Some of Canada's top seed-backed and crowd funded companies join The Next Founders
TORONTO, May 5, 2015 /CNW/ - The Next 36, an organization that provides founder development to Canada's most promising entrepreneurs, unveiled an impressive group of ventures to the country's business elite at the TMX on Monday. Two unique programs celebrated the kick-off of their summer programming – The Next 36 flagship program for undergraduate student innovators and The Next Founders for more established ventures with early traction and a desire to scale quickly. This year's Next Founders cohort is the largest and most diverse ever, with participants representing 22 ventures, ranging from wearable technology to healthcare to 3D printing.
Supported by more than 200 business leaders across Canada – including W. Galen Weston, Jimmy Pattison and the late Paul Desmarais Sr. as Founding Patrons – The Next 36 provides world class founder development, business mentorship and venture building to the country's most promising entrepreneurs.
"Our summer program provides an incredible blend of networking and learning in the context of forming, financing, and growing a high technology venture", says Peter Carrescia, managing director of The Next 36. "Participants work closely with highly accomplished entrepreneurs, industry leaders, academics, and investors. These founders will also be able to leverage a peer network of like-minded entrepreneurs facing similar challenges and the outcome will be much stronger ventures."
Introducing the Ventures Represented by the 2015 Cohort of The Next Founders
- AccSys Diagnostics
- BitAccess Inc.
- ChargeSpot Wireless Power Inc.
- FuelWear Smart Apparel Inc.
- The Greenlid
- Maieutic Enterprises
- Mass Fidelity
- My Healthsphere
- ReDeTec Inc.
- Spring Loaded Technology
- TritonWear Inc.
The summer program concludes with Venture Day on August 18th at MaRS Discovery District, where these companies will pitch for investment from some of Canada's top angel investors and venture capitalists.
The Next 36 has contributed to the success of industry-changing start-ups including, Kira Talent, Bridgit, SeamlessMD, Thalmic Labs, OTI Lumionics, Atomwise and Nymi in its first four years.
About The Next 36
The Next 36 addresses Canada's deficit of high impact entrepreneurship by providing world class education, business mentorship and venture building programs to the country's most promising young entrepreneurs. 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. The Next 36 is supported through strong national partnerships with EY, MaRS, MasterCard, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and TD Bank Group. The Next Founders is the second program from The Next 36 and is designed for founders of tech start-ups looking for personal development, a peer network and support to scale quickly.
SOURCE The Next 36
For further information: Jon French, Director of Marketing & Communications, The Next 36, 647-259-8943 x101, [email protected]