In 2018, 37% of NEXT ventures were led by female founders and in the same year there was a 181% growth rate in applications from female founders in the NextAI program! As an inclusive, non-profit accelerator, NEXT Canada is committed to continuously supporting and celebrating female entrepreneurs with all types of backgrounds. Just last week, we celebrated International Women’s Day by sharing some of the best advice and stories from our female alumni. From tips for new female founders to funny stories about our alumni’s experiences, we are excited to share the highlights and some more fresh stories from our talented and creative network.
Some Great Advice for Future Female Entrepreneurs
“If you’re a woman looking to start her own venture my advice would be to be fearless and build relationships. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the risks I took and everyone that helped me and continues to help me along the way.” — Veronica Malinski, Co-founder of Aerialytic, NextAI 2018
“Start by getting involved in the startup ecosystem — go to events, meet people, build relationships and ask questions. Combine that with business plan development; I’d recommend chatting with potential customers. Finally, there are a ton of funding opportunities in the city. Pitch competitions and grants are great way to fund your business while getting started!” — Emma Harris, Founder of Healthy Pets, Next Founders 2018
“Don’t beat yourself up if it takes longer for you to find the right idea or the right customer. Feel proud to be your own boss. Work at each thing a little bit each day and keep track of your progress with a spreadsheet. Look back on your spreadsheet to find motivation to continue. Find like minded friends who respect how hard you’re going to have to work. Tell everyone about your idea. You’ll never know who can be a help later on. Keep in touch with your colleagues that are entrepreneurs — they make you work smarter”. — Visha Vijayanand, Co-founder of Poche Posh, Next 36 2018
“As an entrepreneur there’s so many times where you fall on your face and you feel like you hit rock bottom, but it’s so important to know that everyone around you wants to see you come back up.” — Emilie Cushman, Co-founder of Kira Talent, Next 36 2012
“Make sure you understand WHY you are doing this and only bring on talented people who are also driven by the same values; so that when the going gets tough, which it always will, you will all rally together as a team to overcome the obstacles.” — Jane Wang, Co-founder of Optimity, Next Founders 2015
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Why Join an Accelerator Network Like the One NEXT Provides?
“In just 8 months, NEXT Canada equipped me with the confidence, resources and mentors needed to build my very own impactful business. I learned to be fearless when it came to my big vision from the very first day, and received guidance on scaling my business from some of the most inspirational business leaders in the world” — Nuha Siddiqui, Founder of EcoPackers, Next 36 2018
Our Inspiring Female Alumni in the News!
- Next 36'ers — Janelle Hinds, Founder of Helping Hands App; Maayan Ziv, Founder of AccessNow; Alyssa Atkins, Founder of CareGuide; and Jacqueline Cook CSO of Vendasta — featured as 80 women and non-binary people in Canadian tech worth following
- Eve Medical, Co-founded by Next Founder Jessica Ching, selected by the SheEO Network for funding
- Bon Temps, Co-founded by Next 36'er Ali Ogston, listed as a feminist brand thats giving back
- Stathletes, Co-founded by Next Founder Meghan Chayka, selected to be one of 10 women-led Canadian tech companies in Lazaridis Institute’s ScaleUp Program
- Mallorie Brodie, Next 36'er and Co-founder of Bridgit listed as one of 23 Canadian women currently making big moves in the tech scene
- Maayan Ziv, Next 36'er and Founder of AccessNow listed as one of 5 Canadian women building apps for a better world
At NEXT, we are always committed to championing the strong female leaders that help make our community the vibrant one that it is. If you are a female founder or an aspiring entrepreneur with questions, please feel free to contact the NEXT team anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.