University of Waterloo

Entrepreneurial Programs Lead

Requisition ID 2021-7036
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Employment Type
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Hiring Range
$53,053 - $66,316


Term: 3 Years


The Entrepreneurial Programs Lead will lead the Cornerstone and Translation Programs and manage coaching activities at Concept. The incumbent will serve as the link between the Incubator and Concept to ensure effective flow of information between the two as well as a smooth transition for campus teams to the Velocity Incubator. The Entrepreneurial Programs Lead will also be responsible for the management and coordination of Concept Coaches at the University of Waterloo.


Cornerstone Lead

  • Lead the delivery of Concept’s Cornerstone program as well as Concept Science, Capstone Startup Stream and Translation Stream. This includes support with recruitment to the programs (i.e. class presentations), coaching highest-potential project/teams and identifying when to “hand-off” to Incubator for further development
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with Incubator team members and other relevant stakeholders.  As appropriate, collaborates on strategies and initiatives that will support the mandate of Velocity programs, particularly as they relate to the process of transitioning to Incubator
  • Coordinate involvement of other Concept Coaches in these programs as applicable based on individual expertise
  • Create and deliver content most relevant to teams in the Cornerstone program via workshops, working sessions, etc. This includes support with finding speakers, creating decks/presentations and other as relevant
  • Serve as liaison between Concept and Velocity Incubator to ensure a smooth transition for campus teams to the Velocity Incubator in collaboration with other Concept Coaches and Incubator Business Advisor's
  • Facilitate the review process of pitch competition applications
  • Prepare/advise projects/teams re: pitch competitions
  • Participate in 1-to-many presentations/talks and assist with pitch competitions, some of which occur outside of standard office hours
  • Document processes for all activities above and adjust documentation to reflect current state as required

Organization of Concept Coaches 

  • Recruit and on-board Concept Coaches
  • Oversee operational aspects of coaching, including development of training materials and resource documents for coaches ensuring their consistency
  • Manage team of coaches and lead kick off and end of term coaches’ meetings
  • Provides ongoing leadership for Concept Coaches through regular feedback, including goal setting and performance management
  • Train coaches as needed to use very-early-stage frameworks (re: problem validation & customer discovery, signals of a viable business, signals of a venture-scalable business)

Translation Lead

  • Lead the intake process from application review to interviews and intake (ie. coordinate, screen applications, arrange interview dates and send out invitations for interview)
  • Recruit and meet with graduate students and professors to promote the Translation program
  • Meet with and advise Translation teams on a monthly basis, coordinate with Velocity Incubator Business Advisor's to funnel teams from the campus stream to Incubator when they are ready
  • Deliver the Translation boot-camp in conjunction with the Cornerstone program, manage coaches and seek feedback to improve processes for the next iteration


  • University Graduate level degree
  • The ideal candidate has previously started and worked on a startup for a minimum of 2 years, regardless of the final outcome of the company
  • Experience commercializing technology from a graduate research laboratory
  • Familiar with early-stage entrepreneurship frameworks
  • Frameworks to be familiar with:
    • Problem Analysis Methodology
    • Job Theory
    • Lean Startup
    • Design Thinking
  • Active listening, strong verbal and written communication skills and critical problem-solving is essential
  • Ability to maintain working knowledge of relevant technology, including MS Office Suite and Microsoft Teams
  • Strong presentation and group facilitation skills
  • Proven ability to take initiative and be both creative and flexible
  • Demonstrated ability to balance multiple priorities
  • Experience developing, modifying and delivering programs, training and workshops, ideally within a post-secondary environment

Vaccination Requirement Statement

All employees and students of the University of Waterloo are required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or have an approved accommodation, in order to come to campus. You can provide proof of vaccination or apply for an accommodation on our Campus Check-in website. You must have supplied proof of vaccination or requested an accommodation no later than October 17, 2021. For more information, please refer to the University of Waterloo website: Vaccination Requirement.

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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