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Every year, Canada accepts approximately 300,000 immigrants from around the world. And as much as us Canadians like to think we’re welcoming and open, immigrating to Canada can still be a confusing and overwhelming process. Destin AI’s goal is to create a pleasant experience for everyone on their immigration journey. From a free eligibility check to professional support as the user prepares their documents, Destin AI’s artificially intelligent bot is the simplest way to get guidance on how to come to Canada. Founded by immigrants, for immigrants, Destin AI has already helped 5,000+ immigrants since founding in May 2017, and it isn’t stopping there.

If you would like to establish your AI company in Canada, NextAI is a great opportunity. You will be able to strengthen your team, better connect with industry experts who will inspire you and overall become a better leader.

 ‐Nargiz Mammadova, Founder, Destin AI
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Nargiz Mammadova

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Feroot Privacy is a privacy management software platform that provides global enterprises and SaaS software companies a simple way to comply with complicated data privacy regulations, like GDPR. In 2018, Feroot signed three LOIs with early customers, raised a seed round, joined the Creative Destruction Lab, and was named NextAI Outstanding Venture. By helping large companies centralize, integrate and administer privacy protocols, Feroot Privacy is becoming an increasingly important tool in a data-driven world.

NextAI was a game-changer for us. We entered the program with an idea and in a product in the prototyping stage. Nine months later we left as a launched company with the seed funding round, functional product, and a pipeline of early customers.

 ‐Ivan Tsyranny, Co-founder, Feroot Privacy
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Ivan Tsarynny

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Vitaliy Lim

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In Canada, 63% of plastic waste is made up of single-use plastics and packaging. And if we’re pointing fingers, Styrofoam is one of the worst offenders. It’s toxic, hard to recycle and simply unnecessary. Enter EcoPackers. EcoPackers aims to help eliminate the negative environmental impact that packaging material creates by transforming excess Canadian agricultural by-products into 100% biodegradable and non-toxic alternatives to disposable plastics. Within the past 18 months, Ecopackers has raised $115K in seed funding, was accepted to Taiwan’s Garage+Startup Accelerator Program as well as the Creative Destruction Lab, and was recognized as one of the Top 4 Canadian Social Enterprises by Enactus.

In just 8 months, NEXT Canada equipped me with the confidence, resources and mentors needed to build my very own impactful business. I learned to be fearless when it came to my big vision from the very first day, and received guidance on scaling my business from some of the most inspirational business leaders in the world. It's a program like no other, and it's a network that I continue to be incredibly honoured and fortunate to be a part of.

 ‐Nuha Siddiqui, Founder, EcoPackers
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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
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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
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Joshua Liu

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Willie Kwok

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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.

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Using the same AI technology that enables self-driving cars or recognizes faces in a crowd, Atomwise uses convolutional neural networks for drug discovery. They design new molecules for the hardest targets, helping partners deliver better medicines faster. Atomwise’s software, AtomNet, screens between 10 and 20 million compounds a day to deliver results 100 times faster. This means that discovery and optimization processes that traditionally take years can now be done in a matter of weeks. Listed as one of Y Combinator’s top 100 companies, Atomwise has grown their team to 29 people after raising a $45M Series A in March 2018.

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#paid is a creator media platform that intelligently connects brands and social media influencers to deliver content and media designed to inspire consumer behavior. It helps marketers leverage data and insights to produce content that resonates with their target audience—and scales across their media channels. #paid powers hundreds of programs for top brands, including Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Ikea, Airbnb, Visa, VICE and more by delivering world-class content and optimizing their working spend. With a 50 person team distributed between Toronto and New York and raising a $9M Series A in May 2018, 100+ countries are using #paid to produce authentic and engaging content around the world.

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

 ‐Byran Gold, Co-founder, #Paid
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How many times have you taken a free food sample from a grocery store kiosk without any intention of buying the product? Or accepted a flyer from someone on the street, only to toss it away in the next recycling bin you see? Sampler aims to change that by digitizing the product sampling experience and only delivering samples to consumers who may actually be interested in purchasing the product. Sampler works with brands to deliver samples to their target market, meaning no wasted spend and higher ROIs. Voted the 34th fastest growing Canadian company, Sampler is working with some of the world’s largest CPG brand to get your new favourite product directly into your hands.

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, Founder, Sampler
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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
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Nick Seelert

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Every year approximately 2.6 trillion pounds of waste are produced globally, with only 2% recycled out of a possible 82%. Intuitive Inc. is building an artificially intelligent waste bin that will create a world where that’s no longer the case. Their smart waste bin, Oscar, uses a blend of robotics, machine learning and computer vision to automatically detect and route the disposed item into one of three categories: recycling, waste or compost. Named one of CIX’s 2018 Top 20 Most Innovative Companies in Canada, having over 20 confirmed pilots, and having graduated the Creative Destruction Lab AI Stream, Intuitive is enacting their vision of empowering a zero waste world.

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, Co-founder, Intuitive
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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. 

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Founder and Executive Chair, Just Energy Group

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Director of Operations, Shopify Toronto

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General Partner, Real Ventures

Kirk Simpson

Co-Founder and CEO, Wave

Nicole LeBlanc

Associate Director, BDC Capital

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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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