The Next 36 selects 2013 cohort from record-breaking pool of young entrepreneurs

The Next 36 selects 2013 cohort from record-breaking pool of young 
TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - The Next 36 - a ground breaking initiative to 
transform the country's most promising undergraduates into Canada's top 
entrepreneurs - has chosen its 2013 cohort. Selecting only 36 young 
innovators was made difficult by record applications from the country's best 
students - more than double last year. 
The successful candidates were chosen from a group of 70 finalists 
representing 19 universities, who had flown from across Canada and from as far 
away as Singapore to compete for a spot in the program's National Selection 
Weekend in Toronto. In addition to a rigorous selection process, finalists 
heard from iconic Canadian business leaders and entrepreneurs such as Michael 
Lee-Chin, founder & chairman of Portland Holdings Inc. and Jordan Banks, 
managing director of Facebook Canada. 
"Canada's top students apparently have a huge appetite for challenge and 
discomfort," says Claudia Hepburn, executive director and co-founder of The 
Next 36. "They are hungry for mentorship from great entrepreneurs and 
ambitious in their goals for innovation and impact. This intensely challenging 
weekend has laid the foundation for eight months of transformative growth." 
Championed by founding patrons W. Galen Weston, Paul Desmarais Sr., Jimmy 
Pattison and a long list of prominent Canadian business leaders, The Next 36 
is being described in the media as "the most intense, hot-house effort to 
force grow entrepreneurs ever attempted in Canada". It has partnerships with 
Ernst & Young, Rogers Communications, MaRS Discovery District, TD Bank Group 
and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. 
Canadian students from 51 universities applied to the program and the selected 
candidates represent 15 schools. The Next 36 is open to students from all 
academic backgrounds, and this year's candidates come from disciplines 
including, commerce, engineering, health sciences, 3-D animation and 
interactive arts & technology. The group includes social and serial 
entrepreneurs, academic award winners, campus leaders, accomplished artists, 
scientists, engineers, and a former National Ballet dancer. 
Reflecting on his experience, Sepand Norouzi, a software engineering student 
from McGill University said: "This was the most challenging and 
transformational weekend of my life. I am so humbled to be working with such 
an impressive peer group, and champions of the Canadian start-up community 
such as Reza Satchu, Sarah Prevette and John Albright. I am excited to build 
something big for Canada and deliver on the potential that me and my fellow 
entrepreneurs possess. 
The 2013 cohort of The Next 36 includes students from: 
Bishop's University 
Dalhousie University 
McGill University 
Memorial University 
Queen's University 
Simon Fraser University 
The University of Western Ontario 
University of Alberta 
University of British Columbia 
University of Calgary 
Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi 
University of Toronto 
University of Waterloo 
University of Windsor 
York University 
About The Next 36 
The goal of The Next 36 is to increase Canadian prosperity by developing 
Canada's next generation of high impact entrepreneurs. Started by 
entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, The Next 36 provides a series of life 
changing experiences and relationships to young Canadians with the potential 
to build and lead great organizations. Each year, thirty-six promising 
undergraduates are selected from a variety of academic disciplines, and from 
across Canada, through a rigorous national selection process. The young 
entrepreneurs build a business in the mobile or tablet space together in teams 
of three. For eight months they are provided mentorship from some of 
Canada's top business leaders, up to $80,000 cash from top venture 
capitalists, a comprehensive offering of in-kind resources and academic 
instruction from some of the world's top faculty. 
For more information, please visit: 
Jon French Director of Marketing & Events, The Next 36 
SOURCE: The Next 36 
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