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Camelia Nunez

Entrepreneur and Higher Education Leader

University of Waterloo

Job Description

My job is to create and provide university students and other young people with the tools and resources they need to carry out their ideas and projects. In other words, my job is to empower and nurture an entrepreneurial mindset.

Relevant School Subjects

  • Business
  • Computer Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Technological Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Admin/Business
  • Education/Training
  • Languages/Culture
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • PR/Communications

Career Story

Ever since I was a child I wanted to be a teacher. In highschool I was determined to work towards making that dream come true. I wanted to teach languages (French and Spanish). In university I realized I was also fascinated with the actual process of learning a foreign language so I decided to do a PhD in linguistics where I studied foreign language acquisition and multilingualism.

There I met a computer science researcher and I realized that if we worked together and combined my knowledge of language learning with his technical skills, we could build a tool to help millions of people who were trying to learn another language. Way more people than I would ever be able to help teaching one class at a time.

So combining our knowledge, we built an on demand conversation partner powered by a technology called AI.

Then, I wanted to make this technology available to the world so turned it into a startup. This is where my career took a big turn and I became an entrepreneur.

My experience starting and running my own businesses has taught me that entrepreneurship is about much more than starting a new venture. It really is about solving important problems for other people. In other words its about creating value for others, be it economic or social. Whether you are starting a new business, a not for profit or putting together a fundraiser for your school, you are creating value. You are being entrepreneurial.

I apply my entrepreneurial mindset to everything I do in my career and one of my personal goals is to nurture and empower an entrepreneurial mindset in kids, teens and all people, really.

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