The Next 36 Announces Mentors for 2014 Cohort

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Toronto’s The Next 36 program has named its group of mentors for its 2014 cohort.

Each year, 36 promising undergraduates and recent grads from across Canada are selected from a variety of academic disciplines through a rigorous national selection process. The young entrepreneurs form interdisciplinary teams of three and are challenged to build a technology business for the mobile or tablet market.  For nine months they are provided mentorship from some of Canada’s top business leaders, up to $95,000 in seed capital from leading venture capitalists, a comprehensive offering of in-kind resources, and academic instruction from some of the world’s most renowned faculty.

The program changes the way young entrepreneurs define and tackle problems, pushes them out of their comfort zones and fundamentally alters their self-perception and goals. It was founded by a small group of entrepreneurs, business leaders and academics in response to Canada’s need for more high-impact entrepreneurs.

Just six of the 20 mentors this year are women.

The 2014 mentors for the program are:

Bram Belzberg, CEO, KEV Group
Charles Benaiah, CEO, The 1dea Group
Michelle Caers, founder and partner, tailoredUX
Randy Cass, founder, Orchard Asset Management
Chris Erickson, Tech Entrepreneur and Professional Executive
Gordon Forsythe, cofounder, Compass Capital
Paul Gilbert, CEO, Quanser
Jonathan Graff, cofounder and CEO, Enthrive Inc.
Catherine Graham, CEO and president, commonsku; RIGHTSLEEVE
Dean Hopkins, CEO, Osprey Labs Inc.
Joyce Janczyn, partner and COO, Fixmo Inc.
Satish Kanwar, director of operations, Toronto, Shopify
Bryan Kerdman, managing partner, Impression Ventures
Elaine Kunda, Independent Consultant
Jason Martin, president and CEO, Iotum
Andrea Matheson, CEO, Sapphire Digital Health
LP Maurice, CEO and cofounder, Busbud
Brian Miller, partner, Rhodes Management Consulting
William Mougayar, founder, Startup Management
Ryan Poissant, senior advisor, MaRS Discovery District
Sarah Prevette, founder, Sprouter.com
Brad Ross, angel investor & new venture coach
Mark Ruddock, CEO, Wonga Canada
Neil Spivack, founder and president, Direct Sales Force Inc.