a little about

REAP

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.

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What's happening at the

Felt Lab


Weekly Events

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Technology Resources

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Industry Partners

REAP strengthens Waterloo Region’s reputation as a hotbed of technical innovation, contributes directly to Ontario’s economic agenda, and supports Canada’s aspirations to be a world-leader in interactive, machine-to-machine, and digital technologies.

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As a living lab, REAP relies on its private and public sector partners to bring fresh insights, challenges, and opportunities to our teams. Along with support–equipment, funding, expertise, and mentorship–our partners bring a passion for bringing great ideas to market.

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Students

RESEARCH

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.

EMPLOYMENT

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.

WORK

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.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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.

 

Meet our

People

Joy Smith

Operations

Joy assists in the coordination of Felt Lab activities, including events, communications and projects.

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Diane Williamson

Business Development

Diane coordinates business development and oversees operations management.

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Dr. Jill Tomasson Goodwin

REAP Executive

Jill Tomasson Goodwin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo.

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Dr. David Goodwin

REAP Executive

David Goodwin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo.  He teaches

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the latest from our

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Guest post by REAPster John Meade Digifest is an annual digital festival held in Toronto designed to showcase groundbreaking creations

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To many, the words "virtual reality" are just buzz words. A concept. Yet for content creators with an eye to

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Guest Post by Filip Jadczak Filip Jadczak here, back again to share my experiences in my newest sprint here at the

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Guest Post by Jennifer Janik Art-Mersion is an event that was created to explore new ways to experience a deeper

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Guest post by Justin Van Daele This past Friday’s lunch and learn, we were lucky to have Ryan Van Stralen from

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