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15 startup-themed events to attend this fall

If you have an interest in entrepreneurship but aren’t sure how to get involved, check out one or more of these events! Gain fundamental business skills, meet like-minded people, and maybe even start building your very own startup!

Learn from a wide variety of people with hands-on experience at one of our workshops, or check out one of our pitch competitions for a front-row seat to the action. Plus, our events almost always include free pizza. To stay up to date, follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramSnapchat, and Linkedin or subscribe to our weekly newsletter. We look forward to seeing you at an event this fall!


1. THE Science STARTUP ROLLERCOASTER

A panel of guest speakers for an AMA geared towards learning from common and frequent mistakes made during the science-based startup journey. These people have been there and done that, and are here to tell you all about it.

When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall), University of Waterloo
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm


2. WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM?

Presented by legendary Larry Smith, Adjunct Associate Professor and Director of the Problem Lab at UWaterloo, Larry will share his take on how to find (and solve), “killer” problems. Trust us, this is a talk you do not want to miss.

When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall), University of Waterloo
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm


3. AIN’T NO MODEL LIKE A BUSINESS MODEL

Startup Coach, Phil Everson, will take you through the ins and outs of business models, specifically the lean canvas. You’ll walk away from this workshop with the tools to create your own rockin’ business model!

When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall), University of Waterloo
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm


4. BUILDING A KICK A** TEAM

Led by Velocity Startup Coach Phil Everson, this workshop will help you build the perfect team for your business. Meet other eager entrepreneurs and network your way to success! You’ll be hearing from some fantastic speakers:

When: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall), University of Waterloo
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm


5. BRAINSTORMING @ENVIRONMENT

Bobby Green, Cofounder and COO of Amina Health  will be leading a brainstorming session for the afternoon. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow students interested in entrepreneurship and to bounce ideas off each other.

When: Monday, October 15, 2018
Where: ENV3 room 4412 , University of Waterloo
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm


6. DO PEOPLE WANT YOUR SH*T?

Find out all about market validation at this workshop. By the end of the night, you’ll be an expert in interacting with the right people and asking the right questions to determine whether your idea could be a viable business.

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall), University of Waterloo
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm


7. CO-OP ROLLERCOASTER: THE REALITY OF WORKING FOR A STARTUP

Learn the ups and downs of working for a startup company from students who previously did a co-op term for a startup. They will explain the day to day activities and workplace realities from their experiences.

When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall), University of Waterloo
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm


8. PITCH TO WIN

Discover the components of a great pitch and have the chance to practice informally with your peers. A great way to test your skills and to share your ideas in a low-pressure environment.

When: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall), University of Waterloo
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm


9. QUANTUM VALLEY INVESTMENTS® PROBLEM PITCH COMPETITION

Join the audience to watch students pitch important industry problems they have identified for a share of up to $15,000 in grant funding. You’ll even get to have your say, with the audience deciding which team wins the People’s Choice Award! Want to compete? Applications are open and close September 30 at 11:59pm. Audience registration will open soon.

When: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Where: Room 0050, Science Teaching Complex,  University of Waterloo
Time: 7:00pm  – 10:00pm


 10 & 11. VELOCITY FUND $5K QUALIFIERS

Pitch your startup idea to qualify for a chance to win $5K, or come watch. Early stage ideas are welcome. The winning teams will be invited to pitch at the Velocity Fund Finals on November 27, for a chance to win one of three $5,000 prizes.

Applications to pitch at the Velocity Fund $5K Qualifiers will open October 1. Applications for the separate Velocity Fund $25K competition will also open October 1 and close October 23. Audience registration will open soon.

When: Wednesday, November 7, and Thursday, November 8, 2018
Where: Room 0050, Science Teaching Complex, University of Waterloo
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm


12. BRAINSTORMING @SCIENCE 

This Velocity Science Brainstorming workshop is a great opportunity to meet fellow students interested in entrepreneurship and to bounce ideas off each other. This workshop is open to Undergraduate and Graduate students from all faculties who are interested in developing a science-based startup.

When: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Where: Location TBD
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm


13. BILLION DOLLAR BRIEFING

At this workshop, we will introduce you to five different billion-dollar problems! Learn what makes them empire-building opportunities, what mistakes were made in previous attempts to solve them, and what a powerful solution would need to deliver. A systemic approach to solving such problems will also be presented.

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall), University of Waterloo
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm


14. SETUP YOUR BUSINESS LIKE A BOSS

This workshop will address general legal and accounting considerations that will affect your business. Learn about the “nitty gritty” details of setting up your business.

When: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall), University of Waterloo
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm


15. VELOCITY FUND FINALS

The most action-packed, and thrilling day of the term – the Velocity Fund Finals. Watch 20 startups pitch for glory and $130K in funding. Learn more about the Velocity Fund, and the application deadlines hereWatch past pitches.

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Where: Student Life Centre (SLC) Great Hall, University of Waterloo
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

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