Velocity Residence

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.

Since 2008, we have provided a unique opportunity for University of Waterloo students to live in an innovative and entrepreneurial environment right on campus through the Velocity Residence. It started as an experiment to see what would happen if student entrepreneurs lived together and worked on projects they were passionate about. In 2018 in honor of our 10 year anniversary, we continued to experiment with new ideas, including the expansion of entrepreneurial programming across all residences through a collaboration with WERC (Waterloo Entrepreneurship Residence Connection).

More Information about our EXPANSION AND PARTNERSHIP:

Beginning in Winter 2019, Minota Hagey Residence will continue to provide the same excellent accommodations and community that it always has, but our Velocity programming like startup events, founder panels, and mentorship will be expanded to any student living in any of the seven University of Waterloo Residences on campus. This includes Minota Hagey, Village 1, Ron Eydt Village, Claudette Millar Hall, Mackenzie King Village, UW Place, and Columbia Lake Village (North and South).

Living in the Minota Hagey Residence will no longer be dedicated to Velocity students, instead, it will be an exclusive upper year community. Applications to live there are available through Waterloo Residences.

What STUDENTS WIll get:

Access to people and companies that can help them grow and take their ideas to the next level:

  • Student Entrepreneurship Coaches that live in Residence
  • Dinners with startup founders and industry leaders

The opportunity to collaborate with the best students from a variety of faculties and programs:

  • Community building socials with students across campus

Events and workshops to help find a team and a project or business to work on:

  • Interest-based workshops
  • Themed meet-ups on a diverse range of topics


To get involved, students need to simply sign up for communications about upcoming events and programming. We will be holding events in a variety of common areas to keep it accessible for all residents (MH, V1, REV, CMH, MKV, UWP, and CLV). If you have any questions, please reach out to Carly Cameron (, Velocity Campus Programs Lead.

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