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 most productive startup incubator in Canada. Velocity runs programs on the University campus and in the broader Waterloo region. There are no fees to the programs Velocity runs.

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 KikPebble, North (formerly Thalmic Labs), MappedinSortable and Vidyard.

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

The Velocity Residence provides aspiring entrepreneurs living in Waterloo Residences with the opportunity to collaborate and work on projects they are passionate about. Startup events and mentorship are available to any student living in any of the seven University of Waterloo Residences on campus.

Velocity Start provides resources to learn about entrepreneurship, including workshops and panels that run each term as well as startup coaching.

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 37,000 square feet of free workspace, as well as access to our team of business advisors, equipment, and a peer community of 80+ software, hardware, and science startups.