Finding top talent through co-op students
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With — an e-commerce startup valued at $3.5 billion — Peter Szulczewski has come a long way from the first-generation Polish-Canadian teen who earned a scholarship to study mathematics at Waterloo. The company he founded with fellow alumnus Danny Zhang is among Waterloo’s “unicorns” — startup companies valued at $1 billion or more. Szulczewski believes in paying it forward, hiring Waterloo students and graduates, funding 10 Wish Scholarships at Waterloo each year and supporting student teams. The first ten employees at Wish are allWaterloo grads, and the company is committed to finding top talent through University of Waterloo co-ops.

"Wish looks at students from many different schools, but we believe that the students who come out of the UWaterloo co-op program are able to come here and just dive right in, being productive from day one. That is unique to UWaterloo co-op students and it is extremely valuable. High-tech companies in the valley like Google and Facebook are picking up on this too, and that’s why the competition for UWaterloo co-op students is so fierce here."
Peter Szulczewski
Founder of
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