SFU Partners with The Next 36


SFU Partners with The Next 36

By: Elizabeth Moffat
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SFU has signed on as an academic partner with The Next 36, and will be hosting an announcement event on Thursday, February 7th from 2:30 – 4:00 in the SFU Theatre on Burnaby campus. The event is open to students from all faculties, but please register in advance at beediecommunity.sfu.ca/Next36BBY.htm

Speakers include:

Andrew Petter, SFU President and Vice Chancellor

Andrew Petter joined SFU following a life-long commitment to education; serving as an MLA in British Columbia, and holding numerous cabinet portfolios including Advanced Education and Attorney General.


Claudis Hepburn

Claudia Hepburn, The Next 36 Executive Director and Co-Founder

Claudia Hepburn is a social entrepreneur and was named one of Canada’s Ten Most Inspiring Women of 2006 and one of the Top 25 Canadian Women of 2008.


Michael ChengMichael Cheng, SFU Design, Media Arts, and Interactive Technology, 2013 Cohort

Micheal Cheng has founded over 10 profitable business venture across numerous industries in addition to starting the TEDxSFU. He has recently been named as one of the Top 25 Under 25, Student Entrepreneur of the Year and as a recipient of the Business Excellence Award.

Terry BeechTerry Beech, Hiretheworld.com CEO

Terry Beech is the CEO of Hiretheworld.com, an Oxford University funded venture which operates in over 150 countries and was the 2010 winner of the New Ventures BC competition. He is also a Director of both Lift Philanthropy Partners and Twinbro Local Leaders.



Are You One Of The Next 36?

The goal of The Next 36 is to increase Canadian prosperity by developing Canada’s next generation of high impact entrepreneurs. Each year The Next 36 selects 36 promising upper-year undergraduate students and recent grads from across the country to recognize and reward them for their entrepreneurial spirit. Selected students will work together in venture groups of thee to develop a new product or service focused on the mobile or tablet environment. Each program lasts for 8 months, during which time teams will attend classes and work on their venture project, while supported by their mentors and significant capital investments. 2013 mentors include Charles Benaiah, Andrew Black, John Poulos, Sarah Prevette and many more prominent Canadian professionals.

Students are provided with up to $80,000 in seed capital, mentorship from Canada’s top business leaders, and world class academic instruction to start them on their journey to become the nation’s next generation of high impact entrepreneurs. The program is spearheaded by a group of 50 high-profile business leaders, entrepreneurs and academics. For more information visit Thenext36.ca

Posted on January 18, 2013