About The Next 36 – Guest Post

written by Clare Ryan on June 26, 2012 in Partner Events with no comments
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Regarded as “the most intense, hot-house effort to force grow entrepreneurs ever attempted in Canada“, The Next 36 is an ambitious national organization whose goal is to increase Canadian prosperity by developing Canada’s next generation of high impact entrepreneurs. The organization was spearheaded in 2010 by a group of 50 high-profile business leaders, entrepreneurs, and academics, including founding patrons W. Galen Weston, Jimmy Pattison and John Desmarais Sr., and continues to be supported by notable Canadian leaders like Nadir Mohamed (Rogers Communications, N36 Board Member) and Jordan Banks (Facebook, Mentor). Started by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, The Next 36 provides a series of life changing experiences and relationships to young Canadians through its one-of-a-kind annual accelerator program.

Each year, 36 promising undergraduates from across the country are chosen from a variety of academic disciplines, through an intense National Selection Weekend. From more than a thousand applicants, 72 finalists are flown to Toronto, where 36 candidates are chosen after an intense and rigorous series of interviews, workshops and team formation.

Over the next 8 months in teams of four, The Next 36 candidates build digital businesses for mobile or tablet devices. They are provided with up to $50,000 in seed capital, mentorship from some of Canada’s top business leaders, and academic instruction from some of the world’s top faculty (from Harvard, MIT, Wharton, Rotman and Ivey to name a few). The program concludes each year with Venture Day – the program’s capstone event – where all 9 startups pitch their businesses to investors from across North America and various program stakeholders.

If you would like to learn more about the program or attend Venture Day in Toronto on August 14th, please email info@thenext36.ca