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Programs like the Next 36 play a critical role in helping us unlock the potential that resides within our borders. By pulling together great talent, mentors and resources, we can drive Canada to the forefront of the world's leading knowledge economies.
Founder and CEO, Hubba
NEXT Canada gives promising students and recent grads an opportunity to start and grow their business with guidance from an amazing network. I am thrilled to be a mentor and am confident they will make a significant contribution to the Canadian economy in the years to come.
General Partner, Real Ventures
NEXT Canada is a critical partner in the SCALE.AI supercluster initiative. They have a terrific model and a proven track record of supporting high potential entrepreneurs.
Chairman of the Board, HEC Montreal; Co-chair, SCALE AI
Since 2010, over 450 alumni have graduated from NEXT programs and are now creating global impact.
16,000 square foot headquarters in downtown Toronto
"“Entrepreneurship, on steroids.” "
17 alumni ventures recognized as CIX Top 20 companies
"“The defining measure of this program won't be the original startups - it will be the eventual impact the students have on Canada and the world.” "
15 alumni on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list since 2014
"“It’s a boot camp for some of Canada’s best young brains.”"
$130M+ direct revenue generated by NEXT alumni ventures
"“It’s aimed at the best students with the highest potential.” "
400+ investors, entrepreneurs and senior business leaders involved
120+ ventures supported since 2010
""[NEXT Canada] is the most intense, hot-house effort to force grow entrepreneurs ever attempted in Canada.""
319M+ in cumulative economic impact
1,300+ jobs created
"“[NEXT Canada] is a remarkable program, not only in its structure and successes to date but also in its ability to attract the backing of some of Canada’s biggest business names.”"
450+ alumni since 2010
"“A novel twist on business accelerator programs.” "
7 alumni listed as Toronto Life’s 20 Most Brilliant Tech Innovators
"“[NEXT Canada] is a bet for the future.” "
200+ hours of in-class instruction and workshops
Founded by immigrants, for immigrants, Destin AI’s artificially intelligent bot is the simplest way to get guidance on how to come to Canada.
"If you would like to establish your AI company in Canada, NextAI is a great opportunity. You will be able to strengthen your team, better connect with industry experts who will inspire you and overall become a better leader."‐ Nargiz Mammadova, Founder, Destin AI
Feroot Privacy is a privacy management software platform that provides global enterprises and SaaS software companies a simple way to comply with complicated data privacy regulations, like GDPR.
“NextAI was a game-changer for us. We entered the program with an idea in the prototyping stage and left as a launched company with seed funding, a functional product, and a pipeline of early customers.”‐ Ivan Tsyranny, Co-founder, Feroot Privacy
EcoPackers transforms excess Canadian agricultural by-products into 100% biodegradable, non-toxic and cost-effective alternatives to single-use plastics.
“NEXT Canada equipped me with the confidence, resources and mentors needed to build an impactful business. I learned to be fearless when it came to my big vision and received guidance from some of the most inspirational business leaders in the world.”‐ Nuha Siddiqui, Founder, EcoPackers
Bridgit’s mobile app streamlines communication on construction sites, helping residential, commercial or institutional projects be completed better, faster.
“Next 36 was this perfect bridge between engineering and this different world I was quite interested in but wasn’t sure how to approach. It was the perfect segue for me.”‐ Lauren Lake, Co-founder, Bridgit
SeamlessMD is a cloud-based, patient engagement solution that delivers proactive care, improves recovery post-surgery, lowers costs and enhances the patient experience.
“I knew I wanted to build a venture someday, and I actually thought I'd be doing that 5-10 years from now. Next 36 has really accelerated what I've wanted to do with my career, and I can't imagine being able to do that with any other opportunity.”‐ Joshua Liu, Co-founder, SeamlessMD
Leveraging the power of AI for drug discovery, Atomwise designs new molecules for the most difficult targets, helping their partners deliver better medicines faster.
“NEXT Canada had a tremendous impact on my development as a founder. I was exposed to big thinkers, domain experts and an impressive circle of peers that continue to motivate me and help me grow my business.”‐ Abraham Heifets, Co-founder, Atomwise
Creator media platform #paid connects social media influencers and massive brands including Coca-Cola, Ikea and Visa to deliver authentic content designed to inspire consumer behaviour.
“Next Founders' flexible schedule allowed me to run my business and grow as a founder at the same time.”‐ Byran Gold, Co-founder, #Paid
Sampler is digitizing the product sampling experience, working with brands like Ritz, Garnier, L’Oréal, Unilever and more to deliver samples directly into the hands of their target markets.
“As a sole founder, this program gave me an incredible opportunity to connect with founders from across Canada who were dealing with similar challenges.”‐ Marie Chevrier, Founder, Sampler
Oscar, by Intuitive, is a smart waste bin that uses machine learning and computer vision to automatically route garbage into one of three categories: recycling, waste or compost.
“A lot of incubators focus on company development and networking, which NextAI does very aggressively. However, other incubators often forget the most vital element that drives the company to be successful: the founder.”‐ Hassan Murad, Co-founder, Intuitive