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Making entrepreneurship happen: Velocity Programs co-op

Each term, Velocity rounds out its team with three co-op students who play an important role in supporting events, marketing, and science functions. This blog post is part three in a series where past co-op students share their experiences working at Velocity and what they learned.

As the Programs Assistant in Winter 2016, Negin Safdari was able to gain insight into all of Velocity’s programs by helping to organize and facilitate events alongside the Programs Manager. Negin kicked off the term by immersing herself in a week-long bootcamp at the Velocity Residence, which consisted of exciting icebreakers activities, presentations, and workshops. As the term progressed, she helped facilitate weekly Velocity Start workshops, Velocity Residence dinners, and Velocity Garage treat days. Towards the end of the term, she played a significant role in helping with the Velocity Fund Finals pitch competition, assisting with the application process, and the event itself, attended by 500+ people.

The co-op program is an opportunity to gain valuable, transferrable skills through work experience, and one skill that Negin believed she improved throughout her role as Programs Assistant, was her attention to detail. She appreciated the patience of others as she developed new skills throughout the term.

“Working at Velocity gave me the opportunity to finely tune certain skills, thanks to the amazing support from the team.”

Negin always knew that entrepreneurship was a lot of work, but didn’t realize just how much so until she started working at Velocity: “I loved knowing that the people founding startups were my age, and being able to watch the company grow over the course of four months.” By observing the dedication required to found a startup, Negin realized that although she is not cut out to be an entrepreneur herself, she loves the culture and attitude that comes along with startups, and she could envision herself working for a startup one day.

A year later, Negin continues to stay connected to the community and and enjoys seeing companies launch from the Velocity Garage. She recently visited Velocity alumni, Vidyard, noting, “It was incredible to visit the Vidyard office, knowing that they are Velocity alum, now in a huge, beautiful space of their own!”

If you are a current University of Waterloo student, and are interested in the Programs Assistant position, you can apply through Waterloo Works for the upcoming Spring 2017 term.