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Startup Canada Takes a Tour of VeloCity Garage and Residence with Mike Kirkup

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We talked a lot with Mike Kirkup over the years during his tenure at RIM as a VP of Developer Relations. Now, he’s Director of Student Innovation at VeloCity out of the University of Waterloo, giving startups the tools and resources they need to create great businesses.

VeloCity was created as a gateway to entrepreneurship for students. The program is a collaborative community of student innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs. From ideation to prosperous startup, VeloCity is where our most promising students and alumni find support. For a tour of some of the facilities, check out the videos below and take a tour with Mike Kirkup.
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Kik Messenger CEO Donates $1M to Mobile Startup Incubator for Students

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It’s hard enough to secure funding for your business, let alone secure funding as a student. VCs and investors are generally looking for someone with not only a great idea, but someone who also has experience in the industry. This doesn’t bode well for aspiring young entrepreneurs. To combat this, Ted Livingston, CEO of Kik, has donated $1M to the University of Waterlook VeloCity Residence, a residence-based startups incubator.

The University of Waterloo will establish a $1M seed fund for student startups and intends to provide “at least 30 student ventures” with $25,000 as well as four months of office space, incorporation services and mentoring over the next few years.
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