The Next 36 Launches ‘The Next Founders,’ an MBA for Entrepreneurs

The Next 36, a program for young entrepreneurs, is launching a new program called The Next Founders.

The Toronto-based organization says Next Founders is an executive education program designed for innovators with extensive involvement of business leaders, investors, and seasoned entrepreneurs—think of it, says the company, as an “MBA for entrepreneurs.”

Next Founders participants, the first cohort of which Next 36 is currently taking applications for, will receive up to 65 hours of masters-level education taught by professors from some of Canada’s most reputable universities, including the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia, as well as US institutions, such as Harvard and MIT.



Nine ventures piloted the program last year, according to Next 36, among them Bionym, a promising Canadian startup in the emerging wearable tech space. The company, founded by Rotman Creative Destruction Labs alumni, has already raised $1.4 million in seed funding.

Courses in the program include “From Ideation to Experimentation,” “Digital Market Strategy,” and “Entrepreneurial Finance.”

Applications are being accepted until March 11. The inaugural cohort begins the program on May 5.