a little about
What is it?
Research Entrepreneurs Accelerating Prosperity (REAP) sparks creative minds to explore the latest interactive, machine-to-machine, and digital display technologies, challenging students to build innovative business opportunities on top of our partners’ technologies.
How we do it
REAP is a leader in platform entrepreneurship. Rather than building technologies from scratch, REAP students learn to make existing technologies do new things for new markets. In this way, REAPsters create new business opportunities for themselves while contributing to the ongoing success of our partners.
Where we do it
REAP is a research initiative within the University of Waterloo. Our main lab – called the Felt Lab – is hosted by one of our founding partners, Quarry Integrated Communications, in St. Jacobs.
REAP is a non-credit research initiative at the University of Waterloo that pays undergraduate students to research and develop new uses and markets for various technologies. Arts-led, though not arts-exclusive, REAP employs students from all faculties for short and longer term projects.
Through paid research opportunities and group projects, students gain applied and practical experience in a variety of skills. These skills provide a competitive advantage when they enter the workforce or start their own business. In fact, many of our REAPsters find employment working for our industry partners.
Initially, REAPsters work independently on a 2-3 week research assignment. Following one or more of these research ‘sprints’, students may be assigned to a team with other students to work on a longer term assignment. Some of these projects have resulted in a business start-up for the student team.
REAP supports platform entrepreneurship from the ground up. From paying REAPsters to find viable, desirable, and feasible business ideas, to providing business plan writing, mentorship, and a bridge to further support systems, we help foster innovation and entrepreneurship in one of the most innovative cities in Canada.
Jill Tomasson Goodwin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo.Read More
David Goodwin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo. He teachesRead More
Joy assists in the coordination of Felt Lab activities, including events, communications and projects.Read More
Amy Debbane is a first year Global Business and Digital Arts student at the University of Waterloo whoRead More
Michelle Gordon is an environment and resource studies co-op student at the University of Waterloo. She is fascinatedRead More
Mahir Hoque is a Fine Arts major with a minor in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo.Read More
Casey Bettridge is a Knowledge Integration major with a minor in Computer Science student who has a passionRead More
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