The program for Canada’s most promising young entrepreneurs has launched its annual search for the country’s next great business builders. The Next 36, championed by Galen Weston, Paul Desmarais Sr., Jimmy Pattison and many others, is now accepting applications for its 2014 cohort.
Interested undergraduates and recent grads have until October 7th to submit their application and win a place in Canada’s most innovative, selective and demanding entrepreneurial leadership program.
The Next 36 has garnered support from the country’s academic and business communities. In less than three years, the program has won the backing of the presidents of eight Canadian universities and by a long list of prominent Canadian entrepreneurs and investors such as John Albright, Managing Partner at Relay Ventures. Albright’s venture capital firm provides funding to the program’s ventures and he states, “The Next 36 is the best organization in the country for future entrepreneurs.”
Each year, 36 promising undergraduates from across Canada are selected from a variety of academic disciplines, through a rigorous national selection process. During the nine-month program, the young entrepreneurs build a business in the mobile or tablet space. They are provided mentorship from some of Canada’s top business leaders, up to $80,000 cash from top venture capitalists, and academic instruction from some of the world’s top faculty. This year’s cohort will showcase their start-ups for angel investors and venture capitalists from across North America at Venture Day on August 13th, at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.
Young entrepreneurs who wish to be part of The Next 36 can submit their full application online by October 7th. Finalists will travel to Toronto for National Selection Weekend, which starts November 28, where the candidates and ventures for the 2014 cohort will be chosen.
For more information, please visit The Next 36 website.
UBC is proud to be an Academic Partner of The Next 36.