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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 innovators, we will help create industry changing businesses and grow Canada's long-term prosperity.

What We Do

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, entrepreneurs and peers.

  • Founder Development

    Flexible education, designed for you and your venture and delivered by world-class faculty and business leaders. +

  • A Direct Line to the Experts

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

  • A Phenomenal Network

    Build relationships with investors, business leaders, media, and a peer network of founders facing the same challenges as you. +

  • In-kind Products and Services

    Get complimentary services from our partners, including cloud hosting, legal and work space. +

  • Exclusive Events

    Gain opportunities to pitch to investors and network 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 this 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 is built on a foundation of 16 hours of required masters-level courses complemented with dozens of optional classes 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.

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

We'll take you from Startup to Scale-up

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 Founders is supported by over 300 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 VIP 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 with, learn from and mentor other young entrepreneurs.

Meet this year's Advisory Resources and Subject Matter Experts

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, VoxPop Labs (creators of VoteCompass)
Alumnus, Rotman Creative Destruction Lab

The Next Founders Timeline

Applications Open

January 2017

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

Early March 2017

Final Interviews and Selection

Late March

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

Welcome and Onboarding Event

April 15, Toronto

Entrepreneurship Institute Begins

May 9

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 has finished, 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.

Application Info Meetups

Winter 2017in Waterloo and Toronto.

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


Starting May 9, throughout the summer

You will attend masters-level classes from our award winning faculty and entrepreneurs. To help you manage your calendar, a foundation of 16 hours of class will be scheduled in blocks with valuable workshops and events planned in close proximity to minimize the amount of time spent away from your venture. 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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