Next BIG Idea
Contest:
7th Edition

Gateway for Indian Tech Startups to North America

A bespoke, all expenses paid market access program in Canada consisting of industry visits, investor meetings, business development opportunities, ecosystem engagements, mentor meetups, and networking opportunities.

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Next BIG Idea
Contest:
7th Edition

Gateway for Indian Tech Startups to North America

A bespoke, all expenses paid market access program in Canada consisting of industry visits, investor meetings, business development opportunities, ecosystem engagements, mentor meetups, and networking opportunities.

Implementation Partner

Zone Startups India

In Partnership With

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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. The contest is an application based process, where winners get selected based on multiple rounds of screening, post which they are provided a soft-landing opportunity in North America by spending 2 weeks in Canada. The winners gain exposure to Canada’s vibrant start-up ecosystem providing them with an opportunity to meet with potential customers/partners, interact with the investor community, get business development support, and have multiple networking opportunities with various stakeholders. Under India-Canada Bilateral Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program, 100 Indian technology startups are being supported over a period of 2 years (2018 & 2019) - with 50 companies being selected each year for a market access bootcamp hosted in Mumbai. Post evaluations by Jury Members from the industry, top 13 startups are selected for the bespoke 2-week program in Canada. The ICBIEP program is sponsored by the NSTEDB Division of the Department of Science and Technology (Government of India) with Zone Startups India as the implementation partner. The program is being branded under the Next BIG Idea contest for two years (2018 & 2019).

WINNER TAKEAWAYS

WINNER TAKEAWAYS

  • 1-week market access bootcamp, hosted in Mumbai for top 50 startups, comprising of a final evaluation round for the bespoke program in Canada along with meetings with investors, corporates, industry experts, and government representatives of Canada.
  • An all-expenses-paid 2-week market access program in Canada comprising meeting with sector experts, investor connects, business development opportunities, mentoring & networking.
  • Extensive media profile in India and Canada.
  • Professional support for incorporating operations in Canada, and helping liaise with Provincial/Federal Government for ongoing support if required.
  • Access to Zone Startups India network comprising of 300+ alumni startups, 100+ mentors and industry experts, and corporate innovation programs.

PROGRAM TIMELINE


1

28th June

Program Launch

2

11thJuly - 9th Aug

Roadshows across 21 cities in India

3

30th Aug

Application Deadline

4

15th - 18th Oct

Market Access Bootcamp for Top 50

5

18th - 29th Nov

2-week Bespoke Program in Canada

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Are you amongst India’s most innovative tech startup looking to enter the North American market?

Enter The Next BIG Idea Contest to win a chance to an all expense paid 2-week market access program in Canada.

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