Meet our Entrepreneurs

Since 2010, NEXT has accelerated the trajectory of more than 500 promising entrepreneurs. With over 250 ventures launched, our alumni have been recognized on the Forbes 30 under 30 list, the CIX Top 20, LinkedIN’s Top 25 Startups, The Narwhal List, The Report On Business and more. Collectively, our alumni are helping to raise the profile of the Canadian tech ecosystem around the world.

Meet some of our alumni ventures:

Sampler

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Kira Talent

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Senso

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North

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Atomwise

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Bridgit

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Snap Travel

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inkbox

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#paid

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Access Now

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Ada

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SeemlessMD

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Validere

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Voiceflow

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OTI

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Blue J Legal

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Platterz

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Setter

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Chisel

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Intuitive

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Nymi

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Dessa

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Flash Food

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Eve Medical

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Stay tuned for a full venture directory!

Eve Medical offers convenient, discreet and simple sexual health testing from the comfort of home. In 2017 they launched Canada’s first at home HPV screening service and have been featured in CBC, Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and more.

 

Founders: Jessica Ching, Evan Moses

NEXT: Founders, 2014

Flashfood allows shoppers to receive major discounts on foods with lower shelf life, resulting in cost savings and reduced food waste. They’ve partnered with Loblaw Company and their program is available in 340+ grocery stores across Canada.

 

Founder: Josh Domingues

NEXT: Founders, 2018

Dessa works with enterprise teams to blueprint, build and deploy machine learning and deep-learning systems internally. Dessa deployed the first deep learning model for a Top 10 global bank and expanded to US market with an office in NYC.

 

Co-founder: Ragavan Thurairatnam

NEXT: 36, 2013

Nymi is leading the way on workplace wearables. They provide enterprise authentication for highly regulated industries that deliver data integrity and security to achieve compliance and productivity.

 

Founders: Karl Martin, Foteini Agrafioti

NEXT: Founders, 2013

Oscar by Intuitive is a smart garbage detection system that uses AI to nudge users to sort their waste in the correct bin. They are currently piloting in Vancouver International Airport and Tim Hortons HQ.

 

Founders: Hassan Murad, Vivek Vyas

NEXT: AI, 2017

Chisel helps commercial insurance brokers automate the mundane underwriting and brokering processes. They were listed as one of 50 tech companies to watch in Toronto and won the 2019 Zurich Innovation World Championship.

 

Founder: Ron Glozman

NEXT: 36, 2016

Setter is a home service that takes care of all your home maintenance and repairs. They have $2M USD in annual revenue, and were listed by Maclean's as one of 10 Canadian startups that could be billion-dollar breakouts in 2019.

 

Co-founder: Guillaume Laliberte

NEXT: 36, 2015

Platterz is an office catering platform curating food from top local restaurants and caterers. 1,200+ companies use Platterz including Shopify, Facebook, Cisco, Apple, LinkedIn, Uber and more.

 

Co-founder: Eran Henig

NEXT: 36, 2011

Blue J Legal leverages AI to help predict how courts resolve employment law issues. They have formed an exclusive partnership with Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of information for business.

 

Founder: Benjamin Alarie

NEXT: Founders, 2016

OTI Lumionics develops OLED technology for flexible lighting and displays. OTI received the inaugural Quest Climate Grant from Shell Canada, and was awarded $5.7M in support for OLED lighting development from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

Co-founder: Michael Helander
NEXT: Founders, 2015

Voiceflow visually designs, prototypes and publishes Alexa Skills without writing code. 10K+ designers and developers use the platform, including those from HP, Coca-Cola, CBC, MIT Media Lab and more.

 

Founders: Braden Ream-Neal, Andrew Lawrence, Michael Hood

NEXT: 36, 2018

Validere builds software and hardware solutions that improves visibility and trust in oil testing. With offices in Toronto and Calgary, Validere’s software measures and optimizes 1M+ barrels per day.

 

Co-founder: Ian Burgess

NEXT: Founders, 2016

SeamlessMD provides the leading patient engagement and care management platform. They were named one of Toronto Life’s 20 Most Brilliant Tech Innovators and have partnered with Sunnybrook Hospital, Saint Peter’s Hospital, Montreal Heart Institute, Sinai Health System and more.

 

Founders: Philip Chen, Willie Kwok, Joshua Liu

NEXT: 36, 2013

Ada Support developed a chatbot platform that makes AI accessible to non-technical support teams. To date, Ada has automated 30M+ conversations with clients including Telus, Air Asia, Scotts, Upwork and more.

 

Co-founder: Mike Murchison

NEXT: 36, 2012

Living with Muscular Dystrophy and seeing first-hand the obstacles public spaces often pose, Maayan Ziv founded AccessNow, an app that uses crowdsourcing to pin-point the accessibility status of locations worldwide.

Founder: Maayan Ziv
NEXT: 36, 2016

#paid is a platform that connects brands and social media influencers to deliver content and media designed to inspire consumer behaviour. Clients include Airbnb, Ikea, Sephora, Etsy, Coca-Cola and more.

 

Co-founder: Bryan Gold

NEXT: Founders, 2016

inkbox creates unique temporary tattoos that last 1-2 weeks. To date over half a million tattoos have been shipped worldwide and their product has appeared on TV shows like Stranger Things, Russian Doll and more.

 

Co-founder: Tyler Handley

NEXT: Founders, 2016

SnapTravel offers online hotel booking services over SMS, Facebook Messenger, and Slack. SnapTravel has a user base of 2M+ clients, $100M+ in sales, with notable investors including Stephen Curry.

 

Co-founder: Henry Shi

NEXT: 36, 2012

Bridgit makes construction less complicated by bringing modern solutions to the construction industry. In 2019 Bridgit was listed as Forbes 30 Under 30 and won the Startup Canada Women Entrepreneur Award.

 

Founders: Mallorie Brodie, Lauren Lake

NEXT: 36, 2013

Atomwise leverages AI for drug discovery, helping their partners deliver better medicines, faster. Atomwise has formed numerous strategic alliances, and have partnered with YC Partners to help fund more bio companies.

 

Co-founder: Abraham Heifets

NEXT: Founders, 2013

North is making revolutionary wearable technologies that will fundamentally change the way we interact with computers. North’s smart glasses, Focals, are sold in showrooms in Toronto and Brooklyn.

 

Co-founder: Stephen Lake

NEXT: 36, 2011

Senso leverages the power of AI to optimize portfolio profitability for financial institutions including RBC. Senso was listed as one of Forbes’ 25 Machine Learning Startups to Watch in 2019.

 

Founders: Saroop Bharwani, Nick Seelert

NEXT: AI, 2017

Kira Talent is a holistic admissions solution for higher education, making admissions faster and smarter. Their platform is used by schools worldwide including Johns Hopkins, Rotman, University of South Wales and more.

 

Founders: Emilie Cushman, Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski

NEXT: 36, 2012

Sampler helps the world’s most innovative consumer packaged good brands – including Clif Bar & Company, L’Oreal, Pepsi, Unilever and Kraft – get their product samples into the right hands.

 

Founder: Marie Chevrier

NEXT: Founders, 2015

Eve Medical offers convenient, discreet and simple sexual health testing from the comfort of home. In 2017 they launched Canada’s first at home HPV screening service and have been featured in CBC, Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and more.

 

Founders: Jessica Ching, Evan Moses

NEXT: Founders, 2014

Flashfood allows shoppers to receive major discounts on foods with lower shelf life, resulting in cost savings and reduced food waste. They’ve partnered with Loblaw Company and their program is available in 340+ grocery stores across Canada.

 

Founder: Josh Domingues

NEXT: Founders, 2018

Dessa works with enterprise teams to blueprint, build and deploy machine learning and deep-learning systems internally. Dessa deployed the first deep learning model for a Top 10 global bank and expanded to US market with an office in NYC.

 

Co-founder: Ragavan Thurairatnam

NEXT: 36, 2013

Nymi is leading the way on workplace wearables. They provide enterprise authentication for highly regulated industries that deliver data integrity and security to achieve compliance and productivity.

 

Founders: Karl Martin, Foteini Agrafioti

NEXT: Founders, 2013

Oscar by Intuitive is a smart garbage detection system that uses AI to nudge users to sort their waste in the correct bin. They are currently piloting in Vancouver International Airport and Tim Hortons HQ.

 

Founders: Hassan Murad, Vivek Vyas

NEXT: AI, 2017

Chisel helps commercial insurance brokers automate the mundane underwriting and brokering processes. They were listed as one of 50 tech companies to watch in Toronto and won the 2019 Zurich Innovation World Championship.

 

Founder: Ron Glozman

NEXT: 36, 2016

Setter is a home service that takes care of all your home maintenance and repairs. They have $2M USD in annual revenue, and were listed by Maclean's as one of 10 Canadian startups that could be billion-dollar breakouts in 2019.

 

Co-founder: Guillaume Laliberte

NEXT: 36, 2015

Platterz is an office catering platform curating food from top local restaurants and caterers. 1,200+ companies use Platterz including Shopify, Facebook, Cisco, Apple, LinkedIn, Uber and more.

 

Co-founder: Eran Henig

NEXT: 36, 2011

Blue J Legal leverages AI to help predict how courts resolve employment law issues. They have formed an exclusive partnership with Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of information for business.

 

Founder: Benjamin Alarie

NEXT: Founders, 2016

OTI Lumionics develops OLED technology for flexible lighting and displays. OTI received the inaugural Quest Climate Grant from Shell Canada, and was awarded $5.7M in support for OLED lighting development from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

Co-founder: Michael Helander
NEXT: Founders, 2015

Voiceflow visually designs, prototypes and publishes Alexa Skills without writing code. 10K+ designers and developers use the platform, including those from HP, Coca-Cola, CBC, MIT Media Lab and more.

 

Founders: Braden Ream-Neal, Andrew Lawrence, Michael Hood

NEXT: 36, 2018

Validere builds software and hardware solutions that improves visibility and trust in oil testing. With offices in Toronto and Calgary, Validere’s software measures and optimizes 1M+ barrels per day.

 

Co-founder: Ian Burgess

NEXT: Founders, 2016

SeamlessMD provides the leading patient engagement and care management platform. They were named one of Toronto Life’s 20 Most Brilliant Tech Innovators and have partnered with Sunnybrook Hospital, Saint Peter’s Hospital, Montreal Heart Institute, Sinai Health System and more.

 

Founders: Philip Chen, Willie Kwok, Joshua Liu

NEXT: 36, 2013

Ada Support developed a chatbot platform that makes AI accessible to non-technical support teams. To date, Ada has automated 30M+ conversations with clients including Telus, Air Asia, Scotts, Upwork and more.

 

Co-founder: Mike Murchison

NEXT: 36, 2012

Living with Muscular Dystrophy and seeing first-hand the obstacles public spaces often pose, Maayan Ziv founded AccessNow, an app that uses crowdsourcing to pin-point the accessibility status of locations worldwide.

Founder: Maayan Ziv
NEXT: 36, 2016

#paid is a platform that connects brands and social media influencers to deliver content and media designed to inspire consumer behaviour. Clients include Airbnb, Ikea, Sephora, Etsy, Coca-Cola and more.

 

Co-founder: Bryan Gold

NEXT: Founders, 2016

inkbox creates unique temporary tattoos that last 1-2 weeks. To date over half a million tattoos have been shipped worldwide and their product has appeared on TV shows like Stranger Things, Russian Doll and more.

 

Co-founder: Tyler Handley

NEXT: Founders, 2016

SnapTravel offers online hotel booking services over SMS, Facebook Messenger, and Slack. SnapTravel has a user base of 2M+ clients, $100M+ in sales, with notable investors including Stephen Curry.

 

Co-founder: Henry Shi

NEXT: 36, 2012

Bridgit makes construction less complicated by bringing modern solutions to the construction industry. In 2019 Bridgit was listed as Forbes 30 Under 30 and won the Startup Canada Women Entrepreneur Award.

 

Founders: Mallorie Brodie, Lauren Lake

NEXT: 36, 2013

Atomwise leverages AI for drug discovery, helping their partners deliver better medicines, faster. Atomwise has formed numerous strategic alliances, and have partnered with YC Partners to help fund more bio companies.

 

Co-founder: Abraham Heifets

NEXT: Founders, 2013

North is making revolutionary wearable technologies that will fundamentally change the way we interact with computers. North’s smart glasses, Focals, are sold in showrooms in Toronto and Brooklyn.

 

Co-founder: Stephen Lake

NEXT: 36, 2011

Senso leverages the power of AI to optimize portfolio profitability for financial institutions including RBC. Senso was listed as one of Forbes’ 25 Machine Learning Startups to Watch in 2019.

 

Founders: Saroop Bharwani, Nick Seelert

NEXT: AI, 2017

Kira Talent is a holistic admissions solution for higher education, making admissions faster and smarter. Their platform is used by schools worldwide including Johns Hopkins, Rotman, University of South Wales and more.

 

Founders: Emilie Cushman, Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski

NEXT: 36, 2012

Sampler helps the world’s most innovative consumer packaged good brands – including Clif Bar & Company, L’Oreal, Pepsi, Unilever and Kraft – get their product samples into the right hands.

 

Founder: Marie Chevrier

NEXT: Founders, 2015