About the Velocity Program

There is nothing quite like Velocity in the entrepreneur ecosystem today. From idea to product creation to commercialization, Velocity is committed to providing the knowledge, tools, space and network that startups and entrepreneurs need for success.

Velocity is a leading entrepreneurship program at the University of Waterloo, and the largest free startup incubator in the world. Velocity runs programs on the University campus and in the broader Waterloo region. There are no fees to the programs Velocity runs and it does not take any equity from startups.

For students, Velocity augments their education by incubating their natural entrepreneurial spirit. For alumni, Velocity provides an avenue to apply the world-class education they receive from the University and apply it in innovative ways as they build startups and launch new products.

Velocity is a highly successful startup community, which contributed to the success of companies that include Kik , PebbleThalmic LabsMappedInSortable and Vidyard.

Velocity’s programs offer valuable experience and practical skills to students and the broader community.

The Velocity Residence is a dorm for University of Waterloo students who wish to learn more about building a startup or work on their current companies.

Velocity Start is an entrepreneurship discovery space that provides resources to learn about entrepreneurship, including a Makerspace, Problem Lab, and series of workshops, panels and sessions that runs each term to help educate people about building a successful business.

Velocity Science is a partnership with the Faculty of Science to provide a discovery lab, mentoring and coaching for any student with a life or materials science startup.

Velocity programs in the broader community build on the foundation of our on-campus programs.

The Velocity Fund was created to provide seed funding and pitch experience to companies.

The Velocity Garage provides more than 36,000 square feet of free workspace and a peer community for up to 120 software, hardware, and science startups.