Oh Canada

June 2021  |  Edition 05


Recently, it feels like there’s a new headline every week that showcases how the Canadian tech industry is thriving. With a record-breaking number of Canadian ventures announcing IPOs this year, an influx of VC funding, and global tech companies building new headquarters in Canada; there’s no denying that Canada’s time to shine is now.


This pan-Canadian edition of GRIT takes you from coast to coast, sharing stories from some of our alumni who are changing the landscape of the Canadian economy through their work in industries including mining, autonomous trucking, agriculture, and beyond.

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The Digitization Shock

February 2021  |  Edition 04


Without a doubt, COVID-19 has disrupted our world as we know it. For this edition of GRIT, we’re exploring how the pandemic has driven a rapid migration to digital technologies and what that means for Canadian entrepreneurship.


Shifting consumer behaviours, unpredictable demand and a huge spike in remote working have accelerated digital adoption and innovation at an unprecedented rate. We take a deep-dive into three distinct behavioural changes —how we save, learn and work — and the approaches taken by entrepreneurs and business leaders alike to adapt.

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#theNEXTclass: Class Of 2020

October 2020  |  Edition 03


Over the last 6 months in the midst of a pandemic, a lot of economic uncertainty, and a global movement for much needed social change our 80+ entrepreneurs kept going, kept building, kept fighting for change. And despite a rapid move to virtual program delivery, our class of 2020 is resoundingly one of our strongest yet, maintaining momentum behind solutions that will help us accelerate our road to recovery. 


So, this issue is dedicated to celebrating the ever-resilient class of 2020. We take a look into the ventures being built by our most promising leaders; we chat with founders who are shooting for the moon with solutions to global challenges; we get technical with some of our founders who are using tech to make a positive impact on society or the world; and we talk to friends and colleagues, turned co-founders. All that, and more!


#NEXT10: Built with Purpose

May 2020  |  Edition 02


There’s no better time than now to celebrate the good. Luckily for us, our NEXT alumni make that easy to do. Everyday, their ambitions, resilience and ingenuity power the solutions that make our world a better place to be a part of, all while contributing to a better Canadian economy.


This edition of GRIT features ten of our alumni who are redefining what it means to be a social impact venture and paving the way for more purpose-driven entrepreneurs. Plus, some bonus content from our community who continues to persevere (and even thrive) amidst great uncertainty. 

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Introducing GRIT: A NEXT Canada Publication

February 2020  |  Edition 01


The year 2020 just so happens to coincide with the tenth anniversary of NEXT Canada. That’s an entire decade of ambitious, awe-inspiring and passionate entrepreneurs. With all of the accomplishments of the last decade, it’s time we look to the next 10 and not only celebrate our entrepreneurs, but shine a light on the work still to be done – the problems that need solving and the opportunities to stimulate even more growth.


With GRIT, it’s our goal to share stories of inspiration, learning, failure and success. To inspire even more Canadians to build their own businesses or help support our budding startup ecosystem.

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