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At NEXT Canada, we believe that harnessing the potential of big thinking Canadians is key to increasing national prosperity and succeeding on a global stage. We provide our most promising innovators and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to create impact.  Mentorship. Founder Development. Capital. Incredible Network.

See an overview of all NEXT Canada programs here.

NEXT Canada alumni and supporters predict What's Now, What's NEXT. Click here to see predictions of what the next 150 years of innovation will look like. 

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For entrepreneurs and innovators who are creating tomorrow by building AI-enabled businesses.

For builders, innovators and game changers looking to create big impact.

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Revlo is building a better way for eSports streamers to deeply connect, engage and monetize their fan base. Revlo allows streamers to identify and reward their loyal fans.

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Julie Topp

Adam Hueniken

James Sun

Sensassure’s diaper sensor solution for incontinent seniors tracks if they’ve soiled themselves and instantaneously alerts nursing staff when changes are required. Sensassure helps restore dignity to those who suffer from incontinence by automating existing manual care processes, leading to timely changes that prevent skin infections from developing.

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Sameer Dhar

Bridgit is bringing the flexibility of mobile devices to construction sites. Bridgit will eliminate many of the costly delays that result from miscommunication on site, by improving communication between contractors through trackable and tagged multimedia messages.

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Lauren Lake

Mallorie Brodie

SeamlessMD provides a cloud-based, patient engagement solution for guiding patients through surgery. Available on smartphones, tablets and computers, patients are supported through preparation and recovery with timely reminders, checklists, interactive care plans and self-management tools. Patient generated data is transformed into clinical intelligence for healthcare providers to improve the patient experience, drive better outcomes and lower costs. The company serves surgery...

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Joshua Liu

Philip Chen

Willie Kwok

paid is the world's leading influencer collaboration and marketing platform. #paid connects brands like Airbnb, Audi, and Corona with popular content creators on social media to run authentic, honest, and engaging collaborations. Our automated marketplace allows marketers to find influencers, collaborate easily, approve content, and track analytics.

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Bryan Gold

Co-founder, Revlo

    Featured Entrepreneur James Sun

Named as one of Canada's top 20 under 20, James has co-founded non-profit organizations that have helped raise over $1,000,000, pitched investment opportunities on behalf of the Canadian government to Global 1000 CEOs, and was a True Ventures Fellow who worked at Kiip in app partnerships. During his fellowship at TNBT, a program cofounded by Ryan ...

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Co-founder, Revlo

    Featured Entrepreneur Julie Topp

Julie studied at OCAD University, receiving a Bachelor of Design, specialized in industrial and graphic design. Her passion for creating great products has led her to join the continuing studies department as teacher and mentor for her peers, and fellowship at MyPlanet, where she conducted stakeholder interviews, user research, observation, and sto ...

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Co-founder, JourneyCX

    Featured Entrepreneur Chenny Xia

Chenny is an UX strategist with a focus in human-computer interaction. She was the category winner for mobile design at the Canadian Regional Design Awards ('14). Other project mentions include the CEA Innovation Award ('12), and being a finalist in the CNET Best of CES Awards ('13).  At her digital agency, Pixelbot (, they notic ...

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Co-founder, Sensassure

    Featured Entrepreneur Sameer Dhar

Sameer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sensassure, a company transforming incontinence management through sensor-based technology. Sameer was named as one of Canada’s 2011 Top 20 Under 20, and one of Edmonton’s 2013 Top 40 Under 40 young leaders for co-founding GEOMEER, a nationally registered charitable organization that has raised over $1,000,000 to ...

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    Featured Entrepreneur Michael Cheng

Michael Cheng has been named Top 25 Under 25 and Student Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as a recipient of the Business Excellence Award. He has founded over 10 profitable business ventures across a number of industries, working with high profile clients including Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Stanley, and more. Michael also started TEDxSFU, an in ...

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Co-founder, 42

    Featured Entrepreneur Cathy Han

Cathy Han is a fourth year finance student at the Sauder School of Business, UBC. Last year, Cathy had the pleasure of serving as President of Enterprize Canada, Western Canada’s largest student-organized conference and business plan competition dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs. Cathy has a passion for contributing to growing people and com ...

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Co-founder, Thalmic Labs

    Featured Entrepreneur Stephen Lake

Stephen's interest in entrepreneurship began at an early age: He started his first company at the age of 13. In 2007 Stephen was awarded a Canada´s Top 20 Under 20 award, and Loran Scholarship from the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, as he began studying Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. In three years since starting at ...

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OTI Lumionics

    Featured Entrepreneur Michael Helander

Michael received a B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Science and Ph.D. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has published 104 peer reviewed publications, 8 patents and 2 book chapters. He is a Visiting Scientist at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada and is a Governor General Gold Medal winner, Vanier Canada ...

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Meet The Network

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Ben Zifkin

Founder and CEO, Hubba

Rebecca MacDonald

Founder and Executive Chair, Just Energy Group

Satish Kanwar

Director of Operations, Shopify Toronto

Janet Bannister

General Partner, Real Ventures

Kirk Simpson

Co-Founder and CEO, Wave

Nicole LeBlanc

Associate Director, BDC Capital

LP Maurice

CEO and Co-Founder, Busbud

Christian Catalini

Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, Sloan School of Management

Peter Carrescia

SVP Strategy and Corporate Development, Wave

Andrea Matheson

Interim President, NEXT Canada

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Next Canada is made possible through the support of incredible partners, donors and over 300 individual business leaders.

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Our entrepreneurs and ventures receive dedicated mentorship from some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs and investors.

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Dozens of business professionals are available to provide domain expertise on any challenge your venture might be facing.

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Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

The 55th annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) will take place in Vancouver, Canada. ACL 2017 will be held at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in downtown Vancouver from...

EMNLP: Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

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SingularityU Canada Summit

SingularityU Canada Summit is the premier launch event of a new movement in Canada seeking to bring together the leading Canadian and International thought leaders to inspire Canadians to shape the...

CIX Summit 2017

CIX is a 'must attend' technology innovation destination where investors, innovative companies, entrepreneurs and facilitators converge to drive economic growth and accelerate the development and...

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