About Me

The life of Mike Kirkup

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    322
    Green Teas
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    1,686
    Pictures taken this year
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    5 hr 34 min
    Average Sleep
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    18 hr 4 min
    Travel Time Last Month
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    2000+
    Kilometers Walked (FitBit)

Me in a Nutshell

I am the Director at Velocity, the University of Waterloo’s startup program. I joined the Velocity team in 2012 to help foster entrepreneurship throughout the University of Waterloo and the startup community of Kitchener-Waterloo. During my time at Velocity, I have mentored such startup successes as BufferBox, MappedIn and Thalmic Labs, to name a few. I understand both the creative and commercial paths to building successful businesses. For over a decade, I mentored hundreds of startups focused on developing mobile applications. I am trying my best to make Waterloo Region and Canada the best place to build a company. Email me

My Skills

  1. Family 80%
  2. Training 60%
  3. Sleeping 40%
  4. Working 90%
I love my life.  Great day job (Velocity), great side jobs (too many to list here), amazing family and lucky to have my health.

  • Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.- Napolean Hill
  • I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been- Wayne Gretzky
  • What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.- Ralph Waldo Emerson