Lyon Wong is the catalyst behind the Waterloo Engineering | Spectrum 28 Mentor & Venture Fund program. The co-founder and general partner of Spectrum 28, a $170 million Silicon Valley venture capital fund focused on technologies, Lyon believes in investing in teams who “can make history, not just money.” Lyon has been deeply involved in many game-changing ventures from working with Bill Gates at Microsoft to invent 30+ patents to investing in companies now worth over $3 billion dollars.
Lyon was also a partner in Lightspeed Venture Partners, a $3B early stage venture capital firm with teams in the US, China, India, and Israel. Lightspeed focuses on investments in consumer, enterprise infrastructure, internet media and commerce, mobile, digital media and SaaS.
Lyon has a special love for Waterloo – he has backed several Waterloo teams, such as Kite, acquired by Docker and Mattermost, which is currently a Y Combinator company. As a Systems Designs Engineering graduate (2003), Lyon understands the Waterloo Engineering culture and believes in the vast potential of our students (both undergrad and graduate) to solve the truly difficult problems in our world. His goal with this collaborative program that sees Waterloo Engineering partner with Spectrum 28, is to give early entrepreneurial support to promising teams through industry/faculty mentorship and early stage funding. Lyon also holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Follow him @lyonwong
Wayne Chang is the Enterprise Co-op Coordinator at the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, at the University of Waterloo where he also teaches BET 300: New Venture Creation. Wayne is well-known in the Waterloo entrepreneurial ecosystem; he is a frequent guest lecturer, judge, and mentor to young entrepreneurs at Waterloo (with involvement in Velocity and Greenhouse). Wayne is also a Mentor Advisor at The Next 36 – Canada’s National Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative program for undergraduate student start-ups in digital and mobile media. Prior to his career in Waterloo, Wayne worked for seven years in the high-tech sector of Silicon Valley.
Professor Carolyn MacGregor is the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. In this capacity, she works to ensure that Waterloo Engineering delivers the best possible academic experience for Systems Design and Biomedical undergraduate students. With degrees in psychology and engineering, Prof. MacGregor lectures on and conducts research in human factors engineering, user-centred design, and cognitive ergonomics. In this field of cognitive ergonomics, she strives to understand how humans process and manipulate information so that such understanding of limitations and capabilities can be applied to the effective design of tasks, interfaces, and systems.