Founders' Circle

The Science and Business Founders’ Circle Program    

This program aims to connect Science and Business students and alumni who are founders of their own businesses (e.g., start-ups, pro-bono consulting) to other Science and Business students who are interested in this space.

This program will serve as a mentorship program for Science and Business students who are specifically looking to learn more about founding their own start-up or joining a team early in the business life cycle.

In addition to the one-on-one mentorship, mentees will meet with each other through bi-weekly workshops and bi-weekly events. We are looking for students who will commit to full participation in all program activities

Accepted mentees of this program will learn together through workshops,   networking events,  socials and  pitch their ideas to established founders. Additionally, they will tour various start-ups, directly interacting with founders and more!

Week-by-week break down: 

*Please note that this schedule may be subject to change. Additionally, please note that bi-weekly workshops will be 2 hours long, with the first hour focused on workshop activities and the second hour for working on your final mock-pitch.   

Week 1   

January 15th – 19th  

Meeting #1: Introductory Meeting  + Social Between Mentees 

  • Discuss expectations   

  • Share timeline    

  • Opportunity for those who have ideas but are looking to build a team  

  • Conducted a Brainstorming workshop 

  • Mentor introduction    

Week 2  

January 22nd – 26th  

Meeting #2: What is your problem?    

  • A guided brainstorming session on identifying ‘problems’  

Week 3   

January 29th – February 2nd  

Meeting #3: The Nitty-Gritty Stuff   

  • Determining a company evaluation

  • Budgeting your initial costs 

Week 4   

February 5th – 9th  

  • Velocity Tour

Week 5   

Febraury 12th – 16th  

Meeting #4: Pitching Homeruns 

  • Crafting the perfect pitch 

Reading Week 

February 19th – 23rd  

Week 6   

February 26th – March 1st  

  • Tour of Waterloo’s Entrepreneur Ecosystem    

Week 7   

March 4th – 8th  

Meeting #5: Getting off the ground   

  • Getting funding   

  • Where to look for grants, angel investors, incubators   

  • Leverage your resources as a university student!   

Week 8   

March 11th – 15th  

  • Tour of LiftOff by CCAWR

Week 9   

March 18th – 22nd  

Meeting #6: Pitch    

  • Mentees have the opportunity to ‘pitch’ ideas they have   

Week 10   

March 25th – 29th  

Meeting #7: Social between Mentees 

  • Reflection