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This past weekend, 75 of the nation’s top undergraduate students flew in to Toronto to claim their finalist spots at the 8th Annual Next 36 National Selection Weekend (NSW), hailing from 21 schools...
BNN speaks with John Kelleher, co-chair of NEXT Canada. A year after the launch of the Toronto-based accelerator NextAI, he is seeing a significant rise in interest around artificial intelligence...
A civic engagement “app queen,” the founder of a dance troupe that raises awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women and a teenage mental-health advocate who just met with the prime...
An Ontario teen whose campaign for mental health made national news, a Vancouver woman raising awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women, and a young man from Calgary who designed a new...
Janelle Hinds (Next 36, 2015) was taught at an early age that she had a duty to help others in her community. She took that to heart and pushed herself into volunteering and starting projects that...
Technology plays a large role in how brands interact with customers today. From social media to wearables, marketers and consumers now have access to new exciting ways to communicate. Now that so...
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 analytics.Read more
Wilder and Harrier (previously Hexa Foods Inc.) develops, manufactures and sells eco-friendly and radically sustainable food products made with edible insects. Its first brand, BugBites, premium dog treats made with cricket flour, are made using only only natural and recognizable ingredients, without any preservatives or artificial flavourings. While being the most sustainable product in its category, BugBites also fills the gap for healthy and hypoallergenic foods in a steadily...Read more
Robot Playtime engages kids (K-12) in robotics and computer science through play, while fostering their imagination and creativity. Our platform, Pixel, transforms any mobile device into a programmable robot enabling anyone to create their own interactive and intelligent robot without any prior experience. Users are able to collaborate, and share their open source STEM creations with our online community.Read more
KOMBINE.ai is a platform for A.I. powered tools that help build better and healthier athletes. Composed of award winning scientists and experts in computer vision, the KOMBINE.ai team is on a mission to help athletes—and eventually everyone—take control of their physical health.Read more
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 and com ...Read more
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 starting at ...Read more
When Krista visited the grocery store for the first time, she was shocked that an apple costs more than a chocolate bar. Apples grow on trees locally, whereas chocolate bars need complex ingredients, packaging and marketing. Determined to tackle this problem, Krista joined NextAI to build Deepnify, a predictive machine learning venture to help fres ...Read more
Passionate about making the world a better place for pets, Paul Shenouda has challenged the norm by creating Wilder & Harrier, a Montreal-based startup that develops pet food products. Using cricket flour as the main source of sustainable protein, Paul strives to lead the food system transition towards eco-friendly, wholesome, food for pets -- ...Read more
Engineer-turned entrepreneur, Andrea Palmer is an autism health advocate and tech geek driven by social impact. Andrea pours her time and efforts into building tools to measure anxiety and improve the qualify of life for autistic people through Awake Labs’ wearable device, Reveal. Andrea is a recipient of the Next 36 Venture Day Outstanding Venture ...Read more
When Zack Fisch realized how challenging it is for patients to find proper aftercare after injuring his leg and making a trip to the the ER, he knew he had to act. That’s when Zack teamed up with his co-founders to create Dash MD, a patient engagement tool and community care discovery platform that transforms the aftercare experience for everyone. ...Read more
After struggling to access places in her wheelchair, Maayan Ziv set out to empower others with physical limitations with AccessNow: an app that crowdsources the accessibility status of locations on a public, interactive map. Maayan recognizes that creating greater accessibility opens a business’ doors to a much larger population. But she is not ju ...Read more
Fed up with the lack of elegant, commercial solutions for air pollution monitoring, Natalia Mykhaylova leveraged her background in chemistry, design and engineering to create WeavAir. Using novel material design to offer continuous personal protection from air pollution, Natalia is passionate about inventing ways to make both public and private spa ...Read more
Having dedicated his Banting Fellowship to studying sport to understand human nature, Shea has always been an innovator and builder of things. One of his major strengths lies in being able to recruit a team and motivating them to move mountains. His NextAI venture, KOMBINE AI, strives to democratize access to human movement expertise, inspired by h ...Read more
After spending 15 years building customer experiences for banks, Saroop came to the realization that there was a lack of data transparency and communication between financial service advisors and their customers. He clearly saw a broken process and a brighter future. ...Read more
Coming from an unconventional music background, Noel Webb applies the transferable skills of creativity, problem-solving, adaptability, and improvisation to his venture, Karen. When he was approached to speak about the intersection of audio and technology, his career as a tech entrepreneur kicked off. He ran several fast-growing startup companies, ...Read more
Hassan Murad is a mechatronic systems engineering graduate recognized as a 2017 Surrey Board of Trade Top 25 Under 25. With a hunger to create something impactful, he strives to leave a legacy of service beyond self through his venture, Intuitive, Inc. Intuitive, Inc. aims to create a standardized recycling system to reduce waste. Prior to joining ...Read more
Founder and CEO, Hubba
Founder and Executive Chair, Just Energy Group
Director of Operations, Shopify Toronto
General Partner, Real Ventures
Co-Founder and CEO, Wave
Associate Director, BDC Capital
CEO and Co-Founder, Busbud
Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, Sloan School of Management
Chair, NEXT Canada Investment Committee; SVP Strategy and Corporate Development, Wave
Former Interim CEO, NEXT Canada
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