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Velocity Start opens in SCH – A place for all students to discover entrepreneurship

We are excited to open the doors to Velocity Start, a new 6,000 sq ft space on-campus for people who want to learn about entrepreneurship and collaborate with like-minded people. We also welcome people from any background, regardless of interest in entrepreneurship, who simply want a cool place to work. Resources include lounge and workspace, booking space, weekly workshops, a maker space with 3D printers and hand tools (coming soon), startup coaching, and problem lab workshops to help students identify big problems worth solving.

Velocity Start is located on the second floor of South Campus Hall (map), and is open to students starting today. Feel free to drop by, check out the space, and say hi to the Velocity staff. There is a growing need for entrepreneurship resources on campus, and this new space is intended to be the first stop on campus for people to discover what entrepreneurship is all about, and receive mentorship.

Upcoming programming for Velocity Start includes:

  • Our first event, Science Talks, on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30pm
  • Stay tuned for an official Open House later in the Winter 2016 term

Velocity Start is the latest in a series of Velocity programs, which includes:

  • Velocity Fund, a non-equity grant program for startups that offers $375,000 each year to local startups through $25K and $5K programs.
  • Velocity Garage, a 36,000 sq ft startup incubator in Kitchener’s Tannery building that is home to more than 60 startups, building cutting-edge technology in the heart of Waterloo Region.
  • Velocity Residence, a 70-bed dorm in the University of Waterloo’s Minota Hagey Residence that offers an innovative living environment for entrepreneurial students to collaborate with peers.
  • Velocity Science, a partnership between Velocity and the Faculty of Science that provides students interested in creating science startups with the tools and resources to initiate and develop world-class science companies. It includes a 3,000 sq ft wet lab in the Earth Sciences & Chemistry building.
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