The Next BIG Idea Contest is a Gateway for Indian Startups to North America
The Next BIG Idea Contest seeks to discover India's 5 most innovative technology companies who are looking to leverage a soft-landing opportunity to expand to North America. The contest is a “Market Access Program”, whereby the winners get to incubate their company in Canada for a 2 week all expenses paid program. The visiting entrepreneurs receive mentorship, business development advice, customer connects, investor access and valuable international experience.
Why the Next BIG Idea Contest?
Most of the tech businesses today, look at a global reach and
expansion. However, it is difficult to achieve this without a
strong network, and finances. Also, it does not help if you are
an early stage technology startup from India, with a limited
customer base – no matter however great the product is. The
Next BIG Idea Contest provides an opportunity to tech startups
from India, to tap into the most tech-savvy economy i.e, North
America. While the US is always the big dream of several
entrepreneurs, it is difficult to get there. As, Canada presents an
easier gateway to the larger North American market. Being
multicultural at heart, Canada is open to businesses and
entrepreneurs. Also, the cost of doing business is much lower.
Abundant with talent, and having a strong pool of tech
companies and startup incubators in the eastern & western
Canada, the region provides a great support ecosystem for tech
startups to scale.
The Next BIG Idea Contest is a joint initiative of the Government of Ontario, Canada and Ryerson University, Toronto. The contest was conceptualized in 2013, with the objective of identifying promising tech startups from India, and showcasing them in Toronto; largely to provide a platform in North America for these startups, as well as to change the perception that India produces only IT services companies. While primary objective of Next BIG Idea is to help startups with global expansion, over the past 5 years, the program has evolved as a platform for startups to engage/work with different stakeholders - Governments, Corporates, Investors, Academia & other Startup ecosystem enablers.
Key Facts about Canada
Canada is your gateway to North America's massive consumer markets. Canada is a world leader in science, technology and innovation, and is recognized as one of the most innovative and competitive economies in the world. Canada’s advantages include:
Vibrant industry clusters across Canada help companies thrive. See the advantages by sector.
An all expenses paid 2-week market access program to 3 cities in Canada - Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary
Opportunity to explore Canada's startup & innovation ecosystem
The bespoke program comprises of soft-landing, meeting with sector experts, investor connects, business development opportunities, mentoring & networking.
Aditya Jha Entrepreneur India Award 2018
Winner will receive a Grant of INR 5 lakhs
The award recognizes and celebrates the country’s most exceptional entrepreneurs who have moved us all with their innovative & impactful ideas translated into technology driven businesses.
Mr. Aditya Jha
Serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Chairman,
POA Educational Foundation
NBI Contest 2018 Launch
12th July - 28th July
Roadshows in 20 cities
Mumbai - 29th June
Hyderabad - 12th July
Hubli - 12th July
Pune - 13th July
Goa - 13th July
Vizag - 13th July
Bangalore - 14th July
Nagpur - 14th July
Ahmedabad - 19th July
Bhubaneswar - 19th July
Indore - 20th July
Kolkata - 20th July
Jaipur - 21st July
Guawahati - 21st July
Chandigarh - 26th July
Chennai - 26th July
Varanasi - 27th July
Coimbatore - 27th July
Delhi - 28th July
Cochin - 28th July
Contact: +91 22 22722595
Visit us at: Zone Startups India - 18th Floor, BSE Building P.J.Towers,
Dalal Street Mumbai: 400 001