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What we're up to

RBC is involved in partnerships, initiatives and sponsorships to promote the growth of social finance in Canada. As a financial services company, RBC plays a role in helping create an environment where new and innovative companies can succeed in addressing social and environmental challenges.


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January 24-26 – Start up Weekend, “Tech For Good”, Toronto, ON


March 18 – Impact Ontario, Toronto, ON


March 21 – ASCEnt Social Enterprise Competition (opens external website in new window), Waterloo, ON


March 24-26 – Globe 2014 (opens external website in new window), Vancouver, BC


April 8 – VIFF (opens external website in new window) (screening of the documentary "Not Business As Usual" about social enterprise), Vancouver, BC


April 14 – Walrus Dialogue on Social Finance, Toronto, ON


May 13 – FounderFuel Spring Demo Days, Montreal, QC


May 26-28 – Responsible Investment Association Conference (opens external website in new window), Toronto, ON


September 2-5 – SOCAP (opens external website in new window), San Francisco, CA


September 25-26 – Banff Venture Forum (opens external website in new window), Calgary, AB


November 5 – FounderFuel Autumn Demo Days, Montreal, QC


November 6-7 – Sponsoring the Social Finance Forum, Toronto, ON


November 19 – Sponsoring Financing 101 Intensive for Entrepreneurs, Vancouver, BC


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MaRS Centre for Impact Investing: The Centre, launched in late 2011, is designed to increase awareness of social finance and direct new capital and talent to tackle social and environmental problems in Canada. RBC's $1 million, five-year commitment funds educational and advisory programs for investors, financial advisors, social enterprises, as well as the development of models, tools, products, research and services to create and measure positive social and environmental impact.

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Hub Ottawa: Hub is an incubator for social enterprise based in Ottawa, ON. HUB gives members the opportunity to accelerate their learning, connect with the right experts at the right time, collaborate, and build lasting professional relationships. More than 200 individuals have become members since HUB's launch in March 2012.

Impact8: This intensive eight-week boot camp in Toronto, ON brings high potential social ventures to a higher state of investment readiness, helping them attract financing and assisting them in scaling their impact. RBC is a founding supporter of Impact8, and we also provide advice and other services to the social ventures who go through the program.

Planet Hatch: RBC supports this Fredericton-based accelerator for conventional and social-purpose start-ups. Planet Hatch is part of Knowledge Park, New Brunswick's equivalent to MaRS.

Founder Fuel: FounderFuel is a Montreal-based start-up accelerator that helps early stage web, mobile and SaaS startups raise seed capital. Increasingly, Founder Fuel is accelerating socially and environmentally driven tech start-ups. RBC is the lead sponsor of Founder Fuel's Demo Days.

RISE Asset Development: In 2012, RBC donated $75,000 to Rise Asset Development, a financial initiative of the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). RISE provides micro financing and mentorship to entrepreneurs facing mental health and addiction challenges.


Support for 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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