RBC uOttawa CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program

 RBC uOttawa COOP Entrepreneurship Program - Investing in students, unlocking their potential

What is the RBC CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program?

The RBC CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program will set the standard when it comes to helping students develop an entrepreneurial mindset. RBC’s investment of $450,000 over three years will provide significant new opportunities for entrepreneurially-minded CO-OP students. It will allow them to test ideas and learn the myriad skills needed to get a business off the ground and either graduate to running a full-fledged operation or take part in further incubation programs.

Rather than hoping for a position with an existing company, RBC CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program participants will learn how to become successful entrepreneurs. By investing in students with the passion to develop their entrepreneurial skills, RBC will be creating employment and wealth, while fostering the kind of innovation that is needed for future prosperity.

Three types of entrepreneurial ventures

  1. Business idea or project: Dedicate time to getting your business idea or project off the ground.

  2. Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship: An entrepreneurial apprenticeship provides you with experiential learning opportunities so you can develop your entrepreneurial mindset and innovation skills. This practice-based form of entrepreneurship education gives you the freedom to pursue projects that promote learning by doing and employing new technologies.

  3. Placement in a small start-up where students are exposed to the entire business: Complete a traditional CO-OP placement in a relatively new small business. These placements are designed to introduce you to all aspects of business management.

Who can participate?

CO-OP students from all faculties can apply to the RBC CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program.

  • Applicants should take an entrepreneurship course at the University of Ottawa before applying.
  • Applicants wishing to work on their own business venture should meet with Stephen Daze or Hanan Anis before applying.

Startups that wish to hire a CO-OP student

  • Startups that wish to hire a CO-OP student as part of this program must offer an on-site educational experience in which the student develops an entrepreneurial mindset. While the student can play a particular role within the startup, he or she must also be provided with various learning opportunities and exposure to the ins and outs of running a startup.

What are the advantages for participants?

  1. Four full months to work on cultivating an entrepreneurial edge
  2. Receipt of a $10,000 scholarship and the possibility of receiving an additional $5,000 to continue with your project part time over the next term
  3. Access to core resources and various support services

How to apply - students?

Please fill the online form and make sure to consider the following deadlines:

Targeted Work Term
Application Deadline
Interviews
Results

Fall

March 1

Mid-March

End of March

Winter

July 1 (of the year before)

Mid-July

End of July

Summer

November 19 (the year before)

End of November

End of December

How to apply - startups?

Startups that wish to hire a CO-OP student should email Marc-André Daoust. In the email, please answer the following questions:

  • What type of work will the student be doing?
  • How will you ensure the student receives an on-site educational experience that develops his or her entrepreneurial mindset?
  • Describe the learning opportunities and exposure to the ins and outs of running a startup you will be able to provide.

Be sure to include your company name, company contact person, the program(s) of study you’re interested in recruiting from, the term you’re recruiting for (e.g., Winter 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018) and your phone number.

2016 Recipients

Justin McLeod
Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of 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. I still have an immense amount to learn, but this work term has really allowed me to soak up a large amount of information in an environment that I can definitely see myself in in the future. I may sound like a broken record, but you need to be open to learning something new and sharpening your skills every day."

Link to the blog:
https://medium.com/@Just_McLeod30/rbc-uottawa-entrepreneurship-co-op-aa9137142d4c#.ehmnen19k

 

2017 Recipients

Daniel Laframboise - Software Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

"Throughout the winter of 2017, I had the chance of a lifetime to work for a local early-stage startup called Welbi. This was an incredible opportunity that allowed me to develop not only technical skills but also soft skills, something larger companies simply can’t offer. Working with Welbi made it possible for me to experience the ups and downs that startups go through every day and taught me to be able to adapt quickly and change priorities on a dime. The founders I worked beside every day—who had given up the chance of a stable career to instead take their shot at changing the world through innovation and technology—served as a huge inspiration. I’ll be forever thankful to RBC, the University of Ottawa CO-OP staff who helped set up the work term and Nick and Elizabeth from Welbi for giving me the opportunity."

Holly Todd - Marketing

Telfer School of Management

"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 a summer. I learned so much as an entrepreneur that I know I wouldn't’ have learned if I’d worked at a traditional summer job. It was definitely a great ride and I look forward to what’s ahead! We’re expanding to a third location in the next few weeks and hope to bring Sprout to more locations across Ottawa over the next year.

Link to the blog:
https://www.sproutott.ca/rbc-blog

Edna Gisela Urrego - International Development and Globalization

Faculty of Social Sciences

 

"Startup Garage is a very dynamic program, with something always going on. My goal is to support Startup Garage’s companies’ portfolio. I help startups — who have few human resources and a heavy workload — reach their milestones. My position is exciting and flexible. I can be involved with and learn from different industries and initiatives. I also participate in the follow-ups on the progress of each company during our bi-weekly meetings. Startup Garage invites several serial entrepreneurs and experts from different fields to share their expertise and talk about their experiences. We are exposed to a wide variety of topics such as marketing, finance, sales and legal matters and participate in workshops on essential skills for entrepreneurs, like how to efficiently pitch your business. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn and get inspired by local entrepreneurs."

Links to the Blogs:
https://medium.com/@EdnaUrrego/is-your-startup-ready-for-an-incubator-or-accelerator-program-82885172b92e

https://medium.com/@EdnaUrrego/how-to-pitch-your-business-in-3-minutes-3b800c94db59

https://medium.com/@EdnaUrrego/entrepreneurship-immersion-with-rbc-uottawa-co-op-7b5b12d00224

 

 

2018 Recipients

Winter

Brent Jensen

Brent Jensen - Public Administration

Faculty of Social Sciences

“Having the opportunity to work alongside a group of entrepreneurs providing new and innovative ways of solving problems was one of the greatest professional experiences I have had to date. What I have taken away from this experience is the knowledge and insights about what it takes not only to run a business, but also to be successful. During my time at Desk Nibbles, I was challenged to learn new skills, given much more responsibility, and definitely put outside of my comfort zone, which is where the best personal growth happens! I’m incredibly thankful to RBC, uOttawa, and Desk Nibbles for making this a reality. I could not recommend applying to this program enough! ”

Link to the blog: www.chequelist.wordpress.com 

Steven Bui

Steven Bui - Accounting

Telfer School of Management

“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! ”

Link to the blog:

https://medium.com/@steven.hoang.bui/3-necessary-skills-when-working-at-a-start-up-c4e8e5336cae

https://medium.com/@steven.hoang.bui/things-i-wish-i-knew-heading-into-my-job-e8d7bcf39fce

Summer

Alida Burke - Étudiante programme d'entrepreneuriat coop uOttawa RBC

Alida Burke - Accounting

Telfer School of Management

“Over the course of the summer, I was fortunate to work with a company I cofounded called Growcer, which provides commercial hydroponic farming systems to communities so they can grow their own food locally. Since we are expanding our operations across Canada, we will be working over the summer to manage our current systems as well as manufacture and ship our planned projects for the fall. I’m looking forward to working on my company full time through the RBC uOttawa CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program, which allows me to apply what I’ve learned in class and work on something I’m passionate about. The learning curve can be steep, but I’ve found it very rewarding; I’ve learned how to effectively manage a team and how to develop internal processes from the ground up – something that I’ll always remember! ”

Link to the blog: https://thegrowcer.ca/rbc-coop 

Loic Darboux - Étudiant programme d'entrepreneuriat coop uOttawa RBC

Loïc Darboux - Software Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

“The reason everyone raves about how great it is to work in the fast-paced, close-knit environment of a start-up is because (drumroll…) it’s true. My first few weeks working as a software developer at uOttawa Design Services not only opened my eyes to the breadth of activities needed to run a business, but also enabled me to gain skills way beyond those listed in my job description. Even though my main tasks involved programming microcontrollers, automation, and web design, I got to dabble in CAD modelling, basic accounting, and business model planning. So far, my experience has been nothing short of amazing and I am thankful to RBC and the CO-OP Office for making it possible. ”

Link to the blog: https://medium.com/@loic.drbx/jack-of-all-trades-master-of-some-32b2ccdf6074

Tianze Gao - Étudiant programme d'entrepreneuriat coop uOttawa RBC

Tianze Gao - Computer Science

Faculty of Engineering

“Entrepreneurship is probably the most challenging career in the world. An entrepreneur’s tomorrow is always filled with surprise and uncertainty. A writer can be considered successful if he publishes one famous book. But for an entrepreneur, success cannot be measured in past victories. And entrepreneurs must always prepare for tomorrow. Thanks to the uOttawa-RBC Entrepreneurship program, I had a chance to work with great start-up, RCbenchmark, this summer. I helped the company grow by implementing an effective business plan and learned how to create a better tomorrow. If you are interested in my story, please check out my blog. ”

Link to the blog: https://medium.com/@tgao056/i-am-tianze-e97caea68e75

Chantelle La Rue - Étudiante programme d'entrepreneuriat coop uOttawa RBC

Chantelle La Rue - Communication

Faculty of Arts

“I am a fourth-year student working towards an Honours BA, specializing in communications with a minor in management. I have completed three CO-OP terms and have had the privilege of experiencing a variety of work environments, from government to start-ups to international corporations. For my last term, I knew that I wanted to work with a start-up or small company; I love the opportunities these environments provide to students including the different tasks, varying levels of responsibility, and the ability to be creative.

I first began to seriously consider entrepreneurship after taking the New Venture Creation course; it gave me a really good understanding of what is actually involved in building and running a business. It gave me the idea that this was something I could do. Additionally, I spent the past year as the president of Her Campus uOttawa and through that experience, I learned that I really enjoy leading a team and building ideas from the ground up.

When I found out about the RBC CO-OP Entrepreneurship program, I knew that it was something I wanted to be a part of: the opportunity to learn, firsthand, what it takes to build a business from the beginning was invaluable. As part of this program, I was hired as a Marketing Lead at App8. App8 is a payment processing application for restaurants; it allows you to view, split, and pay your restaurant bill from your phone, and then leave at your convenience rather than waiting for the server to bring the bill and process your payment. In this job, I have the opportunity to build and execute the marketing plan for the app launch and the phases that follow. I know that this experience will have a significant impact on my skill set because I have the opportunity to fully develop and execute a marketing plan that includes a myriad of different initiatives and tactics.”

Link to the blog: https://pregraduate.weebly.com/

Riley Mccabe - Étudiant programme d'entrepreneuriat coop uOttawa RBC

Riley Mccabe - Finance

Telfer School of Management

“Working with a young start-up company in the early stages of the business cycle is an extremely exciting opportunity. The experience you get is very broad, and you learn about all the ins and outs, the stresses and joys, and the highs and lows of business management. But most of all, you get the chance to see your hard work put into action and make a real impact. Hyre is expanding rapidly all across Ontario and I’m super excited to see what’s in store for the future! I’m very thankful to Hyre, RBC, and uOttawa for this chance to broaden and enhance my skills and knowledge.”

Link to the blog: https://medium.com/@rileymccabe23 

Kristine Puzon - Étudiante programme d'entrepreneuriat coop uOttawa RBC

Kristine Puzon - International Development and Globalization

Faculty of Social Sciences

“When you work for a social enterprise, no work day is ever the same. I am spending my summer in a dynamic work environment that is always challenging me in new ways. Three years ago, Youth Active Media started as a video production program by Youth Ottawa and the Social Planning Council (SPC) that aimed to reach over 400 youth across Ottawa. Fast-forward to 2018 and from this program, a social enterprise concept emerged: Hot Shoe Productions. This new company trains and hires youth to produce quality creative video solutions for businesses and non-profits, such as the Centre for Social Enterprise Development, Market Mobile, Shopify and more.

I learned about Youth Active Media through my involvement with Youth Ottawa’s Board of Directors. I wanted to take my involvement further and use this opportunity from uOttawa and RBC to learn about running a social enterprise by being immersed in one. Working with Hot Shoe and Youth Active Media this summer has provided me with an opportunity to enhance my entrepreneurial and technical skill set. From facilitating the video program to working on marketing and sales, it has truly been an immersive learning experience.”

Link to the blog: https://medium.com/@kristine.puzon/uottawa-rbc-coop-work-term-in-review-may-2018-ae5f83b13b3a

Ruthvik Shakelli - Étudiant programme d'entrepreneuriat coop uOttawa RBC

Ruthvik Shakelli - Master of Electronic Business Technology

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

“For an international student, it doesn’t get any better than taking part in the entrepreneurship program offered at uOttawa. Entrepreneurship is a never-ending journey, requiring continual learning across a wide range of skills. I thank Spectrafy Inc. for giving me this opportunity to develop and become a better person professionally. Entrepreneurship is not just about how you succeed with a venture; it’s about embracing challenge and learning from failures in order to move forward. I’ve gained a lot of insight into how a small tech business operates and feel ready to seize my next entrepreneurial opportunity. I truly thank RBC and uOttawa for this life-changing experience.”

Link to the blog: https://medium.com/@ruthvikshakelli/rbc-uottawa-entrepreneurship-co-op-experience-f68815f417ce

Andres Tovar - Étudiant programme d'entrepreneuriat coop uOttawa RBC

Andres Tovar - Marketing

Telfer School of Management

“Thanks to the RBC uOttawa Co-op Entrepreneurship Program, I can work full time on my business, Noetic Marketer, and I can do so without worrying so much about money. This new experience will help me continue to build the company’s foundations, and teach me what it really means to be a business owner. I believe these four months will teach me a lot about myself by having me face different challenges, such as decision-making, time management, account management, sales challenges and more. However, I am very excited and I know these four months will help me grow into a better leader, communicator, learner, and more responsible individual. Working full time with Noetic Marketer is the best way to grow my business. I hope to take my company’s success over the past year and multiply it by three.”

Link to the blog:

https://www.noeticmindset.com/full-time-on-my-business-series-blog

Fall

Picture of a student

Logan MacPherson -

Management

Telfer School of Management

 

“Trying to build a start-up while studying for a university degree is no easy task. I started my business, Point3D Commercial Imaging, eight months ago and one of the factors holding it back was time. There simply wasn't enough time to focus on the business and my studies simultaneously. That's where the RBC uOttawa CO-OP Program comes in. The Program provides students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work full-time on their business for four months, developing their entrepreneurial skills and getting paid while doing so. This unique opportunity has enabled me to grow, both professionally and personally, by dealing with the ups and downs of running a business full time. I would highly recommend that students who are studying at the University of Ottawa and are interested in entrepreneurship check out the RBC uOttawa CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program!”

 

Link to the blog: https://medium.com/@lmacp069/rbc-uottawa-co-op-entrepreneurship-blog-post-1-an-incredible-opportunity-bb117c1dc53d

 

2019 Recipients

Winter

Sudent

Eve Staszczyszyn - International Development and Globalization

Faculty of Social Sciences

''I am thrilled to be a part of the RBC uOttawa CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program, which allows me to learn and grow among a dynamic team at Neeuro, a Singapore-based digital brain health platform. Neeuro integrates neurotechnology, artificial intelligence and data analytics to develop products that tackle brain and central nervous system-related health issues. I major in international development and globalization and minor in management, and I believe entrepreneurship is essential to address social, health, and environmental challenges. I am inspired by the innovative launchpad campus, the bright people I am meeting and the far-from-mediocre work I get to pursue in Southeast Asia. Currently, I am crafting a project proposal for our next investors, developing a mindfulness curriculum and researching the latest intelligence. I am sure that my agenda will change in the coming weeks and that’s cool with me, because I love the unexpected. brb, they’re asking me to power a robot with my brain waves :)''

Link to the blog

Student

Toluwanimi Olubode - Software Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

''I strongly believe there is no better match for focused, radical transformation than design and startups. To learn about radical transformation through design, I joined Transparent Kitchen as a product design intern. Together, we are a focused team armed with the mission of changing the way people experience their local food and the chefs behind it. From this experience, I am learning first hand how to be a catalytic design engineer in a high-growth startup team. What they say about startups is true — although you get thrown in the deep end, the opportunity for immense growth and project ownership is one that changes your careertrajectory.''

Link to the blog

Student

Alina Jahani - Management Information Systems and Analytics

Telfer School of Management

''I first entered the startup world through the Women Startup Network (WSN) class offered by the Faculty of Engineering at uOttawa. WSN taught me the basics of owning and operating a startup, such as protecting your intellectual property, validating your idea and making a sale. This class inspired me to run a startup, and I was fortunate to co-found NxtGenDevs. We help startups make data-driven hiring decisions in ​less time and with more knowledge about their technical talent.

​Without the help of the RBC uOttawa Co-op Entrepreneurship Program, I would not have had the chance to work on my startup full time. Running my own business has pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to conquer my fears about pitching and selling. I have learned to be more confident in myself and my capabilities to make a change in the recruitment sector. The personal and professional growth I have experienced through this program is unparalleled compared to any other work experience I have had. By the end of the term, I want to increase my clientele threefold. I would highly recommend this program to anyone ready to learn life-lasting lessons.''

Link to the blog

Student

David Chan - Electrical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

''Thanks to the RBC Co-op Entrepreneurship Program, I have had the privilege of spending my winter term at Neappoli, a local Ottawa software company trying to improve the community and engage its residents.

As a third year electrical engineering student pursuing the engineering management and entrepreneurship option, I find the RBC CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program an excellent occasion for me to learn and develop skills exclusively related to my program. Not only am I able to advance my software development skills under the mentorship of some very talented and experienced developers, I am also able to discover more about the operations of a young business. The RBC program has allowed me to enhance my knowledge in both my electrical engineering program and my business-oriented option.

It’s also really exciting to work for a company which places great emphasis on helping the community and doing good for as many citizens as possible. There is already a dedicated network of Neappoli supporters who have expressed their gratitude to Neappoli for helping improve their neighbourhoods. It is especially meaningful to work with a company like that, which strives to make a difference in people’s lives.

Thank you to RBC, the University of Ottawa and Neappoli for this great opportunity!''

Link to the blog

Student

Jeff Kelly - Management

Telfer School of Management

''When I initially applied for uOttawa’s CO-OP program, my goal was to gain a well-rounded education both in and out of the classroom. Ultimately, I saw value in being able to try out working in different sectors and industries to discover what I enjoyed doing. I was happy to have had a positive first co-op experience working for the Digital Design Branch at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. I hope to build off the experience I gained in my previous work term throughout the next few months.

The opportunity to return to an entrepreneurial environment for my second co-op term was something that grabbed my attention. I am fortunate to be working for a sports software startup called GameStrat for this term. GameStrat provides sideline instant replay software to both high school and university football, basketball and volleyball teams throughout Canada and the USA. In fact, the University of Ottawa football and men’s basketball teams are clients of GameStrat.

My goal for this term is to continue to grow and develop my personal and professional skills. I particularly want to use this opportunity to expand my creativity and communication skills. I have always had a passion for problem solving and I look forward to discovering and applying new methods and ideas. I also look forward to being exposed to new ways of thinking in a startup environment, where I have limited prior experience. While I want to get as much knowledge and experience as I possibly can out of this term with GameStrat, I do realize that co-op is a two-way street. My objective is to provide as much value as I can in the roles that GameStrat needs me to fulfill. GameStrat has a great product and, more importantly, great people. With that in mind, I want my contributions during this term to add as much value as possible.

Thank you to RBC and the University of Ottawa CO-OP Office for making this amazing opportunity with the RBC uOttawa CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program possible. I greatly appreciate RBC and the CO-OP Office’s contribution to my co-op experience!''
 

Link to the blog

 

Summer

RBC Program Student Tyler Gibson

Tyler Gibson - Communication

Faculty of Arts

''I’m interested in trying something a bit different. Traditional co-op placements don’t provide the same level of involvement that you could find working with an evolving company. Working for Trualta, courtesy of the RBC Entrepreneurship CO-OP, has provided me with an opportunity to work in an environment that values autonomy and independence. As a Communications student, my role involved a variety of tasks at different scales; one project might be creating an entire digital ad campaign, while another might have you copywriting for a new landing page for your company’s website.

The entire program provided me with the opportunity to build a portfolio for a future career in communications. The environment has left me feeling better prepared, and I’ve seen tangible outcomes from the work I’ve completed. I feel better prepared for the next step in my career, and I’ve got this work term to thank.''

Link to the blog

RBC Program Student Ivan Milivojevic

Ivan Milivojevic - Finance

Telfer School of Management

''There is no better opportunity than having my first CO-OP placement at a startup. I am both grateful and excited to be a part of the RBC uOttawa CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program as I get to expose myself to the ins and outs of operating a startup.

I am currently working at Spoonity, a startup located in Westboro, which provides retailers and quick service restaurants with a platform for digital loyalty rewards programs. I am currently working on creating a reseller program that can be used by our partners to sell our product. Alongside this, I help my colleagues with various situations and problems that occur. This ensures that no day is the same, which makes it interesting, but also allows me to become more creative.

I am thankful for this fantastic opportunity and am looking forward to developing my skills further while also experiencing first-hand what it is like to work in a startup.''

Link to the blog

RBC Program Student Danya Ammar

Danya Ammar - International Management

Telfer School of Management

''My role at Thawrih is a communications and administrative officer. My job requires me to be active in helping the company grow through as many networks as possible, and to support and facilitate day-to-day operations.

I use my communication and networking skills to reach out to different retailers; university bookstores, police services across North America, and venture programs. I conduct daily reports on the companies’ activities and recent inventory changes, as well as any important information that the co-founders would need to know.

I am slowly but surely growing my entrepreneurial mindset and emerging myself in the startup world with other StartUp Garage members.''

Link to the blog

RBC Program Student Bobby Wong

Bobby Wong - Business Technologies Management

Telfer School of Management

''Entrepreneurship is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in business, but fostering entrepreneurship is difficult, especially within classes, learning from a textbook. I've grown a love and passion for sustainable practices in entrepreneurship since my late years in high school and, through the RBC Entrepreneurship Program, I am supported in my hunt to gain experience in a startup.

The startup I work for is Incuvers.

With the progressive innovation of technology these days, new ideas are created and old ideas are made tangibly viable. Working at Incuvers has been impactful, challenging, and conducive to my learning. I am submerged in an experiential form of learning where not only am I investing time into the business, but the business invests back in me by exposing me to mentors at Invest Ottawa.

All this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to entrepreneurship, and you can read more in the blog! I'd like to thank Incuvers, the uOttawa CO-OP Office, and the RBC Entrepreneurship Program for giving me this opportunity to take on new challenges and to learn from the most influential entrepreneurs in Ottawa.''

Link to the blog

RBC Program Student Liam Woodside

Liam Woodside - Finance

Telfer School of Management

''One of the most rewarding things about completing work is seeing the impact it has. Working at a startup is rewarding since I can see the direct results that the work I produce has on the company. The fast-paced environment also provides opportunities to work in various areas – it doesn’t get stale! The friendly culture is another huge plus, at least it is here at Kegshoe.

The reasons listed above are what makes working at a startup enjoyable; I haven’t even gotten into the benefits. Working directly with entrepreneurs who have recently started a company allows insight into what qualities they have that made them successful. The variety of work also provides a wide range of experience across multiple different areas of business, all of which are valuable for any student who wants to run their own business one day (yes, I’m one of them).

Kegshoe is a software company; they created an inventory management system designed specifically for breweries that need to keep track of their kegs, providing a solution in an industry that needed it. Seeing how they have grown in the past and plan to continue this growth has been both humbling and inspirational – the chance to be a part of it in a small way is an amazing opportunity.

In addition to Kegshoe, the University of Ottawa and RBC were instrumental in making this possible for me via the RBC Entrepreneurship Program. The chance to interview for a position at Kegshoe and the good fortune to receive a placement are two things I intend to make the most of; thank you!''

Link to the blog

 
RBC Program Student Carter Barrett

Carter Barrett - Management Information Systems and Analytics

Telfer School of Management

"I was first exposed to the world of entrepreneurship a few weeks after I started my first year of university. Entrepreneurship was always something that intrigued me, but it took until first year to realize that I could be actively practicing entrepreneurship and using it to address issues that are important to me. For many, it’s the dream job. Being an entrepreneur gives you the ability to run your own business, and to see your idea grow from just some words on a whiteboard to something that can truly make an impact. Thanks to RBC and uOttawa, I’ll be able to make this dream a reality this summer.

Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer for a startup called Poly, a social enterprise that sells small-scale plastic recycling systems. These systems allow institutions and other entrepreneurs to start their own businesses selling products made from recycled plastic. When I discovered the RBC Entrepreneurship Program, I knew that it was the perfect opportunity to put my all into working for Poly and making it the successful, socially responsible company that I know it can be. I’m so excited to be a part of this program, and to be able to work full time on Poly. These four months are the perfect opportunity to develop my own management and decision-making skills, as well as the perfect opportunity to set Poly up for many years of success."

Link to the blog

RBC Program Student Filip Slatinac

Filip Slatinac - Software Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

"My name is Filip Slatinac and I co-founded Noibu. Being a full-time student and running a startup full time is not something I envisioned myself doing in my fourth year studying software engineering at uOttawa, but here I am.

My first exposure to entrepreneurship came at a very young age. I started by waiting in line to buy the latest shoes with the intention of flipping them online hours later. I started to scale that business once I realized that I could pay people to wait with me for the shoes. I began to contract out this task on taskrabbit and making a substantial profit. I started to venture into technology once I was in my first year, I began building a series of apps. I posted a lot of those apps online, got some downloads and made a bit of pocket money. For me, the biggest lesson I learned was the ability to dream up an idea and bring it to life.

This brings me to last summer as I was in the Startup Garage program working on a different project where Noibu came to life. I met my current co-founders and felt I finally had the team that could execute a strategy. Now, all we were missing was some funding and clients. At Noibu, we’re on a mission to empower e-commerce managers & directors to catch all mission critical errors before their clients. Have you ever tried to checkout unsuccessfully on a website? Yep, you’re not alone. Surprisingly (even to us) these types of errors still occur… and they occur way more often than you’d think. These errors are not only annoying for the end user, but they cost retailers millions a year in lost sales. We’re on a mission to ensure those errors get caught before they have a chance to ruin a customer’s day.

We are extremely grateful to uOttawa, Invest Ottawa and the RBC uOttawa CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program and all the other local organizations that have empowered us with mentorship and funding to be able to chase our dreams

This program gave me the opportunity to not only gain valuable experience via a CO-OP, but it also allowed me to excel within Noibu and give it my undivided attention. I am very grateful to RBC and the program as I intent to work full-time on Noibu after graduation and this has really solidified that for me. I have been able to dedicate all of my time to this to ensure we are building a business that solves a real problem.

I encouraged anyone who is interested in entrepreneurship to take advantage of this opportunity as it will give you the infrastructure and funding to succeed."

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RBC Program Student Jamal-Roderick Al Refaee

Jamal-Roderick Al Refaee - Biopharmaceutical science

Faculty of Science

"I am a fourth-year student and I am working towards an Honours BSc in Biopharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in Genomics. I have completed three CO-OP terms thus far, and I was lucky enough to have a diverse set of work terms, from government offices to cancer research. I originally joined CO-OP to take my learning far beyond the classroom, and thanks to the RBC uOttawa CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program, I was able to do just that. The idea of taking a startup company from conception to actualization has always fascinated me; however, it had remained a process I was not very familiar with prior to this program.

Being in science, I had not often been exposed to an entrepreneurial paradigm, as topics in science are usually governed by laws and distinct sets of rules and protocols must be followed to reach an outcome. Working in a startup company requires a very different process; it demands original thinking, and looking for ways to differentiate oneself, which is something I believe students in science do not focus on enough. As the first recipient of this award to come from a science program, I was extremely excited to bring a scientific perspective to entrepreneurship and to learn how an entrepreneurial mindset can enhance a degree in science.

I joined the StartUp Garage at the University of Ottawa’s Entrepreneurship Hub (eHub) this summer as the Program Coordinator. The StartUp Garage is an innovative program that provides funding, workspace, mentorship and educational workshops to uOttawa startup companies. Therefore, I was fortunate enough to work with not just one but eight startup companies! Over the summer I attended various workshops related to entrepreneurship and from the student entrepreneurs around me, I learned a great number of new skills that I am excited to apply throughout my career. It was very inspiring and refreshing to see how uOttawa students created their own ideas from scratch and were able to fulfill a gap in the market based on the needs of consumers.

This was my second attempt at applying for the RBC CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program, and the fact that I was successful on the second attempt reinforces an important lesson for both students and startup companies: if at first you don't succeed, persevere!

Thank you to the RBC CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program, the University of Ottawa, and the eHub for this amazing experience!"

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Please contact Marc-André Daoust (CO-OP Programs). 

 

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