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NEXT Canada Academic Director Ajay Agrawal and faculty Professor Joshua Gans and Professor Avi Goldfarb explore how AI can help us solve problems that were not previously prediction oriented, how...
NEXT Canada brings together industry, academia, government and entrepreneurs to celebrate the launch of its third program, NextAI.
Today, Dovetale launched a recommendations engine that allows brands to find influencers based on image recognition and machine learning. While Dovetale — which provides a suite of tools for...
Document analysis is one of the fastest-growing areas for machine learning, and Knote can cut the cost of redacting official documents by about 80%. Two years ago, Next 36 alumnus Ron Glozman...
Bridgit co-founders and Next 36 alumni Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Lake discuss mentorship and getting comfortable with failure in this BetaKit 1-on-1. Both credit the mentorship they found through...
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 ...Read more
Sensassure’s diaper sensor solution for incontinent seniors tracks if they’ve soiled themselves and instantaneously alerts nursing staff when changes are required. Sensassure helps restore dignity to those who suffer from incontinence by automating existing manual care processes, leading to timely changes that prevent skin infections from developin ...Read more
Bridgit is bringing the flexibility of mobile devices to construction sites. Bridgit will eliminate many of the costly delays that result from miscommunication on site, by improving communication between contractors through trackable and tagged multimedia messages. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Focus is the first headphone designed explicitly to improve concentration: when you need to get stuff done, put on Focus, pick a tune, and get ready to roll. Unlike other headphones, Focus uses EEG sensors to read your brainwaves; when it senses you losing concentration, it gently prompt you back to attention using subtle auditory cues. It’s like a ...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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 (hellopixelbot.com), they...Read more
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...Read more
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...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...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...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
Corporate Strategy, Wave
President, NEXT Canada
Next Canada is made possible through the support of incredible partners, donors and over 300 individual business leaders.
Our entrepreneurs and ventures receive dedicated mentorship from some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs and investors.
Dozens of business professionals are available to provide domain expertise on any challenge your venture might be facing.
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...
Over the past 17 years, The National Business and Technology Conference has grown into Canada’s premiere destination for the next generation of CEOs, founders, and innovators. We are a meeting...