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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 – October 15-17, 2021

Friday, October 15   l  4pm – 8pm EST

Saturday, October 16   l    10am – 4pm EST

Sunday, October 17    l    10am – 3:30pm 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 October 10, 2021

Click here to Apply

Fall 2021 Bootcamp Partner – mindyourmind

mindyourmind exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. We work with young people aged 14 to 29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.

We do this through our Design Studio model, in which young people work directly with facilitators, content experts, and designers to brainstorm, design, and develop our projects. Our goals are to promote wellness, reduce the stigma around mental health, and increase access to community supports, both professional and peer-based.

Learn more about mindyourmind 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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