NEXT Canada 2021 Cohort Award Winners

Introducing The NEXT Canada 2021 Cohort Award Winners

Over the past 6 months, NEXT Canada’s exceptional entrepreneurs in our Next 36, Next Founders and Next AI cohorts have been busily developing, building and growing their ventures. Venture Day celebrates the end of three NEXT Canada programs, Next 36, which supports young founders of early-stage businesses; Next Founders, which focuses on founder development for existing startups with significant traction; and Next AI, which works with early or idea stage AI-enabled startups.

Attendees were given the opportunity to hear the pitches and then vote on their favourites. WaiveTheWait, is a company dedicated to bettering the waiting experience for patients, was chosen by the audience as the RBC People’s Choice Award. The startup, led by CEO and founder Shreyansh Anand, offers an software, that sends personalized patient dashboards that allow simple two-way communication between the receptionists and the patients along with smart reminders that let the patients know when to leave based on their commute and wait time.

Pitching Ventures:

The talent in this year’s graduating class is exceptional and worthy of celebration. Please visit our 2021 Venture Directory to explore all the ventures coming out of our program – our interactive directory allows you to hear from each venture, sort them by industry, program and stage – as well as booking a follow-up meeting. We welcome you to get to know the class of 2021.

Winner: Rayhan Memon, Next 36
Winner: Rayhan Memon, Next 36

NEXT Canada Hepburn Valedictorian


The NEXT Canada Hepburn Valedictorian, in recognition of Claudia Hepburn, one of NEXT Canada’s Co-founders, is selected by fellow entrepreneurs as the individual who elevated the experience and contributed the most value to the 2021 cohort of NEXT Canada.

Winner: Sheryl Song, Next Founders
Winner: Sheryl Song, Next Founders

EY Women in Tech Award


Celebrated a high-potential female entrepreneur building a business within the tech community.

Winner: Chloë Ryan, Next 36

Satchu Prize Next 36 Top Entrepreneur


Awarded in recognition of an individuals outstanding performance in the program and demonstrated potential to lead Canada’s next generation of high-impact entrepreneurs.

Winner: Ruth, Next 36
Winner: Ruth, Next 36

The Scotiabank Outstanding Contribution to Society Award


Given to a venture that has made the most significant contribution to promoting social and/or environmental change to our society.

Winner: WaiveTheWait, Next 36

RBC People’s Choice Award


Voted by the audience for the top pitch of the day.

Winner: David Hayes, Next AI
Winner: David Hayes, Next AI

Next AI Top Entrepreneur Award


The Next AI Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded to a founder who epitomizes the spirit of NEXT Canada. Through their involvement in our program they have contributed significantly to the overall success of the entire cohort.

Winner: Joshua Liu, Next 36, 2013
Winner: Joshua Liu, Next 36, 2013

Tim and Frances Price Alumni Engagement Award


The Tim and Frances Price Alumni Engagement Award recognizes the remarkable things that NEXT Canada’s alumni are doing by giving back to the alumni community and making Canada a better and more prosperous country.

Winner: Sheryl Song, Next Founders
Winner: Sheryl Song, Next Founders

W. Galen Weston Top Entrepreneur Award


Celebrates the top entrepreneur of the 2021 Next Founders program, as voted by their peers and in recognition of venture achievement and a demonstrated potential to lead Canada’s next generation of high-impact entrepreneurs.

Winner: Braden Ream, Next 36, 2018
Winner: Braden Ream, Next 36, 2018

Geoff Taber Award Alumni Achievement Award


Honours the late Geoff Taber’s memory in recognition of his many contributions to NEXT Canada since inception and to the Canadian tech community at large. The award recognizes outstanding alumni achievement and venture success.

Winner: A Friendlier Company, Next 36
Winner: A Friendlier Company, Next 36

Next 36 Outstanding Venture Award


Winner: Leav, Next AI
Winner: Leav, Next AI

Next AI Outstanding Venture Award


Winner: Partake Brewing, Next Founders
Winner: Partake Brewing, Next Founders

Next Founders Outstanding Venture Award


Congratulations

to everyone who was recognized. The talent in this year’s cohorts was unbelievable, and we look forward to staying connected with you on your journey.

To our partners and donors, a thank you for continuing to support us as we push forward.

We know that we are contributing to a more competitive and prosperous Canada, and we are thankful for your support every step of the way.