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Investing for Impact

RBC Generator

The RBC Generator is a $10-million pool of capital for investment in businesses that tackle social and environmental challenges, while generating a financial return.


What We're Investing In

The RBC Generator aims to generate market, or near-market, returns by investing in Canadian for-profit businesses and third-party funds tackling social or environmental challenges. Investment opportunities will be evaluated based on their potential to deliver long-term financial return, as well as benefits in at least one of our four strategic areas.

You are on: Energy

EnergyGlobal demand for energy continues to grow, while rising greenhouse gas emissions risk destabilizing our climate. Innovative, energy efficient solutions are needed to drive down costs and reduce environmental impacts.

You are on: Water

WaterIncreasingly, stressed water infrastructure can’t meet growing supply demands and the increasing unpredictability of extreme weather. Solutions are needed to help solve water supply, management and quality challenges.

You are on: Employment

EmploymentSatisfying work has been identified as a leading factor in mental health, and in paving the way for a fulfilling life. Unfortunately, there is typically a much higher unemployment rate for those with mental health challenges, new immigrants, those without a high school or university diploma and youth — who are experiencing unprecedented unemployment rates.

You are on: Education

EducationA skilled and educated population contributes to economic prosperity and the health and wellbeing of individuals. But the journey from education to employment is fraught with barriers, including high enrollment costs, a lack of skills training and hands-on experience, and a challenging job market.


How We Invest

The RBC Generator makes debt and equity investments from $100,000 to $1 million through a flexible range of structures. We will also consider follow-up investments for organizations with proven scalability that require additional financing.

You are on: A New Model

RBC is looking for organizations with unique business models and third-party funds that drive economic growth while helping to create a more sustainable future. Our goal is to provide organizations with early-stage financing to help them to build success and attract commercial financing in the future.

You are on: Investee Support

We want our investees to reach their maximum potential, and will provide them with appropriate support to meet their business and community goals.

  • Legal support
    • We will help investees establish affordable relationships with external legal counsel.
  • Financial advice and mentoring
    • Investees have access to a network of RBC advisors offering expert financial advice. We will also invite investees and prospects to take part in networking opportunities with successful businesses and investors.
  • Skills for running a high-growth company
    • Investees will have the opportunity to participate in accelerator programs for social entrepreneurs.

You are on: Impact Metrics

The impact of an investee organization should be quantifiable and reportable. RBC will work with successful investees to measure community impact. In addition to regular financial reporting, all investees must report on the impact their business is making, or will make, in one or more of the following areas:

  • Reduction in energy use
  • Reduction in greenhouse gas or other emissions
  • Improvement in water quality
  • Reduction in water use
  • Change in number of people employed
  • Change in value of wages and benefits paid

You are on: Bring It to Scale

We value organizations committed to scaling their operations and taking their unique approach mainstream. To succeed, investee organizations must have:

  • A strong idea, product or service combined with a unique business model
  • The right management expertise
  • The ability to attract prospective clients
  • A foundation of strong governance
  • A track record of success
  • Revenue

Are You Investment Ready? Find out if your social enterprise qualifies for financing from the RBC Generator. [ Guidelines and Eligibility ]


Investing in Aboriginal Entrepreneurs

RBC is an investor in the CAPE fund, which is focused on investment opportunities with strong Aboriginal involvement and connection to Aboriginal communities throughout Canada.

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Support for Aboriginal Entrepreneurs

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