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1:1 Student Coaching

The best way to learn about growing your ideas is from those who have successfully done so.

Our network of coaches includes a variety of individuals made up of founders, small business owners, early employees from successful startups, and experienced entrepreneurs. They are available to meet on-on-one or in a small group to discuss your startup ideas and aspirations and help guide you to turning your concept into a reality. 

In addition to these fantastic coaches, we have close relationships with the other support units on campus. To provide the best resources possible, you may be referred to one of our partners whose expertise best match with your needs.   

“Henrique was easy to talk to, and every meeting was like a small step towards a bigger outcome. Coaching helped me understand the problem in detail and figure out a pathway to fulfillment!”

Aishwarya Bansal, Engineering Student

“My favourite coach so far is Lichen. She listened thoroughly while I explained my idea, played devil’s advocate by bringing up reasonable concerns, and offered to help me set milestones to keep me accountable.”

Anonymous, Mathematics Student

“Rachel Figueiredo provided invaluable information and resources about industry performance, market competition, emerging technologies, and on-campus groups.”

Venay Banga, Engineering Student

Coaching Session

Looking to meet with a Velocity Coach for the first time to discuss your startup business ideas, ask specific entrepreneurship questions, and/or get feedback on an upcoming pitch?

Connect with a Velocity team member to help you find the best fit.

Check out our roster of experienced coaches below. Determine who may be able to best meet your needs, and help you make the impact you dream of.  


Not sure and need some guidance on what you should do? Fill out our Campus Intake form. A Velocity representative will guide you in the right direction.

Let us help you get there.

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Please Note: Students who miss more than two sessions without at least eight hours notice will no longer be eligible for coaching sessions. If you need to cancel an appointment with a Coach, please make sure to do so at least 24 hours in advance by using the link in the invite or through a direct email to the Coach.

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Our Coaches

John Dick

John oversees the strategy of Velocity Campus programming on campus and is in charge of creating inspiring experiences for students who are interested in business and innovation. He was a cofounder of Nicoya where he led its R&D efforts for 7 years as CSO from start to Series A.

Areas of expertise: Spinning out technology from a university, market validation, business creation

Industry experience: Early stage business activities, Product development and R&D, Manufacturing

Contact for: Commercialization of research and deep tech, Venture exploration from side projects and capstones

https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-a-g-dick-718bb746/

Pat Martinson

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

https://www.linkedin.com/in/patmartinson/

Krysta Traianovski

Krysta supports early-stage teams with both their business and technical development through Velocity Science (ESC 232). She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BSc in Chemistry and an MBET. In 2016, Krysta co-founded BrightGuide, a software company in the healthcare space.

Areas of expertise: Early technology development (chemistry, nanotechnology, biotechnology), business model validation, customer validation, public speaking

Industry experience: Advanced materials, biotechnology, health tech

https://www.linkedin.com/in/krystat/

Ben Graham

Ben is passionate about developing programming and opportunities to support students at the earliest stage of innovation through problem analysis. He has worked on initiatives and projects with Canadian organizations and corporations where he researched commercial problems affecting industry.

Areas of expertise: Problem / Idea Formulation, Pitch Coaching, Market Research

Industry experience: Education

https://www.linkedin.com/in/benwgraham/

Tamer Shahin

Tamer provides technical support and mentorship to early-stage student teams that are working on their digital technology ideas, including hardware and software support. Prior to joining Velocity, Tamer worked in multiple roles leading engineering design teams.

Areas of expertise: Design for Manufacturing, Product Design, Electronics, Mechanical systems, Systems Engineering, Productivity Management, Project Management

Industry experience: Manufacturing, technology startups, mechanical engineering, solar energy

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tshahin/

Emily Martin

Emily is Velocity’s Entrepreneurship Experience Coordinator. She plans and facilitates programs for entrepreneurial-minded students, including the $5K competition.

Contact for: If you have questions about Velocity and what we do.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-martin-815a50162/