Velocity Science, a partnership between the Faculty of Science and Velocity, is an entrepreneurship program focused on enabling students to initiate and develop world-class life and physical science startups by providing them with the right tools and resources.
The program provides undergraduate and graduate student science startups with mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and world-renowned scientists, as well as opportunities to collaborate with peers and share knowledge and expertise.
The discovery space includes wet lab access, high-tech equipment, technical resources and basic consumables that students can use to develop, test and implement their ideas.
GreenHouse is a live-in innovation community specifically designed to support students in the unique challenges and opportunities in pursuing social entrepreneurship. Under the guidance of professional mentors, students in second year or above from various faculties conceive and implement initiatives that create environmental or social justice change. Based out of St. Paul’s University College, students receive specialized learning opportunities, gain valuable skills, build relevant networks, and put their academic knowledge into practice.
The Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre
The Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre is the academic engine for entrepreneurship at Waterloo, offering business and entrepreneurship education for undergraduate students in all faculties. Conrad offers the Minor in Entrepreneurship, an eight-course minor that combines Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (BET) courses with an entrepreneurial experience component, focused on either venture creation or corporate entrepreneurship.
Conrad also offers Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op), in which students earn a co-op credit while building their own business, as well as ten BET courses covering topics such as Venture Creation, Commercialization Management, Social Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneurial Behaviour.
More than a hundred Science undergraduates have benefited from Conrad courses since 2012, including students from Velocity Science startups such as Acorn Cryotech, ExVivo Labs, Lani, Medella Health, Okey Labs, Nerv, RePork, Thalo, Vitameter and Suncayr.