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Venture Day 2014 Recap

The Next 36 is breaking the startup paradox.

The barriers to starting a technology company are low, yet the grit and tenacity required to create something that people want is possessed by so few. Many dream of doing this, yet so few are able to execute. Today, a new batch of young innovators take their next step – each sharing a unique perspective and an insatiable desire to create something of real impact. After 8 months of entrepreneurial trials and tribulations, we congratulate the 2014 cohort of The Next 36.

Venture Day marks the culmination of The Next 36 and The Next Founders program where the entrepreneurs take the stage to pitch their companies, metrics and vision of the future. On August 12, hundreds of investors, business leaders, stakeholders, parents, and other supporters gathered to see the results of months of hard work and tenacity from the 10 ventures graduating from The Next 36 and 13 ventures from The Next Founders.

Before the entrepreneurs pitched, Reza Satchu,...
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Next 36 Venture Day Press Release

A record number of entrepreneurs pitched their innovative businesses at Venture Day, the annual start-up showcase held by The Next 36. Venture Day marks the culmination of a gruelling and intense eight month program, designed not only to launch new businesses, but also to develop and transform a small group of Canada’s most promising young entrepreneurs.

Over 250 investors, mentors, donors and supporters, packed MaRS Discovery District to capacity to hear 23 venture pitches from the flagship program of The Next 36 and also The Next Founders – the organization’s second initiative for the founders of rapidly growing technology ventures seeking entrepreneurial education and access to networks. This year’s cohort created businesses that solve problems in sectors ranging from healthcare to energy to retail.

The day featured a keynote address by Anthony Lacavera, Chairman and CEO of Globalive Holdings and Wind Mobile, who discussed his entrepreneurial journey and shared advice for “taking ...
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