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May 2020

Working Session: Burnout & Balance

May 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Learn the tools to work more efficiently and balance the stress of entrepreneurship. A holistic approach to self-awareness, burnout and resilience.

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Healthy Minds, Creative Concepts: Destress at Your Desk

May 28, 2020

Work with Waterloo Athletics to learn strategies for keeping your focus, about the power of deep breathing, and how to physically distress.

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June 2020

Working Session: Zero to One

June 2, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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A session based on the book Zero to One to understand why, and how startups work.

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Intro Session: The Business Model

June 3, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This week we’ll take you through the ins and outs of business models, specifically the lean business canvas. Join us and walk away with the tools to create your own rockin’ business model!

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Working Session: What’s Your Business Type?

June 9, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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This working session, facilitated by the Concept Coach Joe Lee, will introduce 5 concepts to help you in the discovery and thinking of your startup idea.

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Intro Session: Validation Exploration

June 10, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn about market validation, how to interact with the right people and ask the right questions to determine whether your idea could be a viable business.

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Healthy Minds, Creative Concepts : 1% Better

June 11, 2020

Explore how to implement sustainable habit change, whether it be for sleep, nutrition, time management or any habit you choose. A special workshop in partnership with Waterloo Athletics.

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Working Session: Researching Your Solution

June 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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During this workshop, students will consult with Waterloo’s Entrepreneurship Librarian and with each other to research their ideas using the library and freely-available sources. Students who have previously attended a research workshop with Rachel will have a chance to research deeper into their problem space.

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Intro Session: Keep Calm and Carry On

June 17, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Keep Calm and Carry On

It's time to eliminate the stigma around mental health! Join us and learn how keeping both your mind and body healthy is critical to your startup’s success.

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Working Session: Cultivating Culture

June 23, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Students will develop an understanding of the impacts that culture has on a startup organization and learn approaches to harnessing good culture for sustainability and success.

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Intro Session: Pitch to Win

June 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Pitch to Win

Learn from our Concept Coach the key components of a pitch and how to best pitch your idea. You'll also have the opportunity to watch winning pitches live!

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Healthy Minds, Creative Concepts : Stress Management

June 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Stress Management

Learn ways to minimize the stress response, improve your coping strategies, and boost your resilience. A special workshop in partnership with Waterloo Athletics.

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July 2020

Working Session: Pitch Perfect

July 7, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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During this session students will have actionable feedback to better articulate their problem, solution, and their pitch.

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Intro Session: Billion Dollar Briefing

July 8, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for the “Billion Dollar Briefing” talk with the legendary Larry Smith, an economics professor at UWaterloo! Trust us, you do NOT want to miss this!

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Concept $5K Semi-Finals: Night 1

July 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Check out this pitch! This is your opportunity to be in the virtual audience as UWaterloo student teams pitch their startup ideas to a panel of judges from the local community. The top 10 finalists from Night 1 and Night 2 will move on to the Virtual Concept $5K Finals! Since 2011, the Concept $5K Grant (previously known as Velocity Fund $5K) has been supporting the University of Waterloo community. Each term, $20,000 in grants are awarded to students with…

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Concept $5K Semi-Finals: Night 2

July 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Check out this pitch! This is your opportunity to be in the virtual audience as UWaterloo student teams pitch their startup ideas to a panel of judges from the local community. The top 10 finalists from Night 1 and Night 2 will move on to the Virtual Concept $5K Finals! Since 2011, the Concept $5K Grant (previously known as Velocity Fund $5K) has been supporting the University of Waterloo community. Each term, $20,000 in grants are awarded to students with…

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Healthy Minds, Creative Concepts: All About Sleep

July 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A look at post-secondary students and sleep. Learn how much sleep you actually need and walk away with effective strategies to ensure a more restful night. A special workshop in partnership with Waterloo Athletics.

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Working Session: IP 101

July 21, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Come out to hear the basics of Intellectual Property (IP) protection with a focus on patents. You'll learn about the different types of IP protection available and some of the most common pitfalls to avoid.

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Concept $5K Finals

July 28, 2020

Join us for an exciting Virtual Concept $5K Finals where emerging student entrepreneurs compete for their share of $20K in funding.

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September 2020

Working Session: Building an Entrepreneurial Mindset

September 15, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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In this working session the Concept Coach Cole Powers will work directly with you to create a toolbox of skills required to create and launch your own start-up.

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IP Series: IP 101

September 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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This session will cover the basics of Intellectual Property (IP) protection with a focus on patents. Learn about the different types of IP protection available and some of the most common pitfalls to avoid.

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Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch Competition Applications Open

September 21, 2020
Free

The Problem Lab presents the Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch. The 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 a share of up to $30,000 in grant funding. Teams with the best understanding of an important problem will receive $7,500 to research and develop a solution to the identified problem

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Working Session: Researching Like a Pro

September 22, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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In this workshop, we’ll focus on researching your ideas with hosts from UW Library, Problem Lab & EPP Peace Incubator.

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Intro Session: What’s Your Problem?

September 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Come out learn from Larry Smith, an economics professor at UWaterloo, you will get his insightful take on how to find and solve killer problems.

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Working Session: Brainstorming Important Problems

September 29, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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In this workshop, the Concept Coach Rachel Pautler will help students use techniques from the ''What's Your Problem?'' Intro session to research important problems.

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Intro Session: Should You Build a Company?

September 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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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October 2020

Dig Deeper Session: Is Your Idea a Business?

October 1, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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A follow-up session intended to provide students that attended our previous intro session a closer look into the topic presented. Attended the Intro Session Should You Build a Company? This Dig Deeper Session is for you!

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IP Series: Case Study

October 6, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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A case study which explores aspects of how to use the main forms of Intellectual Property (IP) protection to commercialize technology. In this interactive case study, you will experience a realistic situation where you will get to see how IP can be applied to protect and commercialize a potentially valuable technology created by a group of university students. A workshop in partnership with WatCo.

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Lab to Market: The Realities of Commercializing Research

October 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Have you considered commercializing your graduate research? Learn how you can take your research from labs to market!

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Intro Session: The Business Model

October 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This week we’ll take you through the ins and outs of business models, specifically the lean business canvas.

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Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch Competition Applications Close

October 9, 2020
Free

The Problem Lab presents the Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch. The 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 a share of up to $30,000 in grant funding. Teams with the best understanding of an important problem will receive $7,500 to research and develop a solution to the identified problem.

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Working Session: Building a Canvas for Your Company

October 13, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Take a deep dive into generating and using a lean business model canvas, how this is used as the springboard for launching your business, and more!

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Intro Session: Customer Discovery

October 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us and learn some of the tools and skills needed to get valuable information from potential customers so you can set up your idea for success.

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Dig Deeper Session: Customer Validation

October 15, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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A follow-up session intended to provide students that attended our previous intro session a closer look into the topic presented. Attended the Intro Session Customer Discovery? This Dig Deeper Session is for you!

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Working Session: Practical Discovery for Your Company

October 20, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Work with the Concept Coach Rachel Pautler to complete one of the following for your startup idea by the end of this private working session: 1. An Interview Script; 2. Survey Questions; 3. Landing Page Smoke Test

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Fireside chat with angel investor Jason Calacanis

October 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hey Warriors, Shubh and Isaac (both SYDE '17), co-founders of Amelia are hosting a virtual fireside chat with angel investor Jason Calacanis for UWaterloo students and alumni. Jason Calacanis is an angel investor, technology entrepreneur, and the host of the popular podcasts, This Week in Startups and Angel. As a “scout” for top Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital and later as an angel, Jason has invested in 200+ early-stage startups including 6 "unicorns" (Uber and Calm to name…

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Intro Session: Metrics 101

October 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us to learn all about the north star metrics! You'll walk away knowing what are metrics and why they're extremely useful for a start-up; What are the basic metrics that most companies track and how you should track them.

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Virtual Opportunities Fair

October 27, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement will be hosting a Virtual Opportunities Fair on October 27, 2020, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. This event gives students the opportunity to learn about internship, co-op, and engagement opportunities the Centre and organizations connected to it will offer in 2020 and 2021, as well as the chance to network with professionals in the peacebuilding field.

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Working Session: Determining Metrics for Your Company

October 27, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Work with the Concept Coach Rachel Pautler to learn what leading indicators are and how to use them to ensure that your company hits your north star metrics.

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Intro Session: Pitch to Win

October 28, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Learn about the different key components of a pitch from our experienced Concept Coaches, and have the opportunity to see winning pitches live!

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November 2020

Working Session: Pitch Perfect

November 3, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Preparing your pitch - whether it’s for a competition, an in-class project, or just for talking to friends and customers - can be a painstaking process. Our panel of coaches will help you articulate your vision and make your pitch truly shine!

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Intro Session: Billion Dollar Briefing

November 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for the “Billion Dollar Briefing” talk! The legendary Larry Smith, an economics professor at UWaterloo, and the Problem Lab team will present several Billion Dollar problem Ideas!

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IP Series: Trademarks

November 10, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Come to the Trademark presentation and learn how to use this form of Intellectual Property (IP) protection to build the brand value of your technology or Start-Up.

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Map the System Student Webinar

November 10, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement will be hosting a Map the System Student Webinar on November 10 from 3-4 p.m. on Zoom. Map the System is a one-of-a-kind systems thinking competition, hosted by the University of Oxford's Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, that encourages students to think deeply about social and environmental issues that matter to them. Rather than jumping to quick-fix solutions, Map the System allows students to research problem domains, allowing them to be better…

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Concept $5K and Climate Change Grant Semi-Finals: Night 1

November 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Check out this pitch! This is your opportunity to be in the virtual audience as UWaterloo student teams pitch their startup ideas to a panel of judges from the local community. The top 10 finalists from Night 1 and Night 2 will move on to the Virtual Concept $5K Finals! Since 2011, the Concept $5K Grant (previously known as Velocity Fund $5K) has been supporting the University of Waterloo community. Each term, $20,000 in grants are awarded to students with…

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Concept $5K and Climate Change Grant Semi-Finals: Night 2

November 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Check out this pitch! This is your opportunity to be in the virtual audience as UWaterloo student teams pitch their startup ideas to a panel of judges from the local community. The top 10 finalists from Night 1 and Night 2 will move on to the Virtual Concept $5K Finals! Since 2011, the Concept $5K Grant (previously known as Velocity Fund $5K) has been supporting the University of Waterloo community. Each term, $20,000 in grants are awarded to students with…

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Working Session: Brainstorming Solutions to Billion-Dollar Problems

November 17, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Work with the Concept Coach Rachel Pautler and a team to brainstorm solutions to the new billion-dollar problems identified in Larry Smith's Intro Session: Billion Dollar Problems.

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Intro Session: Building a Team – Who do You Need?

November 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us to learn all about your future start-up team! Our Concept Coach Rachel Pautler will help get you thinking about your personal team dynamics and setting the company up for success. You'll learn about the personalities needed to create a successful start-up and understand the gaps at an early stage.

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Working Session: Cultivating Culture

November 24, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Develop an understanding of the impacts that culture has on a startup organization and learn approaches to harnessing good culture for sustainability and success.

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IP Series: Copyright & Software

November 25, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Come to the Copyright talk and learn about the different forms of Copyright protection, how to use it to commercialize your technology, and how it may affect you and your software.

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Intro Session: Fundraising 101

November 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This week our amazing Concept Coach Rachel Pautler will help you understand all you need to know about the funding available to you!

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Concept $5K Grant and Climate Change Grant – Finals

November 26, 2020

Join us for an exciting Virtual Concept $5K Finals where emerging student entrepreneurs compete for up to $10K in funding.

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Dig Deeper Session: Fundraising 201

November 26, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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A follow-up session intended to provide students that attended our previous intro session a closer look into the topic presented. Attended the Intro Session Fundraising 101? This Dig Deeper Session is for you!

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December 2020

Map the System Team Mixer

December 2, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

The Kindred Credit Union will be hosting a University of Waterloo Map the System Team Mixer on December 2, 2020, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. This virtual mixer will create space for students to mingle and connect with other potential competitors in the UWaterloo Map the System community. This event is the starting point for students to make meaningful connections and begin to build their teams. Whether students have a concrete research theme or are still undecided, and whether students…

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January 2021

Intro Session: The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

January 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

UWaterloo is home to a community of Entrepreneurship Centres that support students in the development of an innovation mindset and the execution of their ideas. Join this session to learn about the abundance of opportunities available for students.

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Working Session: Building an Entrepreneurial Mindset

January 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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In this workshop, our Concept Coach will help you create a toolbox of skills required to create and launch your own start-up.

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Map the System Team Mixer

January 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement will be hosting a virtual Map the System Team Mixer January 27, 2021, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. This mixer will create space for students to mix and mingle with other potential competitors in the UWaterloo Map the System community. This event is the starting point for students to build their teams and make meaningful connections. Registration required.

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Intro Session: What’s Your Problem?

January 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come out (virtually) and answer the age-old question, What’s Your Problem? Hosted by the legendary Larry Smith, you'll get his insightful take on how to find and solve killer problems.

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February 2021

Working Session: Researching Like a Pro

February 2 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

In this workshop, we’ll focus on researching your ideas. After this session, you'll be able to: articulate research questions about their problem space; identify key library resources and freely available sources that will help with their market and industry research;

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Intro Session – Starting Small: Best Practices for Starting a Small Business

February 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

There are countless resources available both within the UWaterloo and the broader Kitchener-Waterloo community. In this session you'll meet mentors in the small business community, plug-in to what they have to offer, and take the next step with your small business goals.

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Working Session: Building a Canvas for your Business

February 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Work with Concept Coaches and take a deep dive into generating and using a lean business model canvas!

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Intro Session: Panel – Startup Rollercoaster

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The best way to learn about becoming a startup founder is from people who have been there. Come hear from local startup founders who have been in the trenches and are ready to share their learnings with the UWaterloo community.

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Working Session: $5K Application Preparation

February 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

If you are thinking of applying to the Concept $5K Grant, this is a session you do NOT want to miss! Members of the Student Venture Fund will be running a workshop on how to write a winning application and be selected for the Concept $5K Semi-Finals.

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Working Session: Customer Discovery

February 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us and learn the necessary skills and tools to get valuable information from potential customers so you can set up your idea for success.

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Intro Session: Pitch to Win

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Learn about the different key components of a pitch and have the opportunity to see winning pitches live! Learn from our experienced Concept Coaches, and a previous competition winner, on how to best pitch your idea.

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From Lab Development to Commercialization: Electron Video Microscopy in Liquid

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

Professor German Sciaini from the Department of Chemistry will introduce you to the new development in his research lab where capabilities of Transmission Electron Microscopy in liquid are pushed to its extreme. You can now take images and even record videos of moving nanoparticles with unprecedented resolution. Learn how WatCo is helping Professor Sciaini's group commercialize his technology, and how various types of Intellectual Property come to play.

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March 2021

Working Session: Pitch Perfect

March 2 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

In this session, we'll help you prepare your pitch – whether it’s for a competition, an in-class project, or just for talking to friends and customers.

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Intro Session: Billion Dollar Briefing

March 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for the “Billion Dollar Briefing” talk! The legendary Larry Smith, an economics professor at UWaterloo, and the Problem Lab team will present several Billion Dollar problem Ideas!

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EDGE – Skills Identification and Articulation

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

The skills identification and articulation workshop helps students identify the skills they're developing throughout their undergraduate career. Workshop participants will also develop strategies for articulating these skills to target audiences (e.g. potential employers). If you can recognize what you're learning and how your skills translate to the job market, you can set yourself apart from other candidates! The skills identification and articulation workshop is one of six milestones in the EDGE academic certificate program.

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How to Make the Most of Your Next Decade (Recession Edition)

March 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn everything you wanted to know about building your career during a recession. Professor Larry Smith, Director of The Problem Lab, author and TED speaker, shares lessons learned in previous recessions, including mistakes made, what to expect, and what opportunities to look for.

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Concept $5K Semi-Finals: Night 1

March 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Check out this pitch! Join our virtual audience and watch UWaterloo student led teams pitch their startup ideas to a panel of entrepreneurially experienced judges. The Top 10 Finalists across both nights will move on to pitch in the Concept $5K Finals and compete for early stage grant funding to turn their concepts into realities!

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Concept $5K Semi-Finals: Night 2

March 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Check out this pitch! Join our virtual audience and watch UWaterloo student led teams pitch their startup ideas to a panel of entrepreneurially experienced judges. The Top 10 Finalists across both nights will move on to pitch in the Concept $5K Finals and compete for early stage grant funding to turn their concepts into realities!

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Working Session: Fundraising

March 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

This week you’ll learn how to find funding, compete for it, and apply for it in a compelling way with confidence.

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Concept $5K Finals

March 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for an exciting Virtual Concept $5K Finals where emerging student entrepreneurs compete for up to $10K in funding.

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Career Spotlight: Management Consulting

March 29 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The title “management consultant” sounds cool, but what does a management consultant actually do? Explore management consulting as a career option with experts from the Canadian Association of Management Consultants.

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April 2021

University of Waterloo Map the System Campus Finals

April 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free

Registration is now open for the Map the System Campus Finals on April 15th from 4:00 to 5:30 pm (EST), hosted by the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement. This event is open to the public and will include a showcase of the top six entries of the year, followed by an announcement of this year’s winning teams, three of which will receive cash prizes, and one that will go on to compete at the Canadian finals. We would…

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May 2021

Intro Session: Innovation Ecosystem Panel

May 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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UWaterloo is home to a community of centres dedicated to supporting students in the development of innovative mindsets and entrepreneurial ideas. During this event, you will be provided with an innovation roadmap that will detail how and when to engage with campus resources. You’ll hear from representatives of Concept, Zero Experience, The Problem Lab, GreenHouse, Centre for Peace Advancement, Conrad, Science Innovation Hub (SIH) and the Library. If you want to build skills in innovative thinking or explore entrepreneurship, attending…

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Working Session: Building an Entrepreneurial Mindset

May 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual Event Canada
FREE

In this workshop, Cole Powers– a UWaterloo Engineering alum, Concept Coach, and Startup Founder of Intelliculture, will work directly with you to create a toolbox of skills required to create and launch your own start-up. You will learn what and how to foster these skills to be successful both in your entrepreneurial endeavours and as an intrapreneurial employee.

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June 2021

Intro Session: What’s YOUR Problem

June 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual Event Canada

In this workshop, legendary Professor Larry Smith will discuss what makes an important problem, why pursuing important problems is advantageous for start-up founders and employees in an organization, and the two overlooked channels where students can find important problems.

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Working Session: Researching Like a Pro

June 2 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual Event Canada

Learn to articulate research questions, identify key resources, and articulate gaps in research from Entrepreneurship Liaison Librarian, Christine Moffatt.

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September 2021

Quantum Valley Investments®️ Problem Pitch Applications Open

September 13
FREE

The Problem Lab presents the Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch. The 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 funding to support their venture research & development (R&D).

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Intro Session: The University of Waterloo Innovation Ecosystem

September 21 @ 5:30 pm
Virtual Event Canada
Free

The University of Waterloo is home to a community of centers dedicated to supporting students in the development of innovative mindsets and entrepreneurial ideas. During this event, you will be provided with an innovation roadmap that will detail how and when to engage with campus resources. If you want to build skills in innovative thinking or explore entrepreneurship, attending this event is the first step in your journey!

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Working Session: Think Like a Boss

September 22 @ 5:30 pm
Virtual Event Canada
Free

In this workshop, Cole Powers– a UWaterloo Engineering alum, Concept Coach, and Startup Founder of Intelliculture, will work directly with you to create a toolbox of skills required to create and launch your own business. You will learn what and how to foster these skills to be successful both in your entrepreneurial endeavours and as an intrapreneurial employee.

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Intro Session: What’s Your Problem? With Larry Smith

September 28 @ 5:30 pm
Virtual Event Canada
Free

In this workshop, legendary Professor Larry Smith will discuss what makes an important problem, why pursuing important problems is advantageous for start-up founders and employees in an organization, and the two overlooked channels where students can find important problems. Larry will share success stories and mistakes from his former students at UW – you can think of these as summary lessons from the last 40 years. At the end of the workshop, a list of 30 Billion Dollar Problems will…

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Working Session: Researching Like A Pro

September 29 @ 5:30 pm
Virtual Event Canada
Free

In this workshop, we’ll focus on researching your ideas with Christine Moffatt, Entrepreneurship Liaison Librarian. After this session, students will be able to: articulate research questions about their problem space; identify key library resources and freely available sources that will help with their market and industry research; articulate remaining gaps in their research about their problem space.

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October 2021

Intro Session: Should I Start a Business or Get a Job?

October 5 @ 5:30 pm
Virtual Event Canada
Free

    “Should I start a Business or Get a Job?” This is a very common question among ambitious folks like you who want to make an impact, but may not know what route to take. In this FREE virtual panel you will hear from three folks who have gone through this same fork on the road and made it out on the other side.  If you are starting to plan your future and deciding between pursuing your business or…

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Using Design to Elevate Your Product

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Learn about the process of creating your own startup, starting a career in product design, and using design to elevate your venture About this event: Open to both alumni and students of St. Paul's University College and University of Waterloo! Join two GreenHouse alumni to learn about the process of creating your own startup, starting a career in product design, and using design to elevate your venture. Hosted by GreenHouse based out of St. Paul's University College, Fardeen and Chris…

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Working Session: Lean Business Model

October 6 @ 5:30 pm
Virtual Event Canada
Free

Work with Concept Coaches and take a deep dive into generating and using a lean business model canvas, how this is used as the springboard for launching your business, and how to effectively set your business strategy.

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Interviewing for Insight

October 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Stakeholder and customer interviews, when done properly, can help you learn insights that you would not otherwise uncover. In this workshop, Lynn Haddrall, Journalism Professor at Conestoga College, will discuss the mentality and technique of conducting effective stakeholder interviews. Regardless of what startup stage you are in, by the end of the session, you will learn how to approach and get the most out of stakeholders and customers through better interviews.

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Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch – Application Deadline

October 10
Free

Each semester, the Problem Lab hosts the Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch competition. This competition challenges teams of students to pitch their research of an important problem affecting industries or technologies for a chance to win R&D funding to support the development of a solution to the problem.

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Women Entrepreneurship Week

October 18 - October 22
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One event on October 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

The Conrad School is hosting a Speaker Series to celebrate Women Entrepreneurship Week 2021 with Montclair University and other institutions around the globe. Celebrate with us! Join us virtually: Strategizing Your Intellectual PropertyMonday, October 18, 2021 12:00-1:00pm Joanna Ma, B.A.Sc. (Elec. Eng.)(Hons.), J.D.Technology Lawyer, Bereskin & Parr LLPJoanna Ma is a technology lawyer who specializes in patents and designs, and has an electrical engineering background. Her practice is predominantly focused on advising various-sized technology companies on developing intellectual property (IP)…

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Intro Session: Design Thinking With A Product Designer

October 19 @ 5:30 pm
Virtual Event Canada
Free

A user-centric approach to your idea can help ensure you build a product that your customers will love. In this session, Faire Product Designer Matt Neill will discuss how to utilize design thinking to start your project off on the right foot. By the end of the session, you’ll learn how to translate user insights into actionable steps that solve problems for your customers.

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Working Session: Getting Your First Customer

October 20 @ 5:30 pm
Virtual Event Canada
Free

Customer validation is one of the most critical components that influence whether a solution sinks or swims in the market. Find out how to discover if your idea is something people will really go for and the strategies behind asking important questions in the right way.

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Finding Your Triple Bottom Line

October 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

The Problem Lab and the Faculty of Environment present an information session on the concept of the triple bottom line. A panel of speakers and subject matter experts will speak about the importance of social and environmental considerations that companies can build into their organizations. Using case studies and real-world examples, you will understand how companies can apply the triple bottom line to enhance people's lives and the well-being of the planet.

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Intro Session: Pitch to Win

October 26 @ 5:30 pm
Virtual Event Canada
Free

Learn about the different key components of a pitch and have the opportunity to see winning pitches live! Learn from our experienced Concept Coaches, and a previous competition winner, on how to best pitch your idea.

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Page to Pitch – Storytelling

October 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Professors Dr. Lennart Nacke and Dr. Daniel Harley will present a lively introduction to storytelling in design. You’ll gain valuable insights into how engaging narratives can be used to create empathy, make connections, clarify meaning, and enhance audience experiences in pitch competitions using design and storytelling.

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November 2021

Concept $5k Semi-Finals Night One (1/2)

November 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us in the virtual audience as University of Waterloo student teams pitch their startup ideas to a panel of judges from the local community. The Top 10 Finalists across both nights will move on to pitch in the Concept $5K Finals and compete for early stage grant funding! Want to attend both nights of the semi-finals? Register for Night Two as well!

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Concept $5K Semi-Finals Night Two (2/2)

November 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Join us in the virtual audience as UWaterloo student teams pitch their startup ideas to a panel of judges from the local community.The Top 10 Finalists across both nights will move on to pitch in the Concept $5K Finals and compete for early stage grant funding!Want to attend both nights? Register for Night One!

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Concept $5K Finals

November 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Join the virtual audience for the Concept $5K Finals! Watch promising student teams take the virtual stage and compete for their share of $25K in grant funding to help take startup ideas to the next level. Don't forget to register for the semi-finals!

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Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch Finals

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

The Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch is finally here! Register for the event and watch the finalists pitch their research on important problems affecting the world and compete for R&D funding.

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