Last week the University of Toronto announced the launch of a national program that aims to transform Canada’s most promising undergraduates into high impact entrepreneurs.
The Next 36 takes aim at Canada’s prosperity challenge by focusing resources on a small number of exceptionally talented students. The goal is to give them the tools to be among our country’s next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and nation builders.
The Next 36 is based on the top ranked University of Toronto course created and taught for the past six years by serial entrepreneur Reza Satchu. Satchu has been referred to by the Globe and Mail as Toronto’s answer to Donald Trump, only with way better hair. The Next 36 expands the key elements of Satchu’s course into a unique series of life-changing relationships and experiences.
The program has two parts. The first is an eight-month, mobile application development challenge in which nine, four-person teams each receive $50K of support, guidance from industry mentors, and project leadership from Globalive’s Anthony Lacavera. The second part is a four-month summer residency at Massey College during which students study with internationally acclaimed faculty and prominent Canadian business leaders, while continuing to work on their app projects.
With the introduction of The Next 36 the “grooming tomorrow’s tech leaders” space is getting crowded. The University of Waterloo led the way with their successful Velocity program and other universities have taken note.
The application deadline for the first cohort is October 17th. Undergraduates from all faculties at universities across the country are encouraged to apply. Further information on the program, including application information, is available online at www.thenext36.ca.