From Idea to Business: Basic First Steps for Successful Entrepreneurship

Presented by Hire Immigrants and RBC Royal Bank of Canada
Archived webinar featured on October 28, 2016

Immigrants are entrepreneurial. In Canada, immigrants are more likely to start, own and run a business than those born in Canada, and immigrant entrepreneurs are thriving as small business owners across various sectors and industries. Whether recently arrived or in Canada for many years, knowing how to move your idea into a successful business is important for continued growth and long-term success.

While immigrant entrepreneurs face similar challenges in starting a business as non-immigrant business owners, there are some unique differences common to business newcomers, including a lack of familiarity with the Canadian business and work culture, lack of social and professional networks, and limited access to resources. Fortunately, there are two organizations leading the way in assisting newcomer entrepreneurs: RBC Royal Bank of Canada and Futurpreneur Canada.

In this webinar you will learn about:

  • The basics of how to turn your idea into a business plan
  • Common challenges to expect and solutions to help you succeed
  • Useful tools and resources to launching a business

Additional resources:


  • Dominik Loncar, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Futurpreneur Canada
  • Nicholas Wilhelm, Sales Manager Small Business, RBC Royal Bank of Canada
  • Moderator: Angela White, Senior Manager of Small Business Initiatives, RBC Royal Bank of Canada

RBC Royal Bank of Canada is a leader in fostering immigrant entrepreneurship in Canada. Through effective online resources and tools, to in-person guidance and advice from small business experts, RBC is investing in the entrepreneurial spirit of newcomers.

Futurpreneur Canada is a not-for-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners. From an internationally recognized mentorship program, to business planning resources, Futurpreneur is an invaluable support for newcomers with an interest in starting a business.


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