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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.

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  • 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:

    • Strong geographic and sectoral clusters (e.g. IT, aerospace, automotive, biomedical, digital media, agrifood)
    • One of the soundest banking systems in the world
    • Diverse, confident, creative, entrepreneurial people
    • Low statutory and marginal effective tax rates for businesses

    Sector Advantages
    Vibrant industry clusters across Canada help companies thrive. See the advantages by sector.

Winner Takeaways

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.

Past Winners

Mr. Aditya Jha

Serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Chairman,
POA Educational Foundation


Aditya Jha Entrepreneur India Award

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.

Winner 2017

Cyclops MedTech Pvt. Ltd. has developed clinical and wearable diagnostic and rehabilitation products for neuro vestibular disorders using eye tracking technology. www.cyclopsmedtech.com


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