The program was made possible by a major investment by RBC in creating jobs and wealth and fostering innovation. This program provides support to students wishing to gain entrepreneurial experience.
The RBC CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program was created for students with an entrepreneurial flair who wish to develop their own project, upgrade their knowledge of entrepreneurship through an entrepreneurial apprenticeship or help a small start-up business. This beneficial and immersive program runs for four months and allows students to focus on developing their entrepreneurial spirit through experiential learning—key in the business world. The program gives students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how businesses work while providing them with the chance to acquire the skills and competencies necessary to manage a business. Students accepted into the program will received a $10,000 scholarship, with the possibility of an additional scholarship of $5,000 to continue the project part-time after completion of their work term. All CO-OP students are eligible for the program. The deadline to apply for the Winter 2019 term is July 1, 2018. For more information about the Program.
Here are some testimonials from students who’ve had a chance to participate in the RBC CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program.
Justin McLeod – 2016 | Mechanical Engineering
“ING Robotic Aviation Inc. paired with the RBC uOttawa Entrepreneurship CO-OP Program has really allowed me to channel my ambition. ING has given me full ownership of my 3-axis gimbal project, and I can now honestly say that I’m much more prepared to run an engineering services business if ever the opportunity arises. "
Holly Todd – 2017 | Marketing
“Working to build my own business was definitely challenging this past summer, but it was also very rewarding. My business, Sprout, which I run as part of the uOttawa student group Enactus, sells fresh produce and instructional meal kits in areas that lack access to healthy foods. I was able to turn my passion for creating positive social change into a job, and I can’t think of a better way to spend my summer. “
Blog link: https://www.sproutott.ca/rbc-blog
Steven Bui – 2018 | Accounting
“For my parents, entrepreneurship was integral to their transition into Canadian society. When they emigrated from Vietnam, they knew the best way to become part of the Ottawa community was to contribute to it directly. My parents are an inspiration to me and through their success, I’ve been enticed by the idea of starting my own business and being able to give back to the Ottawa community. When I saw that RBC and uOttawa were providing an opportunity to work with a start-up, I knew that the experience would be very valuable and unlike any other job I’ve worked so far. Since starting at MicroMetrics in January, I’ve been exposed to the start-up world and what skills are an absolute necessity to succeed in this environment. I will carry the skills that I have developed through this experience for a lifetime and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me next! ”