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RBC Community Innovation Bootcamp

 

The RBC Community Innovation Bootcamp

Huron is proud to offer the RBC Community Innovation Bootcamp, hosted every Fall and Spring, to students in arts, social science and business. Accelerate your understanding of innovation principles while re-imagining solutions to address issues faced by non-profit organizations across Southwestern Ontario.

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What is the RBC Innovation Bootcamp?

The RBC Innovation Bootcamp is a three-day virtual bootcamp designed for arts, social science and business students.  This is an opportunity for you to get experience solving real-world problems for a local organization.

You will be placed into teams of five and assigned a challenge that needs an innovative solution. Together, your team will come up with ideas to solve the problems and pitch your ideas to a panel of judges. The team that comes up with the best idea takes home $2,500.

Past challenges include:

  • How might we use our newly developed online engagement to help reach more people and address our program waitlists?
  • How might we develop a strategy to effectively participate in policy discussions around food literacy in schools?
  • How might we develop a marketing and communications strategy that leads to increased fundraising and donor support?

Wondering what the bootcamp looks like, click here to review an agenda for our last RBC Innovation Bootcamp.

Schedule – February 11-13, 2022

Friday, February 11  |  4:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

Saturday February 12  |  10:00 am – 4:00 pm EST

Sunday February 13 |  10:00 am – 3:30 pm EST

What do you get for participating?

  • Real-world consulting and business experience that you can put on your resume, that will set you apart from other job applicants
  • An RBC Innovator Certificate for your LinkedIn profile
  • A $40 Uber Eats/Food Delivery Gift Card to take care of your meals while you are participating in the bootcamp
  • The chance at winning $2500 for your team

How do I apply?

All Huron students are eligible to apply for in one of 30 spots in the Bootcamp. Simply submit a 200-word statement of interest explaining why you want to participate.

The application deadline is February 4, 2022

Click here to Apply

Spring 2022 Bootcamp Partner – Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario

Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario is a non-profit charitable housing organization. With support from the local community, we help build and rehabilitate safe, affordable homes, from single-family houses to multi-unit developments. Our vison is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Since 1993, Habitat Heartland has brought the local community together to help families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. We are proud to serve communities in Middlesex, Oxford, Perth, Norfolk, Elgin, and Brant counties.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario here

  • RBC FOUNDATION GIFTS $200,000 TO HURON

  • “I’ve been blown away with the ideas, pitches and everything that we’ve seen from the students. My expectations have been 100% exceeded, and I’m really looking forward to taking these ideas back and implementing them at Growing Chefs!”

    Andrew Fleet, Founder and Executive Director of Growing Chefs! Ontario RBC Innovation Bootcamp Partner – Winter 2021

FAQs

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BOOTCAMP?

You must be a current Huron student to apply to participate in The RBC Community Innovation Bootcamp.

I AM AN ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE STUDENT AND I DON’T HAVE A BUSINESS BACKGROUND. SHOULD I APPLY FOR THIS WORKSHOP?

Great question! Yes absolutely, this bootcamp is designed for arts, social science and business students to bring together diverse perspectives to help local organizations. You don’t need to be a business student to benefit from business skills, and we need creative ideas that come from collaborating across disciplines in order to be able to solve pressing issues in new ways.

CAN I REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION AS A GROUP WITH MY CLASSMATES OR FRIENDS?

In order to keep the competition fair among all participants and ensure the groups have different backgrounds, you may only participate in the competition as an individual. However please share the event opportunity with your friends and encourage them to register for the event as well!

I CAN ONLY ATTEND ONE DAY OF THE BOOTCAMP, CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?

To get the full experience it’s important to be there every day for the full duration of the sessions. This program will be offered twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, so if you are not able to participate fully this time then we recommend you wait until the fall.

WILL CERTIFICATES ONLY BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS WHO WIN THE COMPETITIONS?

No. All students who participate in the program will receive a certificate from Huron that you can add to your resume, helping to set you apart from other candidates. Students who attend each optional workshop will have that designation added onto their certificate.

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