The Launch of VeloCity Campus was a success!
Last Friday, we launched VeloCity Campus, our new program open to all students interested in any kind of entrepreneurship at the University of Waterloo.
VeloCity Campus aims to add an experiential learning component to the standard university education, providing students with workshops every Wednesday night where they’ll get a hands-on opportunity to develop their business idea.
We had a panel of experts, Mike Kirkup, director of VeloCity, Andrew Cross, CEO of Goosechase and VeloCity Garage tenant, Matthew Miner, CEO of Lumos and VeloCity resident and Asaaf Weisz, cofounder of Venture Deli help us launch the program. We also had a great MC, Prashanth Gopalan, founder and chair of TEDxUW, lead the discussion.
Here are some highlights from the panel discussion:
- Mike Kirkup stressed that entrepreneurs are made, not born. It takes the passion, energy and drive and you just have to do it.
- Matthew Miner commented on stealth mode (not telling anyone what your startup does), saying it was an awful idea. If you want to get exposure and feedback you need to talk to people.
- Andrew Cross reminded our audience the importance of thinking big, because there will always be the opportunity to think bigger.
- Mike told everyone to stop trying to solve student problems. He suggested using your co-op experience to find broad, real world problems.
- As someone who’s in school and working on a startup, Matthew stressed that balance is key and sleep is important.
- There was a lot of talk about how entrepreneurship has become the cool thing to do. Our panelists’ advice: pursue entrepreneurship because you’re passionate about it, not because you think you’ll make a lot of money. Entrepreneurship isn’t actually that glamourous.
If you’d like to get involved with VeloCity Campus, check out our Startathon this Friday. We want to help you find your next cofounder, idea or team, and we’re excited to have MappedIn‘s Hongwei Liu as our speaker. Your team could win $500, register here!