At NEXT Canada, we believe that harnessing the potential of big thinking Canadians is key to increasing national prosperity and succeeding on a global stage.
We provide our most promising innovators and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to create impact. Mentorship. Founder Development. Capital. Incredible Network.
We have updated the NEXT Canada press release from Sep 6 to include the names of all four of our co-founders. Read here
Congratulations to our seven alumni, four guest speakers and two Next 36 Mentors who made this impressive list!
Thalmic Labs, the creator of the Myo armband, announced it will manufacture its next product in Waterloo. According to a report from The Record, CEO Stephen Lake stated the company will open a...
With a deep network of prominent companies and a healthy venture capital environment, Silicon Valley is often hailed as the centre of the startup universe in North America.
By its 90-day mark, Exact Media had already generated roughly $1 million in sales. Co-founded by Daniel Rodic, the Toronto-based company is reinventing direct mail for the age of ecommerce. Since its...
N36 alumna Lexi Kaplan (Co-founder, Lumos), asks N36 co-founder Reza Satchu: how do you sell to customers when your product is still being developed?
On August 16th 2016, the 2016 cohort of The Next 36 and The Next Founders gathered in front of over 300 mentors, advisors, business leaders, and investors, to deliver their final pitches at...
N36 Alumna Andrea Palmer, Co-founder and CEO, Awake Labs, asks Founding Chairman Reza Satchu: how do you decide which metrics to show investors?
N36 Alum Jacob Flood, co-founder and CEO, Mindset, asks Founding Chairman Reza Satchu: what is the best way to get the truth out of hesitant investors?
Superpowers, here we come. Today, we’re excited to announce our $120M USD Series B Funding led by Intel Capital, The Amazon Alexa Fund, and Fidelity Investments Canada.This new investment will...
The Next 36, Canada's premier program for promising young entrepreneurs, has rebranded to NEXT Canada, a move that represents the organization's expanding scope. At the helm of that expansion will be...
Y Combinator’s Demo Day for the Summer 2016 batch is taking place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
While the government released its official budget — including several million-dollar commitments to the startup community — in March, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development...
Kelcie Miller-Anderson was just 15 when she noticed a dandelion growing out of a crack in the asphalt near her Calgary home. Where you or I might see a weed, she wondered: How does it grow in such a...
After seven months of mentorship and development in The Next 36, 25 startups pitched for the program’s Venture Day, which included an awards ceremony celebrating outstanding ventures.
TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - August 16, 2016) - An impressive group of entrepreneurs unveiled their innovative businesses at Venture Day, the annual start-up showcase held by The Next 36. Venture...
Across the globe, thousands of millennials are starting businesses on the premise today’s smartphone technology can create new value and disrupt entire industries.
As startups continue to disrupt industries like FinTech and healthtech, smart enterprises have embraced the collaborative nature that is key to startup success. In an effort to capture that startup...
(Toronto – July 20, 2016) The Next 36 has launched its annual search for the country’s top young entrepreneurs at Canada’s largest startup festival in Montreal. Interested undergraduates and...
Appropriately hosted at Google Canada, Venture Preview Night was structured around the keynote address, “Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, and all that”. Delivered by Nicolas Chapados,...
At the latest TechToronto meetup last week, AccessNow founder Maayan Ziv kicked off her presentation with a photo of a step at an entrance of a business. Ziv, who has muscular dystrophy, summed it up...
June 15, 2016 /CNW/ - The Next 36, premiere program for the country's most promising entrepreneurs is launching the Young Founders Fund, a new venture capital fund to invest in businesses built...
Healthcare is a sector with incredible opportunities. SeamlessMD was co-founded by Joshua Liu, a med student from University of Toronto, Philip Chen, an engineering science student from University of Toronto and Willie Kwok, a computer science student from UBC. SeamlessMD is a mobile platform that reduces hospital readmissions by monitoring and ad ...Read more
paid is the world's leading influencer collaboration and marketing platform. #paid connects brands like Airbnb, Audi, and Corona with popular content creators on social media to run authentic, honest, and engaging collaborations. Our automated marketplace allows marketers to find influencers, collaborate easily, approve content, and track analyti ...Read more
Named as one of Canada's top 20 under 20, James has co-founded non-profit organizations that have helped raise over $1,000,000, pitched investment opportunities on behalf of the Canadian government to Global 1000 CEOs, and was a True Ventures Fellow who worked at Kiip in app partnerships. During his fellowship at TNBT, a program cofounded by Ryan...Read more
Julie studied at OCAD University, receiving a Bachelor of Design, specialized in industrial and graphic design. Her passion for creating great products has led her to join the continuing studies department as teacher and mentor for her peers, and fellowship at MyPlanet, where she conducted stakeholder interviews, user research, observation, and...Read more
Chenny is an UX strategist with a focus in human-computer interaction. She was the category winner for mobile design at the Canadian Regional Design Awards ('14). Other project mentions include the CEA Innovation Award ('12), and being a finalist in the CNET Best of CES Awards ('13). At her digital agency, Pixelbot (hellopixelbot.com), they...Read more
Sameer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sensassure, a company transforming incontinence management through sensor-based technology. Sameer was named as one of Canada’s 2011 Top 20 Under 20, and one of Edmonton’s 2013 Top 40 Under 40 young leaders for co-founding GEOMEER, a nationally registered charitable organization that has raised over...Read more
Michael Cheng has been named Top 25 Under 25 and Student Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as a recipient of the Business Excellence Award. He has founded over 10 profitable business ventures across a number of industries, working with high profile clients including Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Stanley, and more. Michael also started TEDxSFU, an...Read more
Cathy Han is a fourth year finance student at the Sauder School of Business, UBC. Last year, Cathy had the pleasure of serving as President of Enterprize Canada, Western Canada’s largest student-organized conference and business plan competition dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs. Cathy has a passion for contributing to growing people...Read more
Stephen's interest in entrepreneurship began at an early age: He started his first company at the age of 13. In 2007 Stephen was awarded a Canada´s Top 20 Under 20 award, and Loran Scholarship from the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, as he began studying Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. In three years since...Read more
Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, Sloan School of Management
Co-President, NEXT Canada
Founder and CEO, Hubba
Founder and Executive Chair, Just Energy Group
Director of Operations, Shopify Toronto
Co-Founder and CEO, Wave
General Partner, Real Ventures
CEO and Co-Founder, Busbud
Next Canada is made possible through the support of incredible partners, donors and over 300 individual business leaders.
Our entrepreneurs and ventures receive dedicated mentorship from some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs and investors.
Dozens of business professionals are available to provide domain expertise on any challenge your venture might be facing.