Update #1: My RBC uOttawa Entrepreneurship Program Journey

To start off my first blog post I thought it would be a good idea to give a brief introduction. My name is Jeff Kelly and I am a third year Commerce student, specializing in Management. I was born and raised in St. Thomas, ON which is about 20 minutes south of London, ON. Dating back to high school, I have always had an interest in business and entrepreneurship. This interest was mainly sparked by my involvement in Junior Achievement Company Program in high school.

When I initially applied for uOttawa’s co-op program, my goal was to gain a well-rounded education both in and out of the classroom. Ultimately, I saw value in being able to try out working in different sectors and industries to discover what I enjoyed doing. I was happy to have had a positive first co-op experience working for the Digital Design Branch at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. I hope to build off the experience I gained in my previous work term throughout the next few months.

The opportunity to return to an entrepreneurial environment for my second co-op term was something that grabbed my attention. I am fortunate to be working for a sports software startup, called GameStrat, for this term. GameStrat provides sideline instant replay software to both high school and university football, basketball and volleyball teams throughout Canada and the USA. In fact, the University of Ottawa football and men’s basketball teams are clients of GameStrat.

My goal for this term is to continue to grow and develop my personal and professional skills. Particularly, I want to use this opportunity to expand my creativity and communication skills. I have always had a passion for problem solving and I look forward to discovering and applying new methods and ideas during this term. I also look forward to being exposed to new ways of thinking in a startup environment, an environment where I have limited prior experience. While I do want to get as much knowledge and experience as I possibly can out of this term with GameStrat, I do realize that co-op is a two-way street. My objective is to provide as much value as I can in the roles that GameStrat needs me to fulfill. GameStrat has a great product and, more importantly, great people. With that in mind, I want my contributions during this semester to add as much value as possible.

I am excited to see what experiences are in store over the next few months, and I look forward to continue providing updates throughout this term.

Thank you to RBC and the University of Ottawa Co-op Office for making this amazing opportunity with the RBC uOttawa CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program possible. I greatly appreciate RBC and the Co-op Office’s contribution to my co-op experience!