Velocity Residence

Located in the Minota Hagey residence on campus at the University of Waterloo.

The Velocity Residence provides a unique opportunity for University of Waterloo students to live in an innovative and entrepreneurial environment right on campus. Students are given access to the latest technologies and the opportunity to learn from a great network of mentors and entrepreneurs. You don’t need an idea or team to apply, you just need to be passionate about entrepreneurship!

Entrepreneurs Wanted

What we’re looking for:

Ambitious, creative students who are interested in being entrepreneurs.

Applications are encouraged from those who are looking for an environment that encourages creativity and collaboration.

Students from all faculties and programs are eligible and encouraged to apply.

What you’ll get:

Exclusive access to people and companies that can help you grow and take your ideas to the next level including industry leaders, venture capitalists, professors, entrepreneurs.

The opportunity to collaborate with the best students in various complementary disciplines and the chance to live and work in a residence facility like no other.

Access to the latest technology including the Myo, Oculus Rift, 3D Printer, tablets and smartphone devices.

An intensive week of Velocity Bootcamp the first week of the term where you learn how to network, hear about problems worth solving, create a business model, and get started building your business.

A weekly dinner with a guest speaker who has experience in entrepreneurship. They’ll give you insight into what starting up is really like and there is always an opportunity for questions after the talk. You’ll also have access to micro funding to help you move ahead with your project or company. Apply online now!

Apply today


Want to live in an entrepreneurial environment with 70 other like-minded students, right on campus?

Here’s what you need to get in:

1. Interest in Startups

Students must have a keen interest in starting up a company.

2. Academic Standing

Students must be in satisfactory academic standing.

3. Undergraduate Year

Students must be enrolled in second year or above (some exceptions have been made for first year students).

4. School Attendance

Students must either be enrolled in a full-time academic term or on a co-op or e-coop term.

• Returning Velocity students are welcome.
• Graduate students are welcome.


Not all students have a project idea when they arrive at the Velocity residence. When they get here, they’re encouraged to build a team during Bootcamp Week and put their ideas into action.


Residents of Velocity will only be required to sign 4 month residence contracts.
Students are free to re-apply for subsequent terms for as long as they are registered UW students.

Winter 2014: $2,915
Spring 2014: $2,915
Fall 2014: $2,915


Bootcamp Week

Please note that this week is an exclusive, invite-only opportunity for residents of Velocity.

Day 1

Monday, September 8, 2014 | 6:45 pm | Starlight Lounge, 47 King St. N, Waterloo
Introduction to Velocity 
and Speed Dating | Dinner from Cheeses Murphy

Day 2

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 6:45 pm | Velocity Great Hall
Tech Night 

| Light Snacks

Day 3

Wednesday, September 10, 2013 | 6:45 pm | Velocity Great Hall
What’s Your Problem? With Larry Smith | 

Light Snacks

Day 4

Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 6:45 pm | Velocity Great Hall
Problem Session & Brainstorming with Mike Kirkup

Day 5

Friday, September 12, 2013 | 6:45 pm | Velocity Great Hall
Hoodie handout
Just Build Something
Light snacks 
| Late Night Pizza with Ambassadors

Day 6

Saturday, September 13, 2013 | 10:30 am | Velocity Great Hall
Breakfast made by the Velocity Team

Day 6

Saturday, September 13, 2013 | 7:00 pm | Velocity Great Hall
Dinner from Bon Choix
Show Us What You Made

Day 7

Sunday, September 14, 2013 | 11:45 am | Velocity Great Hall
| Lunch from Bon Choix


Q: I’m concerned about my grades being affected by living in the Velocity Residence and working on my startup while I’m in school. Is there a lot of pressure to be working on my business? What are the expectations?

A: Living in the Velocity Residence is what you make of it. We understand that you’re in school and are busy, but we also want to make sure you’re making use of the resources available to you. Attending our weekly dinners when you can, participating in “Bootcamp Week” in the evenings during the first week of classes, and completing biweekly status reports are a good way to do this.

Q: Can I live in residence if I’m on a co-op term?

A: Yes. If you have been placed in a job and it’s located in Waterloo Region or if you’re willing to commute, this is possible.