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2016 Year End Wrap Up

2016 wrap up

December has begun, which means the year is beginning to wrap up. Exams are about to start, the weather has turned cold, and the prospect of a break from classes and assignments glimmers in the near future.

Taking the CEO seat for a day

Bjorn Dawson with Elyse Allan, President and CEO of GE Canada 

Have you ever wondered what the leaders of today's largest companies are like in person? Wouldn't it be amazing to job shadow one of these CEOs? Two Waterloo students were lucky enough to have that opportunity.

Paying it forward to teachers

Do you think teaching is an easy job? One mathematics student had this mindset but quickly changed his tune after he visited some of his old high school teachers and realized just how challenging the profession is. 

"You Are My ______"

Telling someone what they mean to you can be so powerful. A Fine Arts student decided to turn a class project into wearable art and a community-building initiative.

Excelling in entrepreneurship thanks to on-campus support

Above: Dominic Toselli (left) and Andrew Andrade, co-founders of PetroPredict.

The launch of a new start-up company by two UWaterloo Velocity students is helping to prove that win-win situations can exist between energy companies and the environment. 

Pitching for kidney care

Engineering student competes for one million dollar prize in 43North

Next week, Qidni Labs will be one of 113 companies to pitch for a $1 million USD prize in the 43North semi-finals. The start-up, headed by Engineering alumni Morteza Ahmadi and fourth-year Engineering student Andrew Medonca, is based out of Velocity Science and is one of only seven companies headed to the 43North semifinals from Canada. In fact, they are the only company pitching from Kitchener-Waterloo.

Student entrepreneurs pitch for $100k

Velocity startups take to the stage to compete for $100,000 award

The tenth Velocity Fund Finals (VFF) kicked off in the Student Life Centre with 10 teams pitching their startup ideas to the crowded Great Hall. The teams were competing for one of four $25,000 cheques. Companies pitched ideas that would change how people test for allergies, improve how people garden at home and more.

Winter 2014 VeloCity Fund Finals

Photo credit: Shubhagata Sengupta

Four VeloCity startups wins $100,000 award

At the ninth VeloCity Fund Finals on March 27, 10 innovative teams of students and young alumni took over the stage to pitch their startups. Four were chosen by VeloCity judges to win $25,000 each and a spot to grow their business at VeloCity Garage.

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.

$100K handed out to student entrepreneurs

Students take home over $100,000 at VeloCity Fund Finals

For the 8th VeloCity Fund Finals, 10 amazing teams pitched their startups to compete for one of four $25,000 cheques and a place in the VeloCity Garage. Companies pitched ideas that would improve education, retail location planning, online shopping and more.

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