For growth stage founders looking to scale their business into a world class venture

SCALE YOUR BUSINESS AND YOUR MINDSET.

Next Founders accelerates the growth of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, access to capital, and unparalleled entrepreneurial education taught by world-class faculty.

 

You’re a busy founder, we get it. That’s why Next Founders is our most flexible program, offering à-la-carte education from some of North America’s top minds that you can opt-into based on your individual needs.

 

No equity, no strings, no brainer.

YOU’LL BE IN

GOOD COMPANY

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN

WORLD CLASS CURRICULUM

Relevant and flexible education, designed for you and your venture, delivered by top faculty and entrepreneurs.

A PHENOMENAL NETWORK

Tap into the NEXT network of investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs-in-residence, and a peer network of founders facing the same challenges as you.

EXCLUSIVE EVENTS

Gain opportunities to pitch to investors and network with top entrepreneurs and potential customers.

TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR AI VENTURES

“AI-enabled” Next Founders ventures will be considered for select NextAI technical programming.

CO-WORKING SPACE

Work out of NEXT’s 16,000 sq. ft. HQ in downtown Toronto.

IN-KIND PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Complementary products and services from our partners, including cloud hosting, legal support and more.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

As our most flexible program, Next Founders supplements your entrepreneurial education with à-la-carte classes and workshops from successful entrepreneurs, business leaders and world class faculty including:

STRATEGY AND
INNOVATION

AJAY AGRAWAL

Rotman School of
Management

DATA DRIVEN
DECISION MAKING

MARA LEDERMAN

Rotman School of
Management

ECONOMICS OF
ENTREPRENEURSHIP

REZA SATCHU

Alignvest Management
Corporation

FINDING PRODUCT
MARKET FIT

JANET BANNISTER

Real Ventures

BUSINESS GOVERNMENT AND
THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

MARC BUSCH

Georgetown University

STORYTELLING AND
PERFECTING YOUR PITCH

KARL MARTIN

Integrate.ai, Next Founders Alumnus

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WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR

NEXT FOUNDERS IS FOR CANADIAN FOUNDERS OF SCALABLE, HIGH-GROWTH VENTURES

The ideal applicant is building one of their first ventures, often has a STEM background with little formal business education, or are startup founders from top-tier accelerators, looking to complement their experience.

 

Ventures should have traction in the form of:

Funding

Significant revenue

Full-time employees

Other milestones that put you in a prime position to scale

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PROGRAM TIMELINE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Eligibility

I am not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Am I eligible?

Unfortunately not.

However, if you are in the process of applying for Permanent Resident status, we will accept a notarized statement to this effect. If you intend to provide a notarized statement, please contact us in advance of completing your application.

 

Can you help international applicants through the Canadian Start Up Visa Program?

No. Next Founders is only for Canadians citizens or founders with businesses already incorporated in Canada.

 

Can I do Next Founders if I am participating in another accelerator or incubator?

Generally yes, as long as you can commit to all required Next Founders programming. Next Founders is designed to be customizable, flexible and complementary to other accelerators and incubators.

 

Are there any investment or revenue thresholds for my venture in order to be eligible?

No. All applicants will be assessed based on the potential of the applicant and their venture. In previous years, many of the participants had raised a significant seed round, completed a crowdfunding campaign or were earning revenue.

Program costs and financing

What is the cost of the program?

There is no cost to participate in Next Founders. The program is delivered by NEXT Canada, a non-profit charity supported through the generosity of Canadian business leaders, entrepreneurs and government partners.

 

Are there funding opportunities for my venture?

Next Founders provides no direct funding. However, you will receive introductions, and have the opportunity to pitch to our extensive network of investors.

 

Do you take equity in my venture?

Nope! Next Founders takes no equity in your venture.

 

Is financial support available for founders travelling from a distance?

Financial support to assist with transportation to Toronto for classes are available for eligible founders travelling from outside Ontario. Financial need will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Contact us to learn more.

 

Do you provide workspace for my ventures?

Yes, you will have access to hot desk space at NEXT Canada’s HQ.

Program delivery

What is the time commitment?

The only mandatory programming is a Founder Immersion Block in mid-May which includes foundational courses, events and optional workshops, as well as 10 hours of additional classes over the course of the summer.

All other programming is available on an à-la-carte basis, meaning you only attend the content that makes sense for you and your venture. You’re encouraged to attend as much as you’re able to in order to get the most out of the program and network.

 

Can I complete any of the educational components remotely?

No. This program is not designed for remote participation. Direct contact with faculty, guest speakers and interaction with other participants is a key part of the program.

 

Do I apply as an individual or as a venture?

As an individual. We want your venture to succeed but our focus is on accelerating the entrepreneur. Multiple co-founders from the same venture may apply if they will benefit from the program and can add value. All applicants will be evaluated individually.