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Bridgit

Mallorie Brodie, Lauren Lake

In 2013 Mallorie and Lauren met in the Next 36 program and founded Bridgit, an easy-to-use mobile app that was built to make construction projects less complicated from day one. To solve the problem of construction site communication inefficiencies, Mallorie applied her Ivy business knowledge and ten years of entrepreneurial experience, while Lauren applied her engineering and construction knowledge. Today, Bridgit has raised over $3.3 Million in seed funding, was named one of the Top Construction Apps of 2018, and has secured over 10,000 users across North America.

Next 36 was this perfect bridge between engineering and this different world I was quite interested in but wasn’t sure how to approach. It was the perfect segue for me.

 ‐Lauren Lake

SeamlessMD

Joshua Liu, Philip Chen, Willie Kwok

In 2013 Joshua Liu, Philip Chen and Willie Kwok came together in the Next 36 program and founded Seamless MD. Available on desktops, smartphones and tablets, the venture is a cloud-based, patient engagement solution that improves surgical outcomes, lowers costs and enhances the patient experience. Joshua is a physician turned entrepreneur who believes that the future of healthcare depends on the intersection of design, data and technology. Along with his co-founders Philip, who is an engineer, and Willie, who specializes in computational biology and informatics, the team has raised $1.1M to help improve post-surgery recoveries.

I knew I wanted to build a venture someday, and I actually thought I'd be doing that 5-10 years from now. Next 36 has really accelerated what I've wanted to do with my career, and I can't imagine being able to do that with any other opportunity.

 ‐Joshua Liu

Next 36 is a transformational experience that increased my trajectory in business and in life.

 ‐Philip Chen

Palette

Calvin Chu

Calvin studied Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where he took special interest in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. He has always loved building things, which led him to found Palette, a more precise and intuitive editing solution for photographers and videographers. A few years into starting the venture, Palette won Gold at the User Experience Design Awards (UXDA) while at IFA, Berlin from the International Design Center Berlin. His Lego like controls not only make editing faster, but are also integrated into adobe products, making the process as easy as possible. When Calvin is not working on Palette, you can find him snowboarding, hiking and travelling.

Atomwise

Abraham Heifets

Abraham is an expert in big data and high-performance computing. After completing his B.Sc. and M.Eng. at Cornell, he co-founded Atomwise, an organization that uses artificial intelligence and deep learning neural networks to help discover new medicines. Atomwise achieves the world’s best results for new drug hit discovery, binding affinity prediction, and toxicity detection. Within 2018, Atomwise raised $45M in Series A to become the preferred artificial intelligence partner for the global pharmaceutical industry. The venture has also recently expanded its ground-breaking artificial intelligence screening program to support 100 new academic projects worldwide.

#paid

Bryan Gold

Bryan is a marketing expert who has helped brands like Airbnb, Microsoft, Audi, and Sony. He is a former Apple employee and MIT graduate. After a friend became popular on Instagram with no way to monetize her following, Bryan and his co-founder realized that there should be an easy way to connect marketers with influencers. In 2013 #paid was founded, a platform that empowers over 15,000 creators and enables the world to experience their creative storytelling. With offices in New York and Toronto, #Paid has successfully raised $9M in Series A to expand the company internationally and to help marketers find influencers with the use of Artificial intelligence.

Next Founders' flexible schedule allowed me to run my business and grow as a founder at the same time.

 ‐Byran Gold

Sampler

Marie Chevrier

Marie Chevrier is a Marketing graduate and started her career in advertising at J. Walter Thompson where she focused on the Tim Hortons business. In 2013 Marie founded Sampler, a leader in digital product sampling. Based in Toronto, the venture’s software helps hundreds of brands like Nestlé, L'Oréal and Kimberly-Clark make their product sampling strategies targeted and measurable. Since its launch, Sampler has helped Marie combine her love for marketing and technology and she'll say that it's been quite the ride. Recently Sampler was selected as one of three ventures to be backed by L’Oréal and Founders Factory Beauty Tech accelerator, allowing the company to grow beyond the 200 clients within 17 countries that they serve thus far.

As a sole founder, this program gave me an incredible opportunity to connect with founders from across Canada who were dealing with similar challenges.

 ‐Marie Chevrier

Senso

Saroop Bharwani

After working for 15 years creating experiences for banking customers, Saroop realized there was a lack of communication and transparency of data between financial advisors and their clients. This is when he co-founded Senso.AI, an enterprise SaaS market intelligence platform, that helps financial institutions and mortgage lenders acquire and retain high value customers. On his spare time, Saroop enjoys reading autobiographies about relentless passion such as Steve Jobs and Ghandi.

Now's the time to be a startup founder in Toronto. I've started a few Toronto-based companies in the past, and the type of support which NextAI provides was not previously available. If you truly have what it takes, don't hesitate take the leap of faith.

 ‐Saroop Bharwani

Intuitive, Inc.

Hassan Murad

Hassan Murad, a graduate in Mechatronics Engineering wants to create a buoyant project and strives to leave a legacy of service that goes beyond personal interest. His co-founder, Vivek is also a Mechatronics Systems Engineer who is very passionate about creating a sustainable future. At Intuitive, the co-founders are creating technology to empower a zero-waste world. With their intelligent bins placed across heavy waste generating areas such as airports, malls and universities, Intuitive will be the worlds first point of disposal recognition system generating real time customer insights and key brand consumption analytics. Since its inception Intuitive won the NextAI 2017 Outstanding Venture award and have been selected as CIX’s Top 20: Canada’s Most Innovative Technology Companies.

I expected NextAI to be the best incubator in Toronto, but it turned out to be the best in the world. A lot of incubators focus on company development and networking, which NextAI does very aggressively. However, other incubators often forget the most vital element that drives the company to be successful: the founder.

 ‐Hassan Murad

To celebrate Canada 150, NEXT Canada asked over 75 alumni and supporters to create a bold vision of what the future could look like. Then, we surveyed regular Canadians to find out what they thought of the predictions. 

From energy, robotics, and transportation, to health, education, and entertainment, their answers give a glimpse at what the next 150 years have in store for us. 

Read the predictions

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Meet The Network

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Ben Zifkin

Founder and CEO, Hubba

Rebecca MacDonald

Founder and Executive Chair, Just Energy Group

Satish Kanwar

Director of Operations, Shopify Toronto

Janet Bannister

General Partner, Real Ventures

Kirk Simpson

Co-Founder and CEO, Wave

Nicole LeBlanc

Associate Director, BDC Capital

LP Maurice

CEO and Co-Founder, Busbud

Christian Catalini

Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, Sloan School of Management

Peter Carrescia

Chair, NEXT Canada Investment Committee; SVP Strategy and Corporate Development, Wave

Andrea Matheson

Scale Expert, Multi-Exit Entrepreneur

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