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At NEXT Canada, we believe that harnessing the potential of big thinking Canadians is key to increasing national prosperity and succeeding on a global stage.

We provide our most promising innovators and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to create impact.  Mentorship. Founder Development. Capital. Incredible Network.

See an overview of all NEXT Canada programs here

For entrepreneurs and innovators who are creating tomorrow by building AI-enabled businesses.

For builders, innovators and game changers looking to create big impact.

For Founders looking to scale both business and mindset.

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Healthcare is a sector with incredible opportunities. SeamlessMD was co-founded by Joshua Liu, a med student from University of Toronto, Philip Chen, an engineering science student from University of Toronto and Willie Kwok, a computer science student from UBC. SeamlessMD is a mobile platform that reduces hospital readmissions by monitoring and ad ...

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Philip Chen

Joshua Liu

Willie Kwok

paid is the world's leading influencer collaboration and marketing platform. #paid connects brands like Airbnb, Audi, and Corona with popular content creators on social media to run authentic, honest, and engaging collaborations. Our automated marketplace allows marketers to find influencers, collaborate easily, approve content, and track analyti ...

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Bryan Gold

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    ​Meet James Sun

    Co-founder, Revlo

Named as one of Canada's top 20 under 20, James has co-founded non-profit organizations that have helped raise over $1,000,000, pitched investment opportunities on behalf of the Canadian government to Global 1000 CEOs, and was a True Ventures Fellow who worked at Kiip in app partnerships. During his fellowship at TNBT, a program cofounded by Ryan...

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    ​Meet Julie Topp

    Co-founder, Revlo

Julie studied at OCAD University, receiving a Bachelor of Design, specialized in industrial and graphic design. Her passion for creating great products has led her to join the continuing studies department as teacher and mentor for her peers, and fellowship at MyPlanet, where she conducted stakeholder interviews, user research, observation, and...

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    ​Meet Chenny Xia

    Co-founder, JourneyCX

Chenny is an UX strategist with a focus in human-computer interaction. She was the category winner for mobile design at the Canadian Regional Design Awards ('14). Other project mentions include the CEA Innovation Award ('12), and being a finalist in the CNET Best of CES Awards ('13).  At her digital agency, Pixelbot (, they...

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    ​Meet Sameer Dhar

    Co-founder, Sensassure

Sameer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sensassure, a company transforming incontinence management through sensor-based technology. Sameer was named as one of Canada’s 2011 Top 20 Under 20, and one of Edmonton’s 2013 Top 40 Under 40 young leaders for co-founding GEOMEER, a nationally registered charitable organization that has raised over...

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    ​Meet Michael Cheng


Michael Cheng has been named Top 25 Under 25 and Student Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as a recipient of the Business Excellence Award. He has founded over 10 profitable business ventures across a number of industries, working with high profile clients including Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Stanley, and more. Michael also started TEDxSFU, an...

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    ​Meet Cathy Han

    Co-founder, 42

Cathy Han is a fourth year finance student at the Sauder School of Business, UBC. Last year, Cathy had the pleasure of serving as President of Enterprize Canada, Western Canada’s largest student-organized conference and business plan competition dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs. Cathy has a passion for contributing to growing people...

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    ​Meet Stephen Lake

    Co-founder, Thalmic Labs

Stephen's interest in entrepreneurship began at an early age: He started his first company at the age of 13. In 2007 Stephen was awarded a Canada´s Top 20 Under 20 award, and Loran Scholarship from the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, as he began studying Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. In three years since...

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Meet The Network

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Christian Catalini

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

Peter Carrescia

Corporate Strategy, Wave

Ben Zifkin

Founder and CEO, Hubba

Rebecca MacDonald

Founder and Executive Chair, Just Energy Group

Satish Kanwar

Director of Operations, Shopify Toronto

Kirk Simpson

Co-Founder and CEO, Wave

Janet Bannister

General Partner, Real Ventures

LP Maurice

CEO and Co-Founder, Busbud

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Next Canada is made possible through the support of incredible partners, donors and over 300 individual business leaders.

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Our entrepreneurs and ventures receive dedicated mentorship from some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs and investors.

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Dozens of business professionals are available to provide domain expertise on any challenge your venture might be facing.

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U of T Hacks

UofTHacks is the University of Toronto's annual hackathon. Join 500 brilliant developers, inspiring designers, and innovative creators for 36 hours of hacking. We’ll give you access to some of the...

Ivey ACE Conference 2017

The Ivey ACE Conference is a student-organized event designed to educate and inspire young entrepreneurs and leaders in the business community. This year’s conference will take place in January...


Held in Canada’s largest city, ResolveTO will combine Startupfest’s unique vibe with the power of enterprise. The event will bring together the best of young startups and large organizations, for...

UTSC Entrepreneur Expo

Do you have an innovative idea that you would like to explore further?Have you ever thought of starting your own business?Would you like to talk to people who have created a cool concept?Do you know...

Canada's Business Model Competition

Canada's Business Model Competition is hosted and organized by Launch Dal, an initiative of the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Dalhousie University’s Rowe School...