how to make your visions a reality.

There is no other guided experience in UW that offers these benefits – if you’re a student and want to become more employable, join the Zero Experience.

"Honestly, this is the best experience for me so far since I came to Waterloo… Don’t regret any moment of work here."

  1A Alumni, Fall 2020

Part-time innovation, no experience required

We all get asked the same question; “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Whether it’s choosing a university, a career, or in any conversation with relatives, that question pops up.

The answer we think in response is usually simple; “We don’t know.”

The Zero Experience will let you find out. You’ll try analyzing problems, interviewing industry mentors, designing new solution ideas, leading tightly knit teams of peers, and applying all these skills to your personal goals and growth.

There is no faster way to grow as a person than to attempt making something worth creating. We are here to give you that opportunity in the Zero Experience.

“I think anyone who feels kind of…lost…or out of place in their university program would benefit A lot from the Zero Experience. For me personally, it gave me the inspiration to continue in my program because Zero showed me that innovation is literally everywhere. And that I don't just have to continue on in academia and become a professor… but that I could make something really cool that helps a lot of people.”

2A Alumni, Winter 2021



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