NEXT Canada Launches Search for the Country's Top Startup Founders

Feb 05, 2018

Today NEXT Canada, a national non-profit delivering programs to accelerate the growth of high-potential innovators, announced that it has opened applications for the 2018 Next Founders program, which will welcome up to 20 founders of high-growth ventures beginning in May 2018. Building on a proven founder development model, Next Founders provides a select group of entrepreneurs with tailored education, access to funding and a network of influential Canadian entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders that will enable them to further scale their businesses. Eligible companies will also have access to $30,000 of non-dilutive funding.

Since launching in 2010, NEXT Canada ventures have created over 1,300 jobs in Canada. Next Founders alumni ventures include Nymi, which has raised more than $32 million for its biometric wristband that authenticates the wearer using their heartbeat; inkbox, whose semi-permanent tattoos have inked customers in 154 countries; Blue J Legal, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help lawyers predict the outcome of lawsuits; and Sampler, a SaaS platform to help marketers manage online promotions.

"Next Founders seeks out the country's most  talented entrepreneurs and helps them build upon their initial successes," said Sheldon Levy, CEO of NEXT Canada. "Next Founders helps them take their ventures to a new level by providing them with the tools they need to grow, and with the confidence that they can scale their company here in Canada."

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