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.
We created The Next Founders to support high potential founders
who want to scale their venture and grow both personally and professionally.
The Next Founders is designed to deliver relevant education
and to help you quickly build relationships with an extraordinary community of investors and entrepreneurs.
Invest your time and money better
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 50-65 hours of masters-level education taught by award winning faculty from schools including 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.
You'll be learning...
Entrepreneurial Financewith Ramana Nanda, Harvard Business School
Economics of Entrepreneurshipwith Reza Satchu, The Next 36
Customer Insight: Continous Innovationwith Darren Dahl, UBC
From Ideation to Experimentationwith Christian Catalini, MIT
Business, Government, and Global Economywith Marc Busch, Georgetown University
Surround yourself with people who can help you grow quickly
You have a great idea and some 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.
What entrepreneurs are saying...
Grow your company faster
Karl Martin and Foteini Agrafioti joined The Next Founders as co-founders of Bionym, an early-stage start-up that was developing a new biometric authentication solution based on Foteini's research. They planned to embed the technology into devices such as cellphones, but securing hardware partners was a challenge.
While participating in Rotman's Creative Destruction Labs (CDL), and later, The Next Founders, they pivoted and started exploring manufacturing their own wearable technology. Advisors from both N36 and CDL suggested they validate the market demand, which they did successfully through a crowdfunding campaign for their new product, the Nymi wristband. The campaign led to sales of over 5,900 devices and media features in the Economist, Wired, TechCrunch and The Verge.
Bionym has since raised $1.4M, including investors from The Next Founders network and is currently fundraising for a Series A. They are working on delivering their product and building a platform with their partners and growing community of developers. Soon, with their help, we will finally be able to say goodbye to passwords, pins and keys.
Meet a Few of Our Alumni
Clifton specializes in election analysis and public opinion research. His company, Vote Compass, offers a tool that helps voters assess their position in the political landscape. He has licensed the application to the media for numerous elections in Canada and Australia.
Ahmed founded Oncoustics based on his research into using ultrasound to study cancer treatment response. His company produces software that allows researchers and clinicians to rapidly assess tumour response to therapy using standard ultrasound devices.
After working and consulting in finance, Dmitriy founded Finmaven. His company develops products that help organizations interested in capital markets monitor buzz and gain insights from social media for over 9000 publicly traded securities, brands, and products.
The Next Founders Timeline
Deadline March 11
Apply online before March 11th. You will need to answer a few short questions about yourself, your co-founders and your venture in a short written application and video interview.
You will attend over 50 to 65 hours of masters-level classes from our award winning faculty. Classes will be held at the University of Toronto campus, and typically run in the evening or weekends. Yes, there will be homework, but it will be all about your venture.
Evenings 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.
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.
February 20, 11-2pm at the Ryerson DMZ
Introduce your startup and learn about The Next Founders from Next 36 staff and entrepreneurs who piloted The Next Founders in 2013.
Week of March 31
Finalists may be invited to an interview (online, or in-person in Toronto).
Venture Preview Night
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 investors interested in helping grow your company.
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.
A few other things you should know:
I am an ambitious entrepreneur but I don't come from a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) background. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. You will have to demonstrate in your application that you are an entrepreneur with a high potential venture who will be a valuable addition to The Next Founders community.
I already have a business degree. Am I eligible?
Yes. While The Next Founders is designed for those without formal business education, the right founder with a business degree will find the tailored curriculum invaluable. Exemptions from certain courses may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
I am not a Canadian citizen. Am I eligible?
The program is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents and those in the process of immigrating to Canada. If you are in the process of applying for Permanent Resident status, we will accept a notarized statement to this effect. If you intend to provide a notarized statement, please email Gillian Nation at [email protected] in advance of completing the first stage of the application.
Is there any revenue threshold for my venture in order to be eligible?
No. All applicants will be assessed based on the potential of the applicant and his or her venture.
What is the cost of the program?
There is no cost to participate in The Next Founders, which is delivered by The Next 36, a charity supported through the generosity of Canadian business leaders, entrepreneurs and government partners. Alumni will be encouraged to give back to the community through their time, expertise and financial support as they are able.
Do you take equity in my venture?
No. The Next Founders takes no equity in your venture.
Is there any formalized mentorship provided?
While no formal mentorship is provided, you will have many opportunities to build relationships with the business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors you meet at The Next Founders events. The Next Founders alumni have found the peer-to-peer mentorship and collegiality of The Next Founders and The Next 36 entrepreneurs particularly valuable.
Can I complete any of the academic components remotely?
No. These courses are not designed for remote participation. Direct contact with faculty and integration with The Next 36 entrepreneurs are key tenets of The Next Founders program.
Do I apply as an individual, or as a venture?
As an individual. However, multiple co-founders from the same venture may apply if they will benefit from the program and can add value. All applicants will be evaluated individually.