Island student scientist learning entrepreneurship through Next 36 program

Jan 16, 2018

Charlottetown’s Andrew Cameron wants to set himself apart from other scientists by learning how to be an entrepreneur and launch his own startup company.

“In science, usually the path is to try to get the graduate degree and then get in with some good researchers and build your C.V. (curriculum vitae) that way. If you ever want to do the industry thing, you can kind of branch out at any time,” said Cameron, 21, who is participating in this year’s Next 36 program.

Cameron graduated from UPEI last year with a degree in physics, and is now attending the University of Waterloo working towards a PhD in physics.

The Next 36 program, launched in 2010, is offered by the Toronto-based non-profit organization NEXT Canada. The program provides participants with course instruction, mentorship and up to $80,000 in seed capital for their business venture.

“We’ve got over 300 of Canada’s top business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and mentors that they’ll get to work with and network with throughout the program as they build their company,” said Jon French, NEXT Canada’s director of marketing and communications.

“It’s got elements of an accelerator or an incubator program for startups.”

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