Aspiring entrepreneurs: Kickstart your business with a solid plan

Futurpreneur and RBC Future Launch proudly present Rock My Business, a free, virtual, three-part workshop series that will help you develop your idea, get started on your business plan and create a viable cashflow for your business—all while connecting with like-minded entrepreneurs in your community and across Canada.

If you’re aged 18-39 and need direction to develop your business idea, have a strong business idea OR recently launched a small business that you’d like to grow, register today for our next series of workshops.

NEW RBC Rock My Business Start-Up Awards

BIG news for aspiring small business owners: You could win $10,000 to help launch your start-up!

Futurpreneur and RBC proudly present the RBC Rock My Business Start-Up Awards, eight awards of $10k each given annually to aspiring entrepreneurs from across Canada who complete BOTH the Rock My Business Plan and Rock My Cash Flow workshops, and then submit a completed business plan and cash flow statement.

For eligibility requirements and further details, see RBC Rock My Business Start-Up Award.

Three-Part Workshop Series

Whether you need advice on shaping your business idea or want help transforming it into a solid busines plan, we have three workshops to help you move your business forward.

Note: Participants who complete at least two of the workshops are eligible to receive one-on-one coaching for free from our Entrepreneurs in Residence, helping you strengthen your idea and business plan further.

Upcoming Sessions

Workshop 1: Rock My Business Idea

Take this workshop if you have a new business idea and want to test its viability before developing your business plan.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Learn how to make their business idea more viable
  • Identify and learn how to overcome key gaps to achieve business viability
  • Set a short-term goal with timelines and actions to move their business forward

Note: If you’ve already firmed up your business idea—or if you’ve recently launched a new business--and are ready to create a solid business plan, proceed directly to workshop 2, Rock My Business Plan.

Schedule

Each workshop is led by experts based in regions across Canada. To connect with aspiring entrepreneurs in your community and learn about setting up a business in your region, register for the session closest to you. If your region is not listed, register for the session that best suits your schedule.

Day/Date Region Time Registration Link
Tuesday / Oct 6 Western + Central Canada 11:00am - 2:00pm PDT Register
Wednesday / Oct 7 Quebec - French 5:30pm - 8:30pm EDT Register
Thursday /Oct 8 Eastern and Atlantic Canada 5:30pm - 8:30pm EDT Register



Workshop 2: Rock My Business Plan

Take this workshop if have a good grasp of your business idea and want to develop the foundations of a solid business plan.

Participants will:

  • Learn the essential elements of a successful business plan
  • Begin writing the four key sections of the business plan (Company Profile, Marketing Activities, Market Research, and Operations)
  • Identify the gaps, goals and next steps required to complete the business plan

Note: We recommend that all participants also register for the subsequent workshop, Rock My Cash Flow.

Schedule

Each workshop is led by experts based in regions across Canada. To connect with aspiring entrepreneurs in your community and learn about setting up a business in your region, register for the session closest to you. If your region is not listed, register for the session that best suits your schedule. Sessions fill up fast, register now to guarantee your spot!

Day/Date Region Time Registration Link
Monday / Oct 26 British Columbia 11:00am - 2:00pm PDT Register
Tuesday / Oct 27 Alberta 11:00am - 2:00pm MDT Register
Wednesday / Oct 28 Manitoba + Saskatchewan 4:00pm - 8:00pm CDT (MB)
3:00pm - 7:00pm CST (SK)
Register
Wednesday / Oct 28 Quebec (French) 5:30pm - 8:30pm EDT Register
Thursday /Oct 29 Ontario 5:30pm - 8:30pm EDT Register
Friday /Oct 30 Atlantic 12:00pm - 3:00pm ADT Register



Workshop 3: Rock My Cash Flow

Take this workshop if have completed the Rock My Business Plan workshop and want to proceed with developing your cash flow.

Participants will:

  • Better understand how to complete the Start Up Cost and Cash Flow sections of the business plan
  • Learn how to create realistic sales forecasts
  • Understand how the business plan and cash flow interconnect
  • Complete the first draft of the start-up costs and first month sales / expenses
  • Set a realistic date for completing the business plan and cashflow

Schedule

Each workshop is led by experts based in regions across Canada. To connect with aspiring entrepreneurs in your community and learn about setting up a business in your region, register for the session closest to you. If your region is not listed, register for the session that best suits your schedule. Sessions fill up fast, register now to guarantee your spot!

Day/Date Region Time Registration Link
Monday / Nov 2 British Columbia 11:00am - 2:00pm PDT Register
Tuesday / Nov 3 Alberta 11:00am - 2:00pm MDT Register
Wednesday / Nov 4 Manitoba + Saskatchewan 4:00pm - 8:00pm CDT (MB)
3:00pm - 7:00pm CST (SK)
Register
Wednesday / Nov 4 Quebec (French) 5:30pm - 8:30pm EDT Register
Thursday /Nov 5 Ontario 5:30pm - 8:30pm EDT Register
Friday /Nov 6 Atlantic 12:00pm - 3:00pm ADT Register

Note: Participation (with camera) is highly encouraged throughout the workshops (with the exception of breaks), as we will encourage participation in breakout rooms, open collaboration and the sharing of ideas. As such, we ask that you have a working webcam or built-in camera, as well as a working microphone. To foster collaboration and focus, we request that all attendees join from a quiet space with minimal background distraction.