You are a builder. Maker. Innovator. Game changer. Disruptor. And...

You want tocreate impact

We want to help you

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Why The Next 36?

Our Vision

At The Next 36, we believe that by fast-tracking the development of Canada's most talented young innovators, we will help create industry-changing businesses and grow Canada's long-term prosperity.

What We Do

The Next 36 is a program that accelerates the growth of Canada’s most talented young entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, capital and unparalleled founder development.

Each year, we choose 36 young Canadian innovators and challenge them to build a new business venture or iterate and scale an existing idea with enormous potential.

For eight months, these young entrepreneurs are mentored by successful Canadian entrepreneurs and business leaders, taught by some of the world's top faculty, and seek funding from top investors to build their venture.

  • Founder Development

    Learn from custom workshops delivered by successful entrepreneurs and award winning faculty. +

  • Incredible Mentorship

    Receive personal advice and venture guidance from Canada’s top entrepreneurs. +

  • The Ultimate Network

    Join a group of like-minded innovators and build relationships with Canada’s brightest entrepreneurs. +

  • Investment

    Earn up to $50,000 in seed capital for your venture from top Canadian VCs.

  • A Direct Line to the Experts

    Connect to subject matter experts on anything your venture needs. +

  • In-kind Products and Services

    Get the services your venture needs from our business and technology partners. +

We accelerate people.

We are looking for students and recent grads with an entrepreneurial track record and the potential to build something big.

Whether you've established your co-founders and an existing venture, or are still on the hunt for like-minded partners and a killer idea, our goal is to accelerate your individual growth so that you can become a high impact entrepreneur sooner and help grow Canada's prosperity. We provide you with a multitude of resources, surround you with talented peers, and put forth challenge after challenge, with the expectation that you will fail often, learn quickly and leave the program with dramatically increased expectations of what you can achieve.

You've got potential. Now take it to the next level.

  • Get hands-on startup experience by building your venture.
  • Learn critical business skills and startup strategy in courses taught by world class faculty, featuring Canada's top entrepreneurs and subject-matter-experts.
  • Be inspired by top Canadian entrepreneurs as they share stories of their successes – and failures.
  • Collaborate with impressive peers from across the country and become part of an alumni network of Canada's young changemakers.

Launch a real business. You choose your founders. It is your idea.

The venture you start during The Next 36 is not an academic exercise - it's a real opportunity to create impact. If you are chosen as one of The Next 36, you become the Lead Founder of your venture – either an idea you have already been working on or something you build from ground zero. You choose your founders – from the other 36 or your own network. We will help you build a team, identifyand pursue an opportunity, design products, hire employees, makesales, raise capital, and a hundred other things that you'll realize you'll need to do to grow your company. The Next 36 brings together resources to help you build your venture sooner, smarter and faster.

Turn your ambition into impact.

The ultimate network.

You can't build a great business without the support of a community of other entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and advisors. The Next 36 is backed by over 300 of Canada's top business leaders, who are committed to making Canada more prosperous by supporting promising entrepreneurs like you. Throughout the program, you will have opportunities to meet people who could become clients, investors and connectors for your venture.

The relationships you build during the program last a lifetime. The Next 36 alumni stay in touch with their mentors, start new ventures with their peers, raise new rounds from investors, and develop lasting friendships. Our alumni community will become an important place to go for advice, support and feedback for new ideas.

Great entrepreneurs are supported by great people.

What to Expect in The Next 36

NEW! Program changes for 2016 applicants with pre-existing teams and ventures.

Applications Open

Online, Summer 2016

Answer a few questions about yourself in a short written application and video interview. You can also share information about your idea, current venture and any co-founders at this stage. Make sure they apply too!

Application FAQ

Application Webinar

Online, Late August 2016

Why should you apply to The Next 36? Tune in to our Application Webinar on August 26th at 12pm EDT to get your questions answered by N36 staff and alumni.

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Final Application Deadline

Mid-October 2016

Program Timeline

Check out this infographic to see how the Next 36 experience varies for single applicants, teams, and pre-existing ventures.

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Venture Formation Phase

December to mid-January

After Selection Weekend, the 36 founders have different needs: some will choose their co-founders and ideate, while others will iterate on an existing idea or venture with co-founders. Various events and activities will help you get to know the other founders better and get feedback on your business.

Entrepreneurship Institute, Phase I (National)

January until May, remotely

While completing your academic year, you will work remotely with your co-founders and mentors to start building your venture. You participate in online classes and have a number of checkpoints where you can pitch for seed capital.

Entrepreneurship Institute, Phase II (Summer)

May to August, in Toronto

During Phase II, you work full-time on your venture while attending exclusive networking events and over 100 hours of founder development workshops and classes. There will also be pitch opportunities with top VCs and angel investors. By the end of the program you will have a larger and more diverse network — one that is committed to you and your business.

The Next 36 classes are delivered by top entrepreneurs and internationally acclaimed faculty and Canadian business leaders, directed by Ajay Agrawal, one of the University of Toronto's top-rated professors at the Rotman School of Management. The courses will provide you with a strong foundation in startup strategy and tactics, and expose you to new ways of thinking about problems and opportunities.

Alumni Events


Although the program ends, you are forever part of The Next 36 alumni community. Every few months we hold special events for alumni, where you can network with your peers and entrepreneurs from other years.

Summer Events

Across Canada, throughout the Summer

We'll be dropping-by various startup events throughout the summer. Come say hello!

National Campus Tour

September and October, at a campus near you

We'll be visiting campuses across Canada to give you a chance to ask us and our alumni questions. Join us at your campus:

National Selection Weekend

December 2016, Toronto

Finalists from across the country converge in Toronto for an intense weekend of interviews, workshops, speakers and idea generation. The Next 36 Selection Committee will choose 36 entrepreneurs to accept into the program. These 36 founders are assigned alumni mentors and will ideate, iterate and finalize co-founder teams over the next 6 weeks.

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February Showcase

February 2017

You will present an update on your venture's progress and receive feedback from your mentors and advisors.

Summer Kickoff and Prototype Day

Early May

With everyone finally together, you will pitch your venture prototype and receive feedback from a network of peers, mentors and other members of The Next 36 community. You will also meet the entrepreneurs in the Next Founders program, who you will be learning with during the summer.

Venture Preview Night


At Google Canada, you will pitch in front of investors and business leaders who get a sneak peek of your startup before Venture Day. This is a great chance to get feedback and start a relationship with select investors interested in helping grow your company.

Venture Day


The program culminates with a showcase of The Next 36 and The Next Founders ventures. Hundreds of investors and business leaders attend, and hundreds more watch online. You will graduate from the The Next 36 and high-performing participants will be recognized with awards including the Outstanding Venture Award.

Watch the Venture Day 2015 Webcast

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