The best way to learn about building a startup is from those who have done it.
We’ve developed a fantastic network of campus coaches who are available to work with you one-on-one. Our coaches are either founders themselves or were one of the very first startup employees–so they have been there and done that.
This is a unique opportunity for you to learn from someone with hands-on experience.
Read about our friendly coaches below. Schedule a 30-minute session with the person you think can best answer your business questions!
Note: The coaching sessions take place on the main University of Waterloo campus and are open to current students only.
Abdallah loves strategizing to validate ideas, assess feasibility, create minimalistic prototypes, and find product-market fit. He’s also trying to perfect a pour-over cup of coffee.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, pitch coaching, hardware, science, prototyping, IP & patenting, sales
Ashley is passionate about solving big problems that impact people around the world. She has an interdisciplinary background and enjoys meeting new people.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, customer discovery, marketing, pitch coaching, sales
Brad is experienced in building and launching both hardware and software products as a founder. He also knows how to create award-winning pitches.
Expertise: Hardware, software, prototyping, talking to users, pitch coaching, business development
Chris has extensive experience launching software-as-a-service (SaaS) projects. He has worked in both corporate and startup environments.
Expertise: Software, problem/idea formulation, prototyping, legal/incorporation, customer discovery
Harry loves to work with entrepreneurs solving big problems. He has experience with private fundraising (US & Canada) and pitch competitions.
Expertise: Science, pitch coaching, problem/idea formulation, legal/incorporation, sales
Henrique is a sales and marketing consultant who helps technical founders find early adopters. If you need to reach out to your market, Henrique will help layout a step by step process that gets results.
Expertise: Sales, customer discovery, talking to users, pitch coaching
Joe is well-versed in marketing and strategy. He has experience as a professional market researcher and is a tech/startup enthusiast.
Expertise: Marketing, research, problem/idea formulation, customer discovery
Lichen is passionate about using design to improve systems that promote privacy and data security and building delightful user experiences.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, pitch coaching, design, customer discovery
Matt was the co-founder of POET, a digital signage startup for three years. He is also experienced in UI design and front-end development.
Expertise: Software, prototyping, design, customer discovery, problem/idea formulation
Pat has spent the last ten years in the Kitchener-Waterloo startup ecosystem across four startups. He covers a lot of territory.
Expertise: Hardware, prototyping, problem/idea formulation, pitch coaching, customer discovery
Rachel has spent the past 5 years in startups, starting from being the CEO of a Capstone project turned company, to marketing and product management.
Expertise: Science, IP, legal/incorporation, customer discovery, marketing
Youssef is the CEO of NERv, a medical device startup. Prior to founding NERv, he worked on another startup in the entertainment space.
Expertise: Science, IP, problem/idea formulation, legal/incorporation