The Next 36

Through the Eyes of a Next 36 Intern - Summer Institute Kick-off Day

By: Lily Ljubicic

In the early hours of Monday May 4th, I found myself at Toronto’s TMX building, listening to the 2015 cohort of The Next Founders as they pitched their ventures to some of Canada’s top business leaders, venture capitalists, and angel investors at the Summer Kick-off event. With the entrepreneurs given just four minutes to pitch their company’s idea and strategy, the session was fast-paced and very intense. Having had little knowledge of the ventures before the day myself, I was intrigued by the cohort’s high levels of energy and their enthusiasm to share what they have been working on for months – and in some cases, years.

The Summer Kick-off event marks the beginning of the summer portion of both The Next Founders and the flagship Next 36 program. From now until August, this year’s cohort will work closely with Canada’s top entrepreneurs and business leaders, who will offer them expert entrepreneurial advice and help them push their ventures into profit-making fruition. Professor...
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