Two York University students are among the 38 young innovators selected for the 2016 cohort of The Next 36 – Canada’s premiere program for the nation’s most promising entrepreneurs.
Linar Ismagilov, a second-year mechanical engineering student, and Zack Fisch, an MBA/JD student, were selected as finalists from more than 1,100 applicants to the program.
Ismagilov has a passion for engineering and a motivation for entrepreneurship. He’s been leading hardware at a marketing-focused creative technology startup and has a keen interest in robotics. His vision is to create an open community for applying technology to improve all aspects of our lives.
Fisch is a two-time startup founder and is a current MBA/JD student specializing in information technology. His past experiences bring together his love of software development, product management and data-driven decision making.
The successful group of 38 was selected after a gruelling national selection weekend of intense interviews and workshops led by successful Canadian entrepreneurs, including Bruce Croxon, Dan Debow, Katherine Hague and Razor Suleman.
The Next 36 provides world-class academic instruction and founder development, business mentorship and venture building to the country's most promising entrepreneurs. The program is supported by more than 300 business leaders across Canada – including founding patrons W. Galen Weston, Jimmy Pattison and the late Paul Desmarais Sr.
“Each year the finalist pool seems to gets stronger,” says Peter Carrescia, managing director of The Next 36. “For our 2016 cohort, we sought applications from individuals who were already working on ideas, and the response from the startup community blew us away. We now allow all 38 of our successful finalists to choose their own co-founders, and this additional flexibility has helped us attract more applicants with an existing track record of entrepreneurship than ever before.”
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