The Next Big Thing Seeks 15 Startups

The Next Big Thing, a charitable organization designed to empower young entrepreneurs from age 17-25, is accepting applications starting May 2 to fill 15 limited spots for its 2016 cohort.

TNBT was founded by serial entrepreneurs Ryan Holmes and Meredith Powell in 2013.

“With the support of Canada’s leadership community, TNBT has been able to nurture and propel a crop of Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite. “Our goal is to significantly contribute to the country’s innovation ecosystem and we’re doing this by sourcing and supporting the most interesting ventures across Canada.”

Since launching, TNBT has helped fuel 22 youth ventures including SPARE, Basecamp Card Co., ShareShed and Festfeed.

“One of the most powerful things about The Next Big Thing is the robust network of individuals that are part of the program,” said Sarah Main, founder of Reach and 2015 TNBT Fellow. “The peer network of young individuals going through similar challenges and building scalable businesses is incredibly motivating and supportive.”

The entrepreneurs selected to join the 2016 cohort will relocate to Vancouver and complete an eight-month intensive program at the Hootsuite headquarters. Beyond access to education resources such as, lean entrepreneur curriculum, business and personalized coaching, the Fellows will be integrated into a network of investors and founders.