Next 36 is a program that accelerates the growth of Canada’s most talented young entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, capital, and unparalleled founder development.
Each year, we choose 36 young Canadian innovators and challenge them to build a new business venture or iterate and scale an existing idea with enormous potential.
For eight months, these young entrepreneurs are mentored by successful Canadian entrepreneurs and business leaders, taught by some of the world’s top faculty, and seek funding from top investors to build their venture.
- The program is open to university and college students under 30 years old in their final two years of study or who have graduated within the past two years. We encourage applications from individuals who aspire to build globally significant businesses.
- If you already have a co-founder, you will have an opportunity to indicate this on your application. The program is for Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
- Applications are accepted from undergraduate students from any university or degree-granting institution, enrolled in any discipline.
- No discipline or university will receive special favour from the selection committee and applicants will be judged on the basis of merit, aptitude and potential as demonstrated through their application.
There is no tuition charged to participate in Next 36. Generous donations of the individuals and foundations supporting the program cover the $30,000 cost per student. Students will only be expected to cover their own travel to Toronto for the summer, and cover their summer living expenses including accommodations and food.
The Application Process
Next 36 is looking for students who have displayed “entrepreneurial initiative” in the past. What is meant by entrepreneurial initiative? We want you to show us that you have built something. Entrepreneurial initiative is shown when ideas are developed into results-oriented, operational outcomes. You may have done this by starting a company, a student club, a social enterprise or a non-profit organization. Entrepreneurial initiative is not necessarily driven by a profit motive, but by identifying an opportunity, by doing something better or differently, and building that idea into a productive team and organization.
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