Venture for Canada Announces Partnership with RBC

TORONTO, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Most recent university and college graduates seek employment with well-established companies, but those interested in entrepreneurship should take a closer look at opportunities with top Canadian startups. 

Venture for Canada, a not-for-profit organization that recruits top graduates to work at leading Canadian startups, announced today a three-year partnership with RBC's Social Finance Initiative to support the next generation of Canadian social entrepreneurs. This is Venture for Canada's first partnership that is specifically designed to recruit top recent graduates to work at Canada's best social enterprises.

"At Venture for Canada, we believe in the importance of venturing not just for oneself, but also for others," said Scott Stirrett, Executive Director of Venture for Canada. "We are extremely excited to partner with RBC to support the next generation of Canadian social entrepreneurs."

Venture for Canada Fellows spend two years working at a Canadian startup, in addition to a five-week Fellow Training Camp, and ongoing mentorship. Through the program, recent graduates gain the experience, network, and training to successfully launch their own firms. Venture for Canada Fellows currently include alumni of The Next 36, a Top 20 under 20 recipient, and a former Apple engineer.

"We are proud to support Venture for Canada in fostering entrepreneurship though their unique and comprehensive programs," said Sandra Odendahl, Director of Corporate Sustainability and Social Finance, RBC.   "As a National Social Enterprise Partner we are looking forward to empowering more young Canadians to launch their own successful businesses with a strong social or environmental purpose."

About Venture for Canada
Venture for Canada is a not-for-profit that recruits top recent graduates to work at Canadian startups in need of talent, with the mission of fostering entrepreneurship.  Their mission is to provide opportunities for the best and brightest to create dynamic companies for themselves and others, to restore entrepreneurship as a career path for elite young grads and to assist great companies through providing sharp young minds to help them grow.

About RBC
Royal Bank of Canada is Canada's largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We employ approximately 78,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 39 other countries. For more information, please visit

RBC's social finance initiative is designed to ignite the growth of social finance in Canada. The initiative supports and nurtures businesses that deliberately seek to make positive contributions to the community. The initiative demonstrates the opportunity to invest in businesses that deliver social, environmental and financial returns.

SOURCE Venture for Canada

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