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Innovation from scratch.

The Zero Experience will teach you how to make a difference with what you already have.

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Distinguish yourself by making a difference

Get the tools to analyze and design solutions for problems affecting millions of people, network with internationally awarded leaders in innovation, and learn how to transform vague ideas into realities, all in just two hours a week.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first-year or grad student. The Zero Experience will teach you how to stand out and leave an impact, no experience required.

“Honestly the Zero Experience has been the best experience I’ve had since I came to Waterloo. I don’t regret any moment of work here.”

1A Alum

How does it work?

The Zero Experience’s weekly online 2-hour workshops (Wednesdays 6-8pm ET) teach you how to make a real impact from scratch, and give you a recipe for figuring out what you want in life.

In Week 1, you’ll identify a globally urgent problem and break it down to figure out what’s actually wrong. In Week 2, you’ll learn to network efficiently and ideate creative solutions. And by Week 3, you’ll be crafting plans to put your solution in action.

Here’s the cool part. At Week 3’s end, we’ll start you from scratch with a new problem, team of peers, set of ideas, and innovation capabilities; all to go faster and farther than ever next week. By the end of The Zero Experience, you’ll have three sets of problems, solutions, connections, plans, and opportunities to move forward with.

“I absolutely loved the Zero Experience and am so happy I joined. It was an extraordinary program.”

Graduate Studies Alum

What do you get out of this?

The most powerful outcome that Zero alumni talk about is the mindset shift.

Alumni say they’re much better at discovering and understanding important problems, designing great solutions, and learning from their mistakes. They know how to lead their peers. They’ve become some of the best networkers they know, and have significantly more confidence in themselves. They’ve become innovators.

Some of them emerge with fascinating new jobs and iron-clad resumes, others become award-winning Velocity entrepreneurs, others develop novel research proposals, and more. The Zero Experience provides a broad foundation and mindset you can build off of in a million different directions.

Over a thousand UW students have joined this program. But ultimately, you define your unique Experience.

“I was sold within the first few minutes – the way the Zero Experience teaches these skills is mind blowing to me. Truly well-designed, engaging, and something I will be using for years and years to come.”

4A Alum

This isn’t school.

Every part of the Zero Experience is super interactive, stuffed to the brim with knowledge and all those soft skills university doesn’t teach, created so you can practice with peers immediately.*

*There’s never more than 10 minutes of lecturing at a time. Every cool idea is instantly used, and echoes as the program goes on.

“It would be hard to find a program like the Zero Experience that allows you to accomplish both personal and professional goals at the same time. This program just has something. It is so well organized and inclusive.”

2B Alum

But that’s not all!

Meet incredible guest innovators (the NASA Hawaii Simulation Mission Commander anyone?) during optional fireside chats after each workshop. Then learn how to network with them without feeling like a fraud.

Get deeply researched answers on how to be successful, freely available in the Zero Experience library and written by UWaterloo students like you.

Join the exclusive alumni group with endless access to all Zero content and hundreds of motivated peers to network with. Get a signed certificate to prove your team innovation experience. End with a real project to kickstart your impact.

This works.

Now on its seventh term and with over a thousand alumni, The Zero Experience is proven to help you find a problem you care about.

If you don’t like it, you can leave anytime!

But if it clicks with you as it has for hundreds of your peers, the Zero Experience will transform your university experience.

I feel like the Zero Experience rekindled my love of learning and trying to understand the world, and I’m still riding that high. Beyond grateful for the program.”

1B Alum
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