The Next BIG Idea contest is an annual feature of Zone Startups India's ecosystem development activities, which started out as a joint initiative of Zone Startups India and Government of Ontario in the year 2013. The contest seeks to discover India's most high-potential and innovative technology companies that are looking to leverage a soft-landing opportunity in Canada as a gateway to North America. Zone Startups is the global brand of technology accelerators and early stage venture funds, operated by Toronto-based Ryerson Futures Inc. (part of Ryerson University Network). Zone Startups' programs are built on the pillars of validation, mentorship, industry connect, and investor access. Zone Startups India was launched in 2014 as joint venture between Ryerson Futures Inc. (Toronto), BSE Institute (a subsidiary of Bombay Stock Exchange) and Simon Fraser University (Vancouver).
The last 6 editions witnessed 39 companies selected from over 3000 applications out of which 4 companies have gone on to establish their North American base in Canada, creating an international footprint.
Our impact is not just measured by the companies that have successfully soft-landed in Canada but also through various ecosystem activities conducted in India itself. Among the multiple programs run by Zone Startups India, Next BIG Idea contest acts as a huge evangelist tool to reach out into communities extending to Tier-2 & Tier-3 cities where entrepreneurs generally do not get access to a lot of network. In the past six years, we have managed to tap into that network and provide them with opportunities to connect with mentors, industry experts, and enable access to B2B facilitations in India & Canada.
Visit us at
Zone Startups India, 18th Floor, BSE Building, P.J.Towers, Dalal Street, Fort, Mumbai 400 001
Or fill in the below form