1:1 Student Coaching
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Nicole manages an award-winning accelerator program. She enjoys helping entrepreneurs to use business model innovation as well as market and user research to create opportunities for disruption.
Expertise: Service design, regulation, IP & patenting, customer discovery, pitch coaching
Jotham is an avid supporter of early-stage, impact-focused founders. He has supported health, education and environmental startups in building out impact and ESG-related metrics, fundraising strategy and pitching.
Expertise: Pitch coaching, problem/idea formulation, legal documents & incorporation
Pablo has founded 3 payment startups in the areas of 3D printing, FinTech and content creation.
Expertise: Software, fundraising, sales
Pat has co-founded or been an early employee at four hardware startups. He’s worn many hats including roles in recruitment, project management, and supply chain.
Expertise: Hardware, prototyping, problem/idea formulation, pitch coaching, customer discovery
Rachel has spent the past 5 years in startups, starting from being the CEO of a Capstone project turned company, to marketing and product management.
Expertise: Science, IP, legal/incorporation, customer discovery
Youssef is the CEO of NERv, a medical device startup. Prior to founding NERv, he worked on another startup in the entertainment space.
Expertise: Science, IP, problem/idea formulation, legal/incorporation
Cole is passionate about the people side of entrepreneurship. He is the co-founder of IntelliCulture (an agriculture tech startup) and has a mix of experience in pitching, customer discovery, and building tech.
Expertise: Pitch coaching, problem/idea formulation, customer discovery, prototyping/mockups
Amr is passionate about entrepreneurship and medtech. As COO at NERv, he wears multiple hats allowing him to gain experience in fundraising, pitching, business strategy, and operations.
Expertise: Sales & biz dev, customer discovery, pitch coaching, legal & IP
Paul directs an incubator program for peace-focused start-ups, and also supports our campus entrepreneurship ecosystem by facilitating participation in Oxford’s annual Map the System challenge and Conrad Grebel University College’s PeaceTech Living Learning Community.
Expertise: Problem & idea formulation, social impact, political engagement
Ramin loves taking big problems and dissecting them down into more manageable and less scary chunks. He is the co-founder of IntelliCulture and has a strong experience in prioritizing objectives to maximize growth.
Expertise: Problem & idea formulation, pitch coaching, hardware & software development, prototyping
Ryan enjoys working with passionate entrepreneurs who are raising capital to build their innovative ideas. He has helped founders develop best practices when pitching to VCs.
Expertise: Problem & idea formulation, early fundraising (seed & pre-seed), customer discovery
Judy loves helping founders in the food and education space. She is known for her practical and empathetic approach in problem identification, user discovery, and personal growth. She has two teenage daughters, loves teaches Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Seneca College, co-founded York Region’s Food Accelerator, and is a certified Life Coach.
Expertise: Leadership skills, Food CPG industry, problem/idea formulation, pitch coaching
Keyma is passionate about health technology and medical research. She’s co-founded a health tech startup and held industry positions focused on human factors/usability and systems engineering for medical device development.
Expertise: Research, problem/idea formulation, customer discovery, medical device development
Dylan is an Associate at Expa, where he works to identify and support talented founders for Expa’s pre-seed investments. He has also created a social enterprise called The Forward Movement that promotes accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, pitch coaching, customer discovery
Alexander is an entrepreneurial game designer and an investor at Pioneer Fund. He co-founded Gamelynx which launched games and websites to over a million people after going through Velocity and Y Combinator.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, customer discovery, pitch coaching, software development & prototyping
Dinuka is passionate about student success, coaching and mentorship. Over the last decade, he has worked across multiple provinces and post-secondary institutions and has supported the work of student entrepreneurs.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, pitch coaching, marketing, science/deep tech
Prashanth is an Engineering leader with a creative mindset who thrives on solving complex problems using innovative tools & techniques. He’s a Digital Consultant, Keynote Speaker & a Life Coach – focused on helping people pursuing their passions.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, customer discovery, pitch coaching, software development & prototyping, marketing, sales, science/deep tech
Shoma is passionate about entrepreneurship and the innovation ecosystem. She has over a decade of experience in the ecosystem through involvement in an advanced materials startup/scale-up, as a co-founder and leader of non-profit initiatives, and as the lead of a clean-tech accelerator program.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, hardware development & prototyping, IP & patenting, science/deep tech, customer discovery, sales & business development
Tony Brijpaul is a Co-Founder and first employee of Miovision, a leader in Smart Transportation. He built the organization into a global technology company with a revenue CAGR of 38% over the last 10 years, customers in over 60 countries, and over 250 staff.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, legal documents & incorporation, customer discovery, pitch coaching, hardware & software development, prototyping, IP & patenting
Naudia is the Entrepreneurship and Technology Advisor at the City of Kitchener and Waterloo Region Small Business Advisor. She can be found working on entrepreneurship opportunities and helping companies start their business. She has a passion for Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, legal documents & incorporation, customer discovery, pitch coaching, marketing
An innovator with a profound grasp of Blockchain, AI and ML, Pulkit Arora is a seasoned leader with a solid commercial acumen and operational success in driving aggressive omnichannel campaigns and customer-centric strategies internationally.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, Prototyping, Sales, Pitch Coaching, Customer Discovery
Matt loves helping founders in the health technology space (diagnostics, digital health, medical devices). He is the COO of Curiato, with experience in clinical trials, regulatory (FDA/Health Canada), hospital sales (NA), raising capital and product usability.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, Sales, Pitch Coaching, Customer Discovery, Legal Documents & Incorporation, Science/deeptech
Jeffrey is a Senior Associate at Scotiabank’s Technology and Innovation Banking, where he works closely with both early and growth stage startups on providing non-dilutive venture debt financing. He previously worked at a VC firm that focuses on Series-A/B investments and currently helps entrepreneurs with fundraising and pitch coaching. He is passionate about mentorship and has worked with many students who are exploring a career in tech.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, Sales, Pitch Coaching and Customer Discovery
Eric is currently Revolut’s head of financial crime technology, and is actively building and operationalizing solutions for tackling financial crime covering a global customer of over 10 million customers. He is a 2015 Waterloo math alumni.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, Customer Discovery/Talking to the users, SW Dev & Prototyping
As VP of Technology at CarbonTerra, Pavel Bordioug is currently leading innovations in the agtech and blockchain spaces. He has a diverse set of experiences building startups including Savynet, a freelance management platform, as well as the satellite imagery analysis company NXT Farm, an agtech business which featured top industry advisors such as Chris Hadfield and Richard Titus. During his time at NXT Farm, the start-up expanded internationally offering precision agriculture services from the Canadian Prairies all the way to South Africa. From these companies he was able to make successful exits and is continuing his journey as an innovator in both agtech and blockchain.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, Science/Deeptech, Customer Discovery/Talking to users, SW Dev & Prototyping, AG Tech, Blockchainn, Fintech
Mahdi is passionate about bringing domain knowledge to the market through scientific entrepreneurship and client-discovery. He has years of experience spaning across multiple domains including, Biotech, Medical devices, Biologics and project management. He has been actively involved in early stage startups and co-founded AIM colours as well as Sweanse.
Expertise: Problem/idea formulation, Science/Deeptech, Customer Discovery/Talking to users, Pitch Coaching, IP & Patenting, Project management, Biotech, Biopharma, Biochemical analytics, Nanoscience, Drug Delivery, Diagnostics.