• Every term

      UWaterloo students, staff and faculty

      Multiple sessions

      Program Overview

      The Velocity $5K pitch competition offers the opportunity for students to showcase their innovative business ideas and compete for grant funding.

      24 teams are selected to compete in the semi-finals. From there, a panel of live judges will narrow down the field to 8 teams to pitch in the finals, where 4 teams are selected live to win a prize of $5,000 each.

      Through the process, participants receive valuable feedback, pitching experience, and idea validation from a network of experienced entrepreneurs and Velocity Coaches.

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    • Every term

      One-time event

      Co-op Students

      Program Overview

      Each term, up to two co-op students are awarded the Co-op Problem Award. This award recognizes an outstanding problem analysis of an important problem relevant to a co-op employer or the employer’s industry.

      Co-operative Education and the Problem Lab offer students the opportunity to win a First Prize Tuition Scholarship of $1,500 or Second Prize Tuition Scholarship of $750, applicable to the next academic term.

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    • Anytime

      Undergraduate students

      Program Overview

      This signature program allows you to pursue an entrepreneurial co-op option in which students start your own business while earning co-op credit. After graduation, E Co-op students continue with their venture, begin a new one, or use their E Co-op know-how to obtain employment. E Co-op is a great experience that builds business knowledge, capabilities, and independence that employers value.

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    • September 2022

      Graduate students

      Fulltime-program / Courses

      Program Overview

      The University of Waterloo is awarding Entrepreneurial Ph.D. Fellowships to support outstanding, business-minded Waterloo doctoral students who are interested in commercializing their research. Successful fellowship applicants will be enrolled in the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) part-time program. Recipients can complete the three-year part-time program alongside their regular doctoral studies, tuition-free. 

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    • Anytime

      Open to the public

      Program Overview

      Numerous competitions, grants and awards are available to students engaged in entrepreneurship. A comprehensive list has been gathered and will be updated annually.

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    • Annually

      UWaterloo students, staff and faculty

      Program Overview

      Award funding of $3,000 is available annually to undergraduate or graduate students registered full-time in the Faculty of Environment who have presented an outstanding proposal in the Jack Rosen Memorial Award for Environmental Innovation competition. The top ten teams will be offered a professionally facilitated workshop prior to the competition that will coach them on the elements of a strong business case and successful pitch.

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    • Multiple sessions

      UWaterloo students, staff and faculty

      Every term

      Program Overview

      The Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch competition invites teams of up to four students to choose an important industry problem and thoroughly research its history, scope, and impact. Students pitch their findings to a panel of judges to compete for $15,000 in funding to support research & development needs for their venture.

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    • GreenHouse Students

      Every term

      Program Overview

      The social impact fund was established in 2014 by St. Paul’s University College to support the testing and development of early-stage, ideas from GreenHouse Innovators.

      The Social Impact Fund (SIF) was established in 2014 by donors from the St. Paul’s University College community. The SIF is used to support GreenHouse students in advancing their ideas into action. As a donor, your contributions support students with the resources they need to build and test prototypes with stakeholders as the progress towards validating their solutions and launching their ventures.

      The recipients of the SIF are celebrated 3 times a year at the Social Impact Showcase.

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    • Fulltime-program / Courses

      UWaterloo students, staff and faculty

      Anytime

      Program Overview

      Velocity is an incubator for pre-seed technology startups from the University of Waterloo and around the world. The program is designed to guide and amplify early-stage start-ups as they turn ideas into scalable companies with the potential for positive, global impact. We invest in ambitious founders with bold ideas that scale. Velocity offers product development labs, collaborative workspaces, manufacturing equipment, and funding paired with expert business support from seasoned professionals and past founders.

      Velocity takes rolling applications and invests $50,000 in companies. Founders must be willing to join the incubator to work on their company full time and must demonstrate they can build a company that solves a $1B+ problem.

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    • Anytime

      UWaterloo students, staff and faculty

      Multiple sessions

      Program Overview

      The Waterloo Commercialization Office (WatCo) offers research faculty and graduate students access to intellectual property management expertise and commercialization services to facilitate licensing and startup company formation commercialization pathways.

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    • Every term

      Faculty of Science or Engineering, Research Masters

      Program Overview

      The WIN-Velocity Scholarship, with a value equivalent to a Graduate Research Studentship (GRS) for two years, has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) to support domestic research-based master’s students, who will be registered full time in their first year of graduate studies, in the Faculty of Engineering and/or Faculty of Science.

      Eligible students must pursue commercialization and entrepreneurship activities for establishing a start-up company at UW with Velocity support, based on a business idea in “deep-tech” (a category of startup companies that develop new products based “on scientific discovery or meaningful engineering innovation) which matches research conducted by the WIN supervisor. Students participating in the program will receive mentorship and advice for start-up and entrepreneurial activities from Velocity.

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