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:
- Nomz Organic
- Healthy Pets
- Rockwell Razors
- Makeup for Melanin Girls
- Rockmass Technologies
- Iris Technologies
- Amina Health
- Will + Zack
- Vacation Fund
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.