Students need to be part of the community. <ul><li>Engaging students outside of academics and introducing them to the star...
&quot;I worry  there isn't enough joy  in the 4-5 years students are here&quot;  David Johnston, President - University of...
Take a residence
Update the spaces
Add students from across campus
The campus incubator.
Text http://www.startupnorth.ca/2008/02/23/velocity-incubator-20-or-something-completely-new/
Startup Assumptions <ul><li>Students want to get into entrepreneurship but don’t know where to start. </li></ul><ul><li>Es...
How students got in. <ul><li>Set up information booths and class presentations. </li></ul><ul><li>Apply through the websit...
Once they got in <ul><li>Conference to start the term. </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers/mentors come in throughout the term. </l...
Partnerships <ul><li>Offer an easy point of contact for off-campus groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Easily coordinate with other ...
Badass http://forums.redflagdeals.com/velocity-residence-waterloo-747727/
Year two goals. <ul><li>Let students know what is going on in the Waterloo community. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students...
Tweaks <ul><li>Utilize twitter (@uwvelocity) </li></ul><ul><li>Ignore Facebook presence. </li></ul><ul><li>Build up site, ...
More tweaks <ul><li>Structure the team formation and idea generation around the first two weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring i...
Results <ul><li>StartupCampWaterloo8:  7/10 presentations were associated with VeloCity . 2/3 of attendees students. </li>...
Bootcamp <ul><li>Regular sessions: Pub lunches, scheduled speakers and set topics </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on face to fa...
http ://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=3067434&p=2
Text http://www.opinion.uwaterloo.ca/browse/view/279 Of the twelve start-ups, if they can be called that, that Jesse Rodge...
Reflections.
The  community  needs students to be  engaged .
Focus on the experience and  producing something .
Iterate. Evolve.
Next steps <ul><li>Work on relationship with student run groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage Alumni and community contacts wi...
http://www.globecampus.ca/blogs/colemans-campus/2010/05/18/why-are-athletics-priority-fiscal-reality/
The  most vibrant cities in Canada embrace their university students  and weave them into the fabric of the community; our...
Thanks! <ul><li>Jesse Rodgers </li></ul><ul><li>Associate Director, VeloCity -- University of Waterloo </li></ul><ul><li>B...
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  • VeloCity runs 70 students per term, 210 per year. Currently funded by Housing.
  • “ looking to work with an academic in x with y skills” is now complimented by the ability of the students. Accelerator Centre, OCE, Rogers, Apple, etc.
  • Before Spring 2009, on part-time director, a co-ordinator on contract, and heavy reliance on a Impact. Two Associate Directors hired, later a community manager (co-op).
  • Funding for 3 teams from across the country, 42 applications. 5 min video, business plan.
  • Half a dozen traditional news papers, ~62K in ad value.
  • Not all positive but missing the point.
  • We generate a lot of media buzz. We are successful but defining that is hard.
  • Feedback from local entrepreneurs is one of excitement.
  • Think big but be realistic, build a small piece.
  • We must stay true to the community we live in. If we aren’t trying new things we aren’t learning.
  • Is an incubator a priority in this fiscal reality?
  • Students need to be part of the community

    1. 1. Students need to be part of the community. <ul><li>Engaging students outside of academics and introducing them to the startup community. </li></ul>
    2. 2. &quot;I worry there isn't enough joy in the 4-5 years students are here&quot; David Johnston, President - University of Waterloo David Johnston, President - University of Waterloo
    3. 3. Take a residence
    4. 4. Update the spaces
    5. 5. Add students from across campus
    6. 6. The campus incubator.
    7. 7. Text http://www.startupnorth.ca/2008/02/23/velocity-incubator-20-or-something-completely-new/
    8. 8. Startup Assumptions <ul><li>Students want to get into entrepreneurship but don’t know where to start. </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing a network outside of classmates is hard. </li></ul><ul><li>Industry partners and alumni would be willing to support this. </li></ul>
    9. 9. How students got in. <ul><li>Set up information booths and class presentations. </li></ul><ul><li>Apply through the website. </li></ul><ul><li>Interview for a space. </li></ul><ul><li>Get a tour. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Once they got in <ul><li>Conference to start the term. </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers/mentors come in throughout the term. </li></ul><ul><li>Teams formed organically and presented ‘projects’ at end of term expo. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Partnerships <ul><li>Offer an easy point of contact for off-campus groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Easily coordinate with other organizations, incubators, and service groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Commercialization of undergraduate efforts. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Badass http://forums.redflagdeals.com/velocity-residence-waterloo-747727/
    13. 13. Year two goals. <ul><li>Let students know what is going on in the Waterloo community. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students to attend events that are off campus. </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce students to local service organizations that aren’t geared towards students. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Tweaks <ul><li>Utilize twitter (@uwvelocity) </li></ul><ul><li>Ignore Facebook presence. </li></ul><ul><li>Build up site, include a blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Hire some people (had one full time contract staff before). </li></ul>
    15. 15. More tweaks <ul><li>Structure the team formation and idea generation around the first two weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring in a community manager. </li></ul><ul><li>Do a better job at telling our stories through regular blog posts. </li></ul><ul><li>Worry less about the mentors. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Results <ul><li>StartupCampWaterloo8: 7/10 presentations were associated with VeloCity . 2/3 of attendees students. </li></ul><ul><li>One hardware company launching product now, mobile software company with significant Angel Funding , others have hired co-ops with some growth. </li></ul><ul><li>Easier access to co-op jobs within startups. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Bootcamp <ul><li>Regular sessions: Pub lunches, scheduled speakers and set topics </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on face to face activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Spending more time on video and content production. </li></ul><ul><li>Some teams working out of the Accelerator Centre. </li></ul>
    18. 18. http ://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=3067434&p=2
    19. 19. Text http://www.opinion.uwaterloo.ca/browse/view/279 Of the twelve start-ups, if they can be called that, that Jesse Rodgers has listed as part of the article I can't help but feel slight dissatisfaction as the vast majority of these project aren't what can traditionally be considered 'innovative', instead falling squarely into that listless mire known as 'derivative' .
    20. 20. Reflections.
    21. 21. The community needs students to be engaged .
    22. 22. Focus on the experience and producing something .
    23. 23. Iterate. Evolve.
    24. 24. Next steps <ul><li>Work on relationship with student run groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage Alumni and community contacts with a newsletter, twitter, and blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Formalize a mentor network. </li></ul><ul><li>Find a space in the community (Ryerson DMZ). </li></ul>
    25. 25. http://www.globecampus.ca/blogs/colemans-campus/2010/05/18/why-are-athletics-priority-fiscal-reality/
    26. 26. The most vibrant cities in Canada embrace their university students and weave them into the fabric of the community; our region is experiencing a groundswell of efforts to do the same. Maxwell's Music House often features student musicians, the K-W Symphony's M4U program offers extraordinary discounts to students, and new initiatives are launched every day. We still have a long way to go, but you can see the change happening . Joseph Fung, Director of IT & Collaboration StrategiesThe Centre for International Governance Innovation Board of Directors, KWAG Council Member, Barnraisers Council
    27. 27. Thanks! <ul><li>Jesse Rodgers </li></ul><ul><li>Associate Director, VeloCity -- University of Waterloo </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: http://whoyoucallingajesse.com </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @jrodgers </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul>

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