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South Campus Hall, 2nd floor

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200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada

September 2019

Intro Session: Networking & Ideation

September 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada

Looking for a co-founder? Looking for a startup idea? This is the workshop for you! Come out to our inaugural workshop of the term – hosted by our Concept Coach Phil Everson – and put your thinking cap on, meet other students excited by entrepreneurship, and brainstorm some great ideas! Because no event is complete without food, pizza will be served at 7:15 pm – registering for this event ensures you get a slice! We won’t be providing water bottles,…

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Intro Session: Startup Mythbusters

September 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada
Startup Mythbusters

Curious about the myths and facts surrounding startups? Join us for a series of lighting talks.

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October 2019

Intro Session: What’s Your Problem?

October 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada
What's Your Problem talk Larry Smith

You should have no problem coming to learn from Larry!  Come out and answer the age-old question, What’s Your Problem? Hosted by the legendary Larry Smith, an economics professor at UWaterloo, you will get his insightful take on how to find and solve “killer” problems. Trust us, this is a workshop you do NOT want to miss! We can’t wait to see you there!

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Intro Session: Validation Exploration

October 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada
Validation Exploration poster Concept by Velocity

  You know that it’s important for your business to be solving an important problem. But how do you know whether you’ve got an “important problem”?   Join us for the ”Validation Exploration” talk with our Concept Coach. Through this workshop you’ll learn different techniques for facilitating interviews with potential customers in order to validate the severity of your problem and whether your potential solution is a fit.   And yes, pizza is on us! It will be served at 7:15…

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Intro Session: Pitch to Win!

October 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada

This week is all about making your Pitch Perfect! Learn about the different key components of a pitch and use the opportunity to practice informally with your peers. Learn from our experienced Concept Coach Patrick Martinson, and a previous competition winner, Cole Powers, on how to best pitch your idea. Pizza will be served at 7:15 pm – registering for this event ensures you get a slice! We won’t provide water, so don’t forget to bring your water bottle! #gogreen

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Develop a Winning GTM (Go To Market) Strategy delivered by BlackBerry

October 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada

Blackberry executives with years of real life business experience will be delivering an interactive workshop on GTM strategies. Concept in collaboration with Blackberry present: GTM Strategies Session 1Join us at this interactive workshop with Jean Paul Beaupre; Director of Product Management at Blackberry. You will learn about the strong importance of GTM (Go To Market) strategy and will work through real life examples of GTM considerations in the technology sector. Leave this workshop with a checklist for GTM Success: Market…

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Intro Session: Startup Rollercoaster

October 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada

Fasten your seatbelts for a Startup Rollercoaster ride! Join a panel of guest speakers for a discussion and Q&A session as they share their experiences in the startup world. Get the inside scoop from experienced entrepreneurs about the ups and downs of their startup journey so that you can get inspired by their successes and avoid their mistakes! Pizza will be served at 7:15 pm – registering for this event ensures you get a slice! We won’t provide water, so…

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November 2019

Intro Session: Networking Extravaganza

November 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada

  Get ready to build your network with this spectacular workshop!   Excited about the idea of entrepreneurship, but not sure what to do next? Hint: Connecting with other like-minded people is almost always a good next step. Come and join in the Networking Extravaganza and connect with members of the Concept community and other like-minded students.   Pizza will be served at 7:15 pm – registering for this event ensures you get a slice! We won’t provide water, so don’t…

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Intro Session: Billion Dollar Briefing

November 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada

There are BILLIONS of reasons to come to this workshop! Join us for the “Billion Dollar Briefing” talk with the legendary Larry Smith, an economics professor at UWaterloo! Trust us, this is a workshop you do NOT want to miss! Because no event is complete without food, pizza will be served at 7:15 pm – registering for this event ensures you get a slice! But don’t forget, we won’t serve water! Help us save the environment by bringing your water bottle!

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January 2020

Intro Session: What’s Your Problem?

January 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada
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Intro Session: What's your problem?

You should have no problem coming to learn from Larry! Come out and answer the age-old question, What’s Your Problem? Hosted by the legendary Larry Smith, an economics professor at UWaterloo, you will get his insightful take on how to find and solve “killer” problems. Trust us, this is a workshop you do NOT want to miss!

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Intro Session: The Future is Entrepreneurial

January 22, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada
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Entrepreneurship is well praised at the University of Waterloo and most of us associate it with the creation of a new ventures. Over the last few years however, entrepreneurship has evolved and we now often speak of an entrepreneurial mindset as a key skill to thrive in our current reality. This panel discussion will bring together a mix of entrepreneurs (founders) and entrepreneurially-minded individuals who will bring some more clarity on what it means to be entrepreneurial and why it…

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Intro Session: Is Your Idea a Business?

January 29, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada
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What makes an idea a business? In this session, you'll learn how to assess whether your idea can become a viable business and get an opportunity to work through some of this assessment with feedback from peers and Concept Coaches including; Ashley Keefner, Brad Moon, Pablo Eder, & Lichen Zhang.

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Co-op at a Startup: Info Session

January 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada
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Are you a co-op student looking to spend a work term in a unique and exciting environment? Come hear from previous startup co-ops as they share their experiences working in Canada’s most productive incubator! Three students who worked for companies in the Velocity Incubator will share the ups, downs, and day to day life in a startup. Be sure to come out and get a leg up on the competition!

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February 2020

Intro Session: Do You Want to Build a Startup?

February 5, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada
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So you’re interested in building a startup...but should you? Before working through how to start a startup, it’s important to first consider *why* you want to build a startup. In this session, you’ll learn about some of the top reasons why you should and should not start a startup and get an opportunity to hear directly from founders about the tough realities of startups, what they’ve learned, and why they chose this path.

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Intro Session: Pitch to Win

February 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada
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Learn about the different key components of a pitch and have the opportunity to see winning pitches live! Learn from our experienced Concept Coach, and a previous competition winner, on how to best pitch your idea.

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March 2020

Highlighting Entrepreneurial Women #IWD2020

March 3, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
South Campus Hall, 2nd floor, 200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada
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Highlighting Entrepreneurial Women

"No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens." - Michelle Obama This International Women's Day we celebrate the contributions women make to our world, with a panel discussion between five incredibly entrepreneurial women, who are ready to share their entrepreneurial journeys with you. This will be a candid discussion around some of the specific challenges women continue to face, but also a celebration…

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