Design Your Own Future!

Start or scale your business in 3 weeks for free!


By helping guide the next generation of talent, the UpNext Durham program is designed to assist young adults in discovering their own purpose by delivering valuable experiences and providing support new entrepreneurs as a team or individual.

What Do You Get?



Increase in experience and employability (get higher on the applicant pile for the job you want)



Increase in exposure to potential employers (learn to manage your brand, stand out to employers)



Increase in essential interpersonal and networking skills.  Hugely important for life!



Increase in potential interview opportunities (get your face in front of the right people)



Increase in technical and digital marketing skills (new or advanced skills in digital and social media)



Support for employment or to start own business (employee or employer – help with either path)


Learn about the entrepreneurial mindset with Rory Sheehan

Networking skills the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade

Idea Validation with Open People Network and The Story Architect

Learn about operations from Russ Montague

Get in-depth on Personal Branding with Trainer Jane Warr

Pitch Sessions with Open People Network and Marlon Shaw

Introductions to Angel Investors

And soooo much more…

Real Connections, Real Experience

Apply now to be one of 50 young adults to receive free, unique, ‘hands-on’ training to design your own future.  After only 3 weeks, you will add skills, references and real world experience to your resume and take the necessary steps towards launching a business.  In addition, you will meet and collaborate with business and organization leaders from all over Durham Region.

To Qualify

You must be between the ages of 18 and 29 and a resident of Durham Region

You must be currently unemployed, under-employed (less than 20 hours per week) or wanting to start your own business

You must be able to commit to 3 weeks (18 days) from June 4th – June 27th 2018


You must be willing to provide feedback on the program for future improvements


UpNext will be predominately hosted in the upstairs lounge of Durham Region’s newest coworking office experience, G Centre located at 190 Harwood Avenue in Ajax. There will be various locations spread over the Region through the 18 day program where activities will be taking place.

Does this Sound Like You?

Registrations are currently being accepted for aspiring digital talent age 18-29, apply now as an individual or a team.