NTT DATA is set to host the 10th annual international Open Innovation Contest. The global technology leader invites startup businesses around the globe to submit ideas for new technologies that can make the world a better place.
Worldwide, regional contests will be held in 15 cities across 13 countries, where 1-2 winner(s) in different business challenges will be chosen. In North America, regional competitions will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia on Oct. 29, Boston on Nov. 8 and San Francisco on Nov. 21, 2019. In India, a contest event will be hosted in Bangalore on September 9, 2019.
Regional winners will be invited to present their pitch to a panel of judges for the Tokyo grand finale in January 2020 to determine the grand champion of the global contest. Following the selection of winner(s) at each regional contest, NTT DATA experts will work with their respective winner(s) to determine where the startup company's product or service could be used in NTT DATA's client ecosystem and will help hone their presentation for the grand finale.
The grand champion contest winner will be funded up to $100,000 USD to develop a proof of concept (POC) with NTT DATA clients and the support of our dedicated team of expert consultants, technologists and business experts. To nurture the development of innovative business with NTT DATA, we will also help make important mentoring and business connections for finalists and winners among their client base and professional networks.
Any startup company is welcome to submit a proposal for a collaborative business with NTT DATA group companies in the following fields: Healthcare and Life Sciences; Finance, Insurance and Payments; Automotive and Mobility as a Service; Telecom and IoT; In-Store Front and Marketing Digitalization; Smart Automation; Data Distribution and Disruptive Social Innovation.
To increase the number of technology companies that start and grow in the Okanagan
We do this in two ways:
1. Helping to develop and support a vibrant entrepreneurial, creative and innovative technology community.
Our community ranges from students and aspiring entrepreneurs to startups and early stage companies; as well as established technology companies and the wide range of service providers who are critical to our industry
Our objective is to encourage people to start and grow technology companies!
2. Offering programs that support entrepreneurs and technology companies looking to start, accelerate and grow.
These programs combine elements such as needs assessments, hands on coaching, mentorship, and access to world class expertise - including connections provincially, nationally and internationally.
Our objective is to help entrepreneurs and companies accelerate their growth and maximize their opportunity