Grow your own lifestyle

Want to land your dream job? We'll help you on your way


What is upNext?

upNext is a 3 week entrepreneurial and experiential development program that offers young adults (18-29) in Ajax, Durham Region, and beyond the opportunity to take a business from idea to launch or take their personal brand and resume to the next level. All within just 3 weeks. Its aim is to help participants take control of their own future and it’s 100% free.

The next program runs from October 26 through November 13, 2020. Registrations are now open.


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 and Digital Media Marketing

Cyber Security for Business

Personal Branding

Pitch and Presenting with 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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