Grow your own lifestyle

Have an idea for a business? We'll help you launch it in 3 weeks


What is upNext?

upNext is a three-week entrepreneurial development program that offers young adults (18-29) in Durham Region the opportunity to take a business from idea to launch in 3 weeks and get real-world experience along the way. Its aim is to help participants take control of designing their own future. And it’s 100% free.

The next program runs from June 4 through June 27, 2018. Registrations are now open for teams and individuals.


Are you ready for upNext?

What to Expect

Gain Experience

We connect aspiring digital talent with businesses that require assistance with their online presence to provide real world experience.


Get introduced to the business world of Durham Region and shake hands with the individuals that will help push your career in the right direction.

Industry Leaders

The upNext program is delivered by Durham Region heavy-weights in digital marketing, sales, finance, investments, communications, and public relations.

High Octane

Delivered in a three week period (June 4 – June 27), upNext is designed to get you in the digital game quickly and it packs a serious punch.

Passion in Mind

Created with the belief that with the right support and opportunities Durham Region can spur the next generation of best-in-class digital talent.

No Cost

Funded by our generous sponsors and fuelled by the champions of change, upNext provides a high level crash course in digital marketing at no cost.

Sessions Include…

Entrepreneurship 101 with Rory Sheehan

Networking 101 with the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade

Idea Validation with Open People Network and The Story Architect

Operations 101 with Russ Montague

Personal Branding with Trainer Jane Warr

Pitch Sessions with Open People Network and Marlon Shaw

And soooo much more…

I have successfully been hired at the University of Toronto Press and I want to thank you for helping me start my career. I give huge credit to upNext for helping to achieve this goal. Employers are definitely interested in talent coming out of the program and are impressed with what is accomplished.


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