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RBC Reach corporate accelerator program 2018 for high-impact Canadian startups ($100,000 CAD in funding)

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Application Deadline: August 31, 2018.

Delivered in partnership with Highline BETA, RBC Reach is an accelerator program to help high-impact startups grow while adding value to RBC’s business and consumer clients in new and innovative ways.

RBC Reach will run several cohorts per year, and each will focus on a strategic theme. The program consists of three components:

1. Growth programming
Over the course of three months, companies will participate in acceleration programming developed by Highline BETA to help grow their business while also working closely with RBC to identify opportunities for a commercial agreement.
Program participants will have access to dedicated workspace in Toronto’s financial district. While the startups are not mandated to work in the space on a full-time basis, they will be required to participate in key events and programming.

2. Initial investment
Companies accepted into the program will receive an initial investment of $100,000 CAD funded jointly by RBC and Highline BETA.

3. Commercial pilot and further investment
Upon completion of the three-month program, companies that sign a commercial agreement with RBC will participate in additional part-time programming (delivered in-person and remotely) to drive the implementation and launch of a successful commercial pilot. These companies will be eligible to receive additional investment from RBC and Highline BETA, as well as receive support from Highline BETA on raising future rounds of funding.


  • Opportunity to develop a proof-of-concept for the use of the product or service in partnership with RBC, which could lead to a commercial agreement with RBC
  • Mentorship, coaching and networking with RBC and Highline BETA executives, founders and domain experts with unparalleled understanding of and access to Canadian consumers and businesses
  • Access to RBC innovation infrastructure and expertise, including Borealis AI; Vanguard, RBC’s Cybersecurity Lab; and RBC’s Blockchain Centre of Excellence
  • Support raising further funding upon the completion of the program

Fall 2018 Program:

The Fall 2018 accelerator cohort will focus on delivering solutions that go beyond banking to help RBC’s business clients thrive and potentially transform the way they do business.

We are looking for products or services that support the broad range of needs for small- to medium-sized businesses, including starting a business, staffing, sales management, scaling a business and everything in between.

We will accept applications from post-seed to pre-series A companies that have:

  • Solutions in market with evidence of traction that address challenges related to small- to medium-sized businesses
  • An interest in growth through a commercial agreement with RBC, one of Canada’s largest banks and one of the largest banks in the world (based on market capitalization)

International founders may be eligible for startup visa sponsorship.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the RBC Reach corporate accelerator program 2018

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