UBC-Affiliated Startups Win Spots in The Next Big Thing (TNBT) for 2015

Published on Thursday, October 22, 2015


The Next Big Thing (TNBT), an entrepreneur-led charitable foundation that empowers young founders to take on the world, recently announced the 12 winning ventures chosen for its elite Vancouver-based Fellowship. Included in the top 12 are four startups from UBC students: Currents, Festfeed, Iconik, and Spare.


The following is an excerpt from the T-Net article on ‘The Next Big Thing’.

The 21 founders aged 15-23 have joined TNBT from across the country to take part in a three-month intensive program that will propel them from today’s startups-to-watch into tomorrow’s success stories.

“Some of the most innovative startups in the market today were created by founders in their teens or early twenties,” said Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite and TNBT co-founder. “We’re proud to champion the brightest and best entrepreneurs in Canada and give them access to mentorship, top tier networking opportunities and hands-on learning at this critical stage in their companies’ growth.”

The Next Big Thing 2015 Vancouver Fellowship Winners

As We Are - Zoya Jiwa
Input Kit – Michael Go
CurrentsAlex Sismanis, Steven Liu
Festfeed – Hilton Routley, Matt Stefan, Jordan Romero-Porter, Kelsey Maes
Helphub - Miguel Kurdy
IconikLayne Lafrance
ReachSarah Main, Brent Hussey
SpareAlexey Indeev, Josh Andrews, Kristoffer VanHansen
Stevi-Sweets, Tara Bosch
taski - Rishabh Chaudhary, Kirill Polzunov
The Soular BackpackSalima Visram
Basecamp Card CompanyMaya Gay, Aidan May

Read the full T-Net article here.