Video: Meet the winning team of the 2012 RBC Next Great Innovator Challenge: the Inspirators from the University of Waterloo.
Five Finalist Teams Win Cash and Interview with RBC Recruiter
TORONTO, Feb. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - University of Waterloo students were
named the winners of the 2012 RBC Next Great Innovator Challenge. The
university team was awarded $20,000 by a panel of RBC senior executives
after presenting their idea for an innovation that will help Canadians
at different life stages to achieve financial security.
"We're thrilled to be chosen as the winners of the 2012 Next Great
Innovator Challenge - it's a great honour. This national competition
has been a winning experience in itself," said John Zupancic on behalf
of the team. "Not only did we network with RBC executives and win a
great prize, we will also be interviewing with an RBC recruiter. In
today's competitive job market, the Challenge has been an invaluable
opportunity to get our foot in the door and have a taste of the
The winning team focused on mobile banking and showcased a new
opportunity for RBC to help Canadians use this platform to achieve
their financial goals. The team's submission will help ensure that
young Canadians do not have to compromise when seeking financial advice
through non-traditional methods.
Since its start in 2006, the RBC Next Great Innovator Challenge has
received almost 600 post-secondary student team submissions and over
2,200 students have participated. The five finalist teams this year
were selected from the 21 schools that competed across Canada. A team
from Queen's University was the runner-up, winning $10,000; while the
other three team finalists - two from Queen's and one from the Rotman
School of Management - each received $5,000. For the first time since
the inception of the challenge, all finalists will have the opportunity
to interview with an RBC recruiter.
"Each year I'm more impressed with the calibre of our students and their
innovative concepts and ideas," said Morteza Mahjour, chief information
& operations officer, RBC, and a judge of this year's competition. "At
RBC, innovation means constantly challenging the status quo - looking
for new ways to approach our work and bringing those ideas to life. The
Innovation Challenge brings us fresh and diverse perspectives, and the
opportunity to meet young, talented people who are eager to contribute
to our innovative culture."
Numerous ideas put forward by competing students over the last six years
have been tested and streamlined in the RBC Experiential Lab, and some
have been developed for use at RBC. One of RBC's most popular online
expense tracking, budgeting and saving tools, myFinanceTracker, was inspired by a past submission.
Challenge submissions were evaluated by the RBC Applied Innovation team
and narrowed down to the top 15 proposals. A panel of RBC executives
then selected the top five entries as finalists.
For more information on the RBC Next Great Innovator Challenge, visit nextgreatinnovator.com, follow on Twitter @rbcinnovator or become a fan on Facebook.
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Image with caption: "The finalists of the 6th annual RBC Next Great Innovator Challenge join Morteza Mahjour, Chief Information & Operations Officer, and Avi Pollock, Vice President, Innovation & Strategic Planning, after the awards ceremony. (CNW Group/RBC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120224_C7038_PHOTO_EN_10430.jpg
Image with caption: "The winners of the 2012 RBC Next Great Innovator Challenge, the Inspirators, accept their $20,000 prize. (CNW Group/RBC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120224_C7038_PHOTO_EN_10431.jpg
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