The Next 36 opens applications for 2017 cohort

Until October 18, The Next 36 is accepting applications for youth looking for mentorship and networking opportunities for their ventures.

“The Next 36 identifies some of Canada’s most promising students and recent grads who are entrepreneurial and driven,” said Janet Bannister, a mentor with The Next 36 and general partner with Real Ventures.”It gives them an opportunity to start and grow their business with guidance from an amazing network of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. I am thrilled to be a mentor to this impressive group and am confident they will make a significant contribution to the Canadian economy in the years to come.”

Every year, the program accepts 36 young people from across Canada to participate in the seven month-long program. The entrepreneurs build their business under mentorship and up to $50,000 in funding from investors. This year’s cohort begins on August 16.

“Many of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs start working on an idea while they are still at school.” said Peter Carrescia, Managing Director of The Next 36. “Others are looking to meet big thinkers from across the country to build something new, and our program provides all of them with the same world class founder development.”

Past notable graduates of the program include Nymi, Kira Talent, Bridgit, and Thalmic Labs.