I am the new VeloCity Director!

Posted on December 21, 2011

I am very excited to announce that I’ll be leading the VeloCity program at the University of Waterloo in the new year. After leaving RIM three months ago, I immersed myself in the local startup community. I believe that Kitchener-Waterloo can be the hub for innovation in mobile technology in Canada (if not North America) and I wanted to help in any way possible. As Director of the VeloCity program, I have an opportunity work with an established team to help students and alumni create successful companies. On top of that, I can give back to the university that contributed so much to my success.

I’m looking forward to working with the great team who have been building VeloCity into what it is today. I’m also excited that Brett Shellhammer is joining us as Executive-in-Residence. Brett’s experience ranges from Silicon Valley to Toronto, from leading startups to leading big corporate business units. Brett has had a big influence on my startup, and I know he’ll have a similar impact on the students in the program.

Speaking of my startup: I am still building my company. I know I have been vague on my blog but I’ll have some announcements on that front in January. For now, I can’t think of a better way to cap off my 2011!

Here’s the official announcement: [New Leadership Team for Velocity]

5 Replies to "I am the new VeloCity Director!"

  • David Yorke
    December 21, 2011 (3:42 pm)

    way to go Mike, you’re so perfect for this role. As a natural leader, and experienced in enterprise, a custom made opportunity exists for your mentoring capabilities. Well done!

    • mkirkup
      December 21, 2011 (8:51 pm)

      Thanks David – that is very kind of you. I am really excited about the opportunity to work with the students and team at VeloCity. It is going to be a ton of fun.

  • Mite Nishio
    December 21, 2011 (8:38 pm)

    Congratulations Mike! We are also promoting entrepeneurship and creation of tech startups in the Dominican Republic, maybe in the future we can connect some dominicans with Velocity. Merry Christmas!

    • mkirkup
      December 21, 2011 (8:50 pm)

      Sounds great! I would love to share best practices and lessons learned.

  • Fabian Heuwieser
    January 8, 2012 (2:23 pm)

    Nice to hear that you found a new job! Good look, i’m sure you’ll do great!

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