Unleash Canada's NEXT Generation Of Game Changers, Disruptors, And Innovators.

By investing today in NEXT you help our most promising entrpreneurs dramatically scale their ambitions and rewrite Canada's place on the global stage.


Big Vision Fuels Big Impact

Eight years ago, NEXT Canada was founded with a vision to fuel national prosperity by unlocking the potential of our country’s most exceptional young innovators.

Then, as now, we know that to win globally, Canada needs to dramatically scale our innovation ecosystem – cultivating and investing in our most promising homegrown founders here, so that they can rise, and thrive on the global stage.

When Canada’s best and brightest innovators have access to training, mentorship and resources, they can harness their full capabilities and build our shared future.

Canada Has the Talent and Ambition to Win

In eight short years, more than 450 of Canada’s top students and early-stage entrepreneurs have experienced NEXT Canada’s transformative impact, through our signature programs — NEXT 36, Next Founders and NextAI.

Our alumni are:

Founders of industry-changing businesses, first employees at the world’s most exciting new technology companies and scientists conducting ground-breaking research.

They are the disruptors who are building ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges, from the increasing complexity of delivering healthcare, to climate change, to the issues facing an aging population.

Their early successes reinforce the need for NEXT’s unique model of entrepreneurship education, mentorship and venture funding.

$130 Million

Total direct economic impact to date, NEXT Canada ventures

$189 million

Total indirect economic value (revenue, employment)


Total employment created by NEXT Canada-related ventures

Source: 2017 Impact Study


Co-Founder Brizi

    Anna Hu

I feel ever so empowered -- as a young business leader, a female in technology, and as a mentor to others who feel held back by their fears. Your efforts will have a lasting, multiplying effect on the Canadian economy. Thank you for everything.

Co-founder, Sensassure

    Sameer Dhar

NEXT has transformed my life. It has been the best and most challenging experience of my life to-date - I am awfully grateful to everyone involved.


    Michael Cheng

The Next 36 has been the turning point in my life. The program has offered me an invaluable opportunity to start a truly scalable business.

Co-founder, 42

    Cathy Han

The Next 36 taught me what it truly means to be an entrepreneur…it taught me what it means to lead, to feel a sense to personal responsibility for the future prosperity of our nation. The only people who've taught me more in my life are my parents.

Co-Founder SmartHalo

    Xavier Peich

At NEXT Canada, I learned things that had an immediate impact on my venture. But the program really is intended as an investment in the future, to spawn the next generation of ​great ​Canadian entrepreneurs.

Co-Founder, CEO Atomwise

    Abraham Heifets

NEXT programs focus on founder development - exposing you to big thinkers, domain experts and an impressive circle of peers that will motivate you to increase your expectation of what is possible. It is exciting to see this proven model being applied to AI-enabled business ideas.

Founder AVO Solutions

    Ali Ogston

These last six months have been wildly challenging- I’ve been forced to learn faster, hustle harder and push my limits further than ever before- and to be honest, I’ve never been happier.

Bachelor of Commerce, University of British Columbia

    Sonia Sidhu

(NEXT) provides an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the growth of young entrepreneurs with access to an unparalleled network, resources, and guidance.

Co-Founder Deepnify

    Krista Caldwell

The Next 36 has taught me that change comes from looking at situations differently, has put me in tough positions where I've developed confidence to think big and follow through, and provided me with a network of powerful leaders to inspire and help direct me

Co-Founder & VP Innovation, Wilder & Harrier

    Paul Shenouda

The Next 36 has truly been transformative for me. The world-class courses, mentorship, and network has shifted my mindset and made me realize that we Canadians can compete with anyone in the world and aspire to greatness in business.

Now more than ever

Advances in technology are redefining traditional industries, posing the potential for massive disruption in the Canadian economy, and equally allowing us to reimagine what’s possible. There is a lot of work to do to ensure that Canada is ready to face the challenges ahead. That’s why NEXT programs remain critical to the future growth of the Canadian economy. And it’s why your investment in the NEXT generation of Canadian innovators is so vital.


An Investment with Meaningful Payoff

Under the leadership of visionary ecosystem builder Joe Canavan, CEO of NEXT Canada, we are poised to create a whole new level of impact. But we need your help to do it.

Your donation to NEXT Canada is an investment not just in our country’s best and brightest founders, but in our collective economic potential. It places you at the heart of Canadian innovation and a network of people who are driving the future of our economy, with these impacts to name just a few:

Continuous Evolution

Expanding opportunities for participants through improved program components, learning tools and technologies, globally-recognized faculty, networking events and mentorship experiences that respond to fast-changing market needs.


Ensuring this country’s most promising innovators can participate fully in NEXT Canada’s transformational programs, regardless of their financial circumstances, through bursaries offered to those with a demonstrated need.


Empowering broader outreach activities, so that NEXT Canada can be sure to reach the brightest students and young founders and ensure our cohorts reflect Canada’s range of geographic, socioeconomic, gender and cultural diversity without barriers.




    Nadir Mohamed

I look at the participants in NEXT programs and it’s a reflection of the new Canada. To me, there’s nothing more exciting than a chance to be a part of it.

Chairman, ScaleUp Ventures; Former President & CEO, Rogers Communications

    Som Seif

Lots of people say entrepreneurship is not vibrant in Canada, and I disagree entirely. It’s as vibrant as ever, but it needs proper forums such as NEXT Canada and access to long-term capital to truly flourish.

Founder and CEO, Purpose Investments

    Jon & Nancy Love

NEXT Canada is investing in tomorrow’s leaders like no other organization in this country. Developing the next generation of entrepreneurs is vital to our nation’s prosperity – the tools, education, and resources that NEXT Canada provides them is a crucial step in preparing them for success.

    Lee Lau

If I’d been lucky enough to be part of The Next 36, I wouldn’t have founded ATI Technologies, I would have founded Microsoft.

Founder, ATI Technologies

    Trent Henry

At Ernst & Young, we’re big believers in the power of entrepreneurship and innovation. That’s why we’re so pleased to support NEXT Canada in their quest to strengthen Canada’s next generation of innovators.

Chairman, Ernst & Young

    John Albright

NEXT Canada is the best organization in the country for future entrepreneurs.

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Relay Ventures.

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