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Keeping up with the Next 36

on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 10:02

Someone (yeah, it was me) once called the Next 36 “the most intense, hot-house effort to force grow entrepreneurs ever attempted in Canada." It’s a fascinating social experiment: take 36 undergrads – bright, driven, and proven leaders – give them capital to form companies, and expose them to the best business thinking from successful entrepreneurs and innovative academics from the U.S. and Canada. The goal: to encourage a new generation of high-impact entrepreneurs who will understand opportunities, risk and resources, and will never think small in their lives.


The Next 36 Ventures are Hiring!

on Wed, 08/22/2012 - 10:08

Learn about positions available with The Next 36 ventures through the Techvibes Job Board.  Details here

Why The Next 36 Matters for All Canadian Entrepreneurs, by Rick Spence - Financial Post

on Mon, 08/20/2012 - 11:51

Rick Spence writes on the importance of The Next 36 and the long term vision of increasing Canadian prosperity.  Read more

UBC now an Academic Partner of The Next 36

on Mon, 08/20/2012 - 09:53

The University of British Columbia has joined an impressive list of Canadian Universities as the latest partner of The Next 36.  Partnertship Announcement and Reception will be held September 12 on campus.


Venture Day 2012 features 7 Venture Pitches and Keynote by Graham Weston, Co-Founder of Rackspace

on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 12:23

Investors, entrepreneurs, partners, parents and potential applicants were treated to a series of venture pitches by businesses growing from the 2012 cohort of The Next 36. Venture Day featured a keynote address by Graham Weston, Chair and Co-founder of Rackspace.  Hundreds more from coast to coast watched the live webcast.  Read the full media release here:

Next 36 Alumni Aims to Take the Pain out of Online Classifieds

on Mon, 08/13/2012 - 12:27

In the wake of the negative publicity surrounding Craigslist’s crackdown on companies scraping their data, Tradyo has launched what they think today's online classifieds should look like.

Their new site focuses on serving you the most relevant items for sale by other people in your area. By using your location, Tradyo tells you exactly how far certain products are from you, and provides a simple and real-time chat within the site and application that allows you to close the deal in minutes, using your phone or your computer.

The Next 36

on Mon, 08/13/2012 - 10:26

The Next 36 Event at the Weston's

In the decadent (pun intended) gardens of the Weston family backyard in Forest Hill, a group of newbie entrepreneurs rubbed shoulders with business bigwigs to celebrate their entry into Next 36, a nine-month program that gives young Canadians the guidance, connections, and financial start to build a mobile venture. Program partners Jimmy Pattison and Paul Desmarais Sr. joined Galen Sr.

Driving home the importance of the pitch — and how Zipcar failed the test

on Mon, 08/13/2012 - 10:17

I arrived a few minutes late for class the other day at the University of Toronto’s Behan Centre. Fortunately, the teacher, outspoken entrepreneur Reza Satchu, hadn’t arrived yet. Here’s the thing about Satchu — he’s a committed molder of young leaders, a founder of the Next 36 program, an eight-month business-building bootcamp designed to turn outstanding undergrads into high-impact entrepreneurs. But I was pleased I got there first, because when Satchu’s running the classroom, you don’t want to catch his eye.

Satchu’s stock in trade is discomfort.