Velocity alumnus Jay Shah returns to take on director role

Velocity Jay Shah
"This is an inherently riskier proposition that we’re taking because we’re putting our money where our mouth is,” Shah said.

Early this morning, Velocity, the University of Waterloo’s incubator program, named its new director, Jay Shah. The announcement comes four months after outgoing director Mike Kirkup announced his departure to join local startup Encircle as CTO.

Shah has a long history with the program as a past Velocity Residence Don, and co-founder of BufferBox, a Velocity Garage alumnus, and Velocity Fund Finals winner. BufferBox was eventually acquired by Google, where Shah has been working for the past four years.

“The calibre of talent at the University of Waterloo, specifically its professors and new graduates, is a competitive advantage for companies in Waterloo,” said Shah in a statement. “They are the product of incredible academic faculties, a culture of supporting risk-taking, and the best co-op experiential learning system in the world.”

Shah will take over as Velocity director this September.

Image courtesy Velocity.

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.

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