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Why The Next Founders?

Our Vision

At The Next Founders, 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 Founders is designed to support and nurture the founders of massively scalable, high margin ventures who want to grow their company while growing as an entrepreneur.

Over three months, we provide tailored education taught by some of the world's top faculty and entrepreneurs, in combination with access to an extraordinary community of investors and entrepreneurs.

Who Should Apply

The Next Founders is for:

  • Young Canadian founders of scalable, high growth ventures
  • Inventors and researchers with technology they plan to commercialize
  • Talented founders seeking world-class education, a community of peers and personal growth
  • A World Class Education

    Over 25 hours of advanced-level education, designed for you and your venture.

  • A Direct Line to the Experts

    Receive personal advice and venture guidance from Canada's top entrepreneurs and subject matter experts.

  • A Phenomenal Network

    Build life-long relationships with Canada’s brightest entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and our alumni.

  • In-kind Products and Services

    Get complimentary services from our partners, including the possibility of free work space.

  • Exclusive Events

    Pitch opportunities with investors and networking with top entrepreneurs and potential customers.

Make the most of your money and time

We recognize that a founder's time is his/her most precious resource and have designed a program with you in mind. We've brought together the best of the academic and business worlds in a focused program that will improve your strategic decision-making and increase your capacity for success.

The Next Founders provides 25 hours of masters-level education and startup workshops taught by Canada's top entrepreneurs and award winning faculty from schools including the Rotman School of Management, Harvard Business School, MIT and Ivey. 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. The commitment is a minimum of 25 hours or programming, with dozens of optional classes for you to choose from based on time and need.

I learned more in the three months with The Next Founders than in the three years I was at university.
Max Teitelbaum, Founder, WhatRunsWhere

Surround yourself with people who can help you grow quickly

You have a great idea and early traction. Now you need people who can refine your model, fund your business and be your customers. The Next 36 is supported by over 250 of Canada's top business leaders who are committed to making Canada more prosperous by supporting promising entrepreneurs like you.

You will be invited to a number of intimate events to meet potential clients, investors, and like-minded entrepreneurs. 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. As part of the Next 36 alumni community you will have many opportunities to engage, learn and mentor other young entrepreneurs.

Meet this year's Advisory Resources and Subject Matter Experts (PDF)

This program has connected me to Canada's business elite and provided strategic insights into entrepreneurial success. It has created opportunities that were previously unimaginable to me.
Clifton van der Linden, Founder, VoteCompass
Alumnus, Rotman Creative Destruction Lab

The Next Founders Timeline

Applications Open

January 12

Apply online before March 3rd. You will need to provide information about yourself, your co-founders and your venture in a short written application and video interview.

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Application Deadline

March 3

Final Interviews

Week of March 23rd

Finalists may be invited to an interview (online, or in-person in Toronto).

Program Starts

May 4

Exclusive Events

Throughout the summer

You'll be invited to multiple networking events, where you will have the opportunity to meet investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders with the potential to make a big impact on your venture.

Venture Preview Night

Mid-July @ Google

You will pitch in front of investors and business leaders who get a sneak peak of your startup before Venture Day. This is a great chance to get feedback and start a relationship with investors interested in helping grow your company.

Alumni Events


Although the program's done, you are forever part of the alumni community. We hold special events for alumni, where you can network with your peers and entrepreneurs from other years.

Drop-In Session

February 11, at the Ryerson DMZ

Introduce your startup and learn about The Next Founders from alumni entrepreneurs and Next 36 staff.

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Offers Made

March 27


Starting May 4, throughout the summer

You will attend over 25 hours of masters-level classes from our award winning faculty. To help you manage your calendar, required classes will be scheduled over four 2-3 day blocks. Optional classes and workshops will be held periodically. Classes will be held at the University of Toronto campus, and typically run Thursdays and Fridays.

Venture Day

August 18

The program culminates with a showcase of The Next Founders and The Next 36 ventures. Hundreds of investors and business leaders attend, and hundreds more watch online.

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