Tension Builds as Young Entrepreneurs Compete to Become the Next 36

What is entrepreneurship? That was the question asked to the 70 finalists when they arrived in Toronto for the National Selection Weekend.

Young aspiring entrepreneurs from across the country took turns at the question in Becoming the Next 36, Canada’s entrepreneurial leadership initiative and six-part biweekly webisode. From improving and innovating the way of life to self-growth, graduates introduce their perspective of what their future occupation means to them.

Michael Lee-Chin, Canadian magnate, investor and philanthropist, highlights the night with his keynote speech. Ranked number 701 in the most recent Forbes Billionaires List, Lee-Chin offers the competitors some guiding words and addresses the toxins impeding success.



After an inspiring night, the competitors wake up the next morning with the stakes raised as they try to convince the judges and evaluators of their worth in peer group activities, speed networking sessions and 1-on-1 interviews with Canada’s top entrepreneurs, business leaders and tech experts.

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“It’s an intense process,” said Cam McDonald, bachelor of commerce graduate from Dalhousie University, “and obviously we want to make it really bad, because the opportunity is so great.”

With guest lectures through out the course of the day keeping energy up, the finalists embrace the challenge and the high expectations of Becoming the Next 36 in the second episode. Now as the first leg finishes, the judges begin their deliberation and in the next part of the six-part webisode — elimination.