Last Thursday, the Second Edition of the “Next BIG Idea Contest” was announced by Zone Startups – India, a joint venture between Bombay Stock Exchange Institute and Toronto- based Ryerson Futures Inc, in collaboration with the Government of Ontario, Canada and IBM Global Entrepreneurship Program. The competition seeks to discover India’s five most innovative technology companies who are looking to leverage a presence in Ontario, Canada, as a vehicle to expand to North America.
The winners will be awarded an all expenses-paid trip to the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) at Ryerson University, in Toronto, including flights and hotels. Using the DMZ as a landing pad, the entrepreneurs will receive mentorship, business development advice and valuable international experience.
“We are thrilled with the quality of technology startups applying to be part of the Next Big Idea contest. We strongly believe in the global sharing of experiences and networks for success, and look forward to hosting this year’s winners in Toronto,” said Ajay Ramasubramaniam, Director – India, Ryerson Futures, who visited CIIE to launch the contest in Ahmedabad.
CIIE is one of the Launch Partners for this edition of the Next BIG Idea Contest. “CIIE has engaged with Zone Startups in various activities in the past. We strongly believe that innovation from the startup community is critical to building a smarter planet”, said Ashwin Joshi, VP (Ecosystem) at CIIE.
The competition opened online on July 30, 2014 and closes on September 15, 2014, and winners will be travelling to Toronto, during the last week of October or first week of November.