The Next 36 is taking its act to the MaRS Discovery District on Tuesday for its latest Venture Day.
The day marks the end of the program that takes in 36 high-potential Canadian university-aged youth for eight months, plotting them in groups of three to four and providing their ventures with seed capital.
Venture Day will feature 11 new technology companies developed by these students and another 13 pitches from ventures in The Next Founders – a second program for entrepreneurs with tech companies who already have significant traction. They will present to a room filled with investors, mentors and members of the business community with hundreds more watching live online.
Supported by more than 300 Canadian business leaders – including W. Galen Weston, Paul Desmarais Sr. and Jim Pattison – The Next 36 said it aims to “transform the country’s most promising undergraduates into high-impact entrepreneurs and nation builders.”
The event will also feature a keynote address by Anthony Lacavera, CEO of Globalive Holdings and Wind Mobile.
The Reza Satchu prize, named after one of the program’s four founders, will also be given out to the highest-performing cohort member.
Here’s the ventures that will be pitching at the day:
Blynk is your digital personal stylist in your pocket. An average personal stylist costs over $100/hour; Blynk replicates this value for free, anytime and anywhere. Blynk’s vision is to provide free and accessible fashion advice to everyone through a simple, fun, and addicting platform.
GridCure brings big data to the power utility space, and conducted a pilot on the most advanced smart-grid in North America with utility partner EPB’s 175,000 smart meters in Tennessee.
FIXO streamlines communication between property managers, on-site staff, and tenants. Their mobile solution enables managers to save time, so they can deliver better customer service. This leads to higher tenant satisfaction, retention, and increased revenues.
Eve Medical is dedicated to improving women’s health. Their product HerSwab enables women to self-collect samples to test for the infections that cause cervical cancer and infertility – increasing participation and reducing disease.
OTI Lumionics is developing energy efficient organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), a new type of light source that is thin, light and flexible. We offer two improved direct drop-in replacement manufacturing technologies, HaloTorrTM and ElektroTorrTM, which together can reduce the manufacturing cost of OLEDs by up to 90 percent.