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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.

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Bryan Gold

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...

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Paul Shenouda

Orbityl is creating earplugs that monitor brainwaves during sleep, and use this information to create a personalized sleep training program for those suffering from chronic insomnia.

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Kristina Pearkes

Sean Kaiser

WeavAir harnesses the sensor array technology and pattern recognition to improve health and save money through connected air filter technology. The system is preventative providing early warnings and actionable insights.

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Natalia Mykhaylova

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.

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Alexander Hong

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.

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Shea Balish

Co-founder, 42

    Featured Entrepreneur Cathy Han

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 ...

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Co-founder, Thalmic Labs

    Featured Entrepreneur Stephen Lake

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 ...

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Co-Founder Deepnify

    Featured Entrepreneur Krista Caldwell

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 ...

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Co-Founder & VP Innovation, Wilder & Harrier

    Featured Entrepreneur Paul Shenouda

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 -- ...

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Co-Founder, Awake Labs

    Featured Entrepreneur Andrea Palmer

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 ...

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Co-Founder, Dash MD

    Featured Entrepreneur Zack Fisch

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. ...

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Founder, AccessNow

    Featured Entrepreneur Maayan Ziv

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 ...

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Founder, WeavAir

    Featured Entrepreneur Natalia Mykhaylova

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 ...

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Co-Founder, KOMBINE AI

    Featured Entrepreneur Shea Balish

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 ...

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Co-Founder, Senso

    Featured Entrepreneur Saroop Bharwani

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. ...

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Co-Founder, Karen.ai

    Featured Entrepreneur Noel Webb

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, ...

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Co-Founder, Intuitive, Inc.

    Featured Entrepreneur Hassan Murad

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 ...

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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

Former Interim CEO, NEXT Canada

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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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