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Funding Opportunities

RBC Entrepreneurial Venture Program

The RBC Entrepreneurial Venture Program provides an opportunity for students at Wilfrid Laurier University to gain entrepreneurial experience. The program will fund a total of five students per semester who have the option of working on their own venture or working for a startup in their field. 

Currently this opportunity is open to undergraduate students only.  Undergraduate students in all faculties are welcome to apply.

RBC Entrepreneurial Venture Program Application Form

Laurier Startup Fund

The Laurier Startup Fund is a student-run investment fund. The startup fund only considers funding startups that come to it through the Golden Triangle Angel Network and the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund. Laurier startups must go through these to be considered.

AC JumpStart

Funded by FedDev Ontario and delivered through the Accelerator Centre in partnership with Laurier’s Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, AC JumpStart provides early-stage startups with the seed capital, mentorship and market-readiness tools needed to build their ventures. A select number of grants are reserved exclusively for members of the Laurier community.

LaunchPad National Bank Grant

Through generous support provided by the National Bank of Canada, the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation awards up to thirty National Bank Grants to LaunchPad ventures each year. National Bank Grants provide qualifying LaunchPad ventures with financial support to help with costs related to startup and/or scaling.

LaunchPad National Bank Grant Application Form

LaunchPad Funding

Current members of Laurier's LaunchPad are eligible to receive financial support to supplement specific expenses related to their startup.

LaunchPad Funding Request Form


The Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation is generously supported by J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s RECODE funding.

RECODE’s objective is to transform higher education in pursuit of a more just, beautiful and sustainable world. Using social innovation and social entrepreneurship as the vehicle to achieve this change, RECODE funding allows students, staff, and faculty to host events, attend conferences, and initiate programs in new and collaborative ways.

Interested in bringing your own socially innovative initiative to life? Learn more about the RECODE initiative.

Partnerships through the RECODE network of Canadian postsecondary institutions have allowed us to strengthen our understanding of what meaningful social innovation and social entrepreneurship could look like within a Canadian context.