The Next 36

About The Next 36 Program

The Next 36 is a resource-rich program designed to nurture the entrepreneurial promise of 36 undergraduates with extraordinary potential each year. It was founded by a small group of entrepreneurs, business leaders and academics in response to Canada's need for more high-impact entrepreneurs, and is championed by Founding Patrons W. Galen Weston, Paul Desmarais, Sr. and Jimmy Pattison.

For seven months, 36 young entrepreneurs are mentored by Canada’s top business leaders, taught by some of the world's top business faculty, and work to earn funding from top venture capitalists. The Next 36 has developed a unique selection process, curriculum and venture development program, which have resulted in immediate national demand from students and unparalleled support from the business, academic and investment community. The program is described by mentors, donors and participants as transformational.

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What makes The Next 36 unique?

No program in the world provides the same mix of CEO mentorship, investment, academic instruction, networking opportunities and exclusive events.

The program is specifically focused on innovative university undergraduates and recent grads based on their entrepreneurial potential. While the majority of our young entrepreneurs have built a prior business, The Next 36 challenges them to build a venture from ground zero (no traction, scale or minimum viable product necessary to apply) with the support of mentors, advisors, and investors whose expertise, networks and judgment help them learn and grow faster than they thought possible.

What does The Next 36 provide to young entrepreneurs?

  • Investment. Up to $65,000 of seed capital is provided to each N36 venture. The Next 36 is supported by an investor group that includes Relay Ventures and Slaight Communications, and has connections to top venture capitalists and angel investors across North America.
  • CEO mentorship. Some of Canada’s top entrepreneurs and business leaders work directly with N36.
  • World-class academic instruction. Award-winning professors from Harvard Business School, MIT, Wharton, Georgetown, Rotman, Ivey and Sauder (UBC) deliver content that is directly applicable to N36 ventures.
  • Powerful advisory resources. The program is supported by over 300 of Canada’s top business leaders, including Founding Patrons W. Galen Weston, Jimmy Pattison and Paul Desmarais Sr. The Next 36 has a network of supporters and advisory resources in all of the major start-up communities across Canada.
  • Professional service support. Essential business services are provided by our partners including Rogers Communications, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, MaRS, EY, TD Canada Trust, Rackspace Cloud Hosting, Crashlytics, and many more.
  • A phenomenal network. Participants begin building life-long relationships with some of Canada’s brightest and most ambitious young entrepreneurs, seasoned industry leaders, and investors through a range of exclusive meetings and events.