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NEXT Canada’s mission is to increase national prosperity by providing an ecosystem to support the country’s most exceptional entrepreneurs and innovators.We believe that harnessing the potential of big thinking Canadians is key to success on a global stage.
Next 36 transforms exceptional students into high impact entrepreneurs. Each year, we choose 36 young Canadian innovators and challenge them to build a new business venture. Over seven months, they are mentored by Canada's top business leaders, taught by some of the world's best faculty, and work to earn funding from venture capitalists.
Next Founders, our second program, is designed for young founders looking to scale their technology ventures. Over three months, founders learn from acclaimed professors, build relationships with an extraordinary community of business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors and learn to develop innovative solutions that they can quickly take to market.
NextAI, our third program, is designed for exceptional entrepreneurs building an AI-enabled business. We identify talented teams with ambitious ideas and leverage Canada’s leadership position in AI to provide them with the capital, mentorship, education and network to disrupt industries.
Support from our donors is the lifeblood of NEXT Canada work. Your support allows us to provide a transformative experience to Canada's most promising young people empowering them to create brighter futures for themselves and Canada.
In its first six years, NEXT Canada has provided 290 aspiring youth with the resources, mentorship, and education to build and scale 90+ ventures in key industries such as healthcare, e-commerce, and education. Because of the support of our donor network, NEXT Canada alumni have the skills, network, and capital to create industry-disrupting business around the world. Read more about their success here.
Over 444 individuals and organizations have graciously donated to NEXT Canada. Since the organization's inception, over 800 new jobs have been created by our alumni.
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"I wanted to write to express my thanks to both of you – without your help, I definitely would not be where I am today. For me, the Next 36 has been eye opening – it’s completely shifted the way I view entrepreneurship. Only a year ago, I was stressing over late-night studying in McGill’s libraries; today, my colleagues and I are pitching for hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund world changing ventures. As an engineer who envisioned a life spent editing CAD models at an aerospace company, this experience has been nothing short of revolutionary."
- Jacob Flood
Next 36, 2016 Cohort
Co-founder and CEO, Mindset
"I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your continued support of the Next 36 program and for the contributions you have made to this incredible endeavour. Being selected to be a part of the 2016 cohort of young entrepreneurs in the Next 36 program has been an incredible privilege. The sharing of knowledge from some of Canada’s top business leaders and entrepreneurs is an education that is beyond measure. Working and studying with this year’s group of young entrepreneurs has been extremely inspiring, their passion and dedication to their entrepreneurial ventures coupled with the extraordinary mentorship offered through the Next 36 program makes all things seem possible."
- Kelci Miller-Anderson
Next 36, 2016 Cohort
Co-founder and CEO, MycoRemedy
"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous contribution to the program. Without your philanthropy, young entrepreneurs like myself wouldn't be able to push ourselves to our true potential and make a difference in the world. In the past few months the Next 36 has taught me more than I have learned in the four years of university and three years of work experience combined. This program has given me a new perspective on entrepreneurship along with the courage and conviction to follow through with my ideas and achieve success."
- Nishant Samantray
Next 36, 2016 Cohort
Co-founder and CEO, Tandem