NEXT Canada announces 22 companies selected for Next Founders 2018

NEXT Canada has announced the 22 companies accepted into the 2018 cohort of the Next Founders program.

Next Founders provides entrepreneurs with access to funding, education on how to scale their businesses, and access to a network of Canadian entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders. NEXT Canada said this year’s cohort was selected from a pool of nearly 200 applicants representing industries such as healthcare, fashion and retail, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, and urban agriculture.

“The growth of the Next Founders program shows that Canada’s innovation ecosystem is gaining strength fast,” said Sheldon Levy, CEO of NEXT Canada. “NEXT Canada is part of a network of leading organizations that support entrepreneurship, including Communitech, the DMZ, the Creative Destruction Lab, the Founder Institute, and Velocity, and our work is bearing fruit. By helping high-potential entrepreneurs scale their businesses quickly, the Next Founders program helps ensure Canada’s relevance and prosperity in the global innovation economy.”

The Next Founders 2018 cohort includes:

The announcement of the Next Founders 2018 cohort comes three months after NEXT Canada announced that it is joining the Montreal-based SCALE.AI AI-Powered Supply Chain Supercluster.

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.