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Pharmacy students get down to business

Each year, universities go head to head to create the most innovative business plan in the field of pharmacy. This year, a Waterloo team came out on top at the Pharmsave Business Competition, winning the top prize of $5,000.

Rockstar Café: a youth-centric community

Mark Kryshtalskyj is working to make Rockstar Café more than just your average tea and coffee house.

In January, Mark was accepted into the Next 36 program for his idea of a zero-waste coffeehouse that connected young people looking to make an impact. It's an idea steeped in a desire to blend sustainability, coffee and the youth community. 

Bridging cultures with a new startup

Exploring and learning about different cultures may seem like a dream come true for some. An Economics and Business student has taken his intercultural experiences to launch a startup that seeks to connect Aboriginal communities and their resources to investors in Asia.

Turning an idea into an e-boutique opportunity

Photos by Tanja-Tiziana Burdi for NOW! Magazine.

Rose Athena is an e-boutique that allows women to put together their own personalized dresses and to purchase them online. Customers can choose from over 2,500 dress designs, each garment handcrafted from quality materials and tailored specifically to their style and form, including neckline, sleeve length, and hemline.

Growing up and out

Engineering student expands her organic food business into Kitchener-Waterloo

Guest blog by Emily Peat

My name is Emily Peat and I’m in 4A Civil Engineering here at the University of Waterloo. I started a small organic food delivery business, EcoPlace Organics, in 2012 through the Enterprise Co-op program. Recently I announced an exciting new step for my business; we merged with Eat Green Organics, London’s largest and oldest organic delivery company, which allows EcoPlace to expand into Kitchener-Waterloo.

Fashionably conscious

Photo from Waterloo Stories

Engineering students launch socially conscious clothing company

“Everybody wears clothes, but not everyone will support a social cause, “ says graduating Mechanical Engineering student Aleks Poldma, but he and his classmate Spencer Kelly set out to change that last year. The duo wants to turn the average consumer into a social benefactor and they plan to do that with Hydrated World, a clothing company that donates money to the Safe Water Project in Africa for every five items sold. 

What’s under there?

Fourth-year Computer Science student promotes consent with underwear

Amulya Sanagavarapu is a 4B Computer Science student graduating in June. She is also the founder of a new company, Feminist StyleSoon, Amulya’s company will sell consent-themed underwear for men and women, but her goal extends past retail – she wants to create a cultural shift. 

The Bombe

Student launches new data analysis tool for scientists

Fourth-year Business and Computer Science student Jack Gao met his business partners at The Next 36, a program designed to nurture entrepreneurship in 36 Canadian undergraduates. Jack got together with Eddie Kim, University of Guelph and Susie Pan, Queen’s University, with one goal in mind – to keep Canada on the cutting edge of science.

Under 30 & Thriving

Environment and Business student makes Forbes 30 Under 30 list

“This is the time to be young and ambitious,” writes Forbes at the beginning of their 30 Under 30 list, featuring young prodigies who are innovating 15 different fields of industry. This year, uWaterloo has made a fair contribution to the list, including 21-year old Environment and Business student Douglas Lusted.

Sustainable commitment

Environment & Business students work with Jack Johnson on environmental initiatives

Environment and Business (EB) fourth year students Emily Ma, Kelly Huang, Kirat Maloka, and Alexandra Ramos are bringing music and environmental sustainability to the masses. Under the name of EcoShift Consultants, the students are working with the Jack Johnson All At Once (AAO) campaign to use social media to promote the AAO’s goals of gaining support for sustainable local food systems and plastic free initiatives.

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