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A Uniquely Entrepreneurial University

2018 GOAL » Solidify Waterloo’s global leadership in all forms of entrepreneurship education, practice and research

Entrepreneurship at Waterloo isn’t business as usual — extending from its classrooms to global communities, from research labs to innovative startups, it’s a spirit defined by a burning desire to make things better. Waterloo embraces entrepreneurial approaches in teaching, learning and scholarship — educating, inspiring and employing people who lead change.


Waterloo will lead Canada’s innovation agenda and aspire to be recognized as a uniquely entrepreneurial university. By 2018 these efforts will:

  • Enhance student opportunities to participate in entrepreneurial activities
  • Build relationships and generate opportunities with entrepreneurial communities and agencies
  • Advance commercialization and other forms of utilization of leading-edge entrepreneurial research and intellectual property
  • Make entrepreneurship a key element of the Waterloo brand

Measuring progress and outcomes

Entrepreneurship is promoted both in academic programs, research and in practice at Waterloo, and throughout Waterloo’s vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial practices are encouraged in every aspect of the Waterloo community – among faculty, students and staff. Progress and outcomes measures for entrepreneurship reflect this complex theme.

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Innovation in teaching, commercialization of research, scholarship, and experiential learning — best exemplified by co-op education — are longstanding pillars of this institution. Waterloo is uniquely placed among universities to address the growing societal need for more innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to “big” problems facing both public and private sectors.

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Uniquely entrepreneurial theme leadership

Jay Shah heads a team of University stakeholders whose agenda is to increase opportunities for entrepreneurial learning, support and research, build national and international leadership and create recognizable impact in entrepreneurship at Waterloo.