India tech startups make appearance in North America

Five winners of Zone Startups India’s Next BIG Idea Contest

December 23, 2015

Five India tech startups, all winners of Zone Startups India’s Next BIG Idea Contest, visited Simon Fraser University’s VentureLabs® following two-weeks of mentorship and business development earlier this month—their prize—at Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ).

The five were selected to leverage their startups in Canada as part of the third annual contest, hosted by the Canadian and Ontario governments, Zone Startups India, the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute (BSEI) and Amazon Web Services.

Zone Startups India is the first Canadian-led international incubator/accelerator in India, a partnership between SFU, Ryerson University, Ryerson Futures Inc. and the BSEI.

"This is an example of how we're extending the reach and impact of SFU Innovates internationally," says Joy Johnson, SFU's vice-president, research.

"This benefits SFU by giving us a universal perspective on innovation models and market opportunities. It also benefits entrepreneurs and companies from around the world who come here to access the significant knowledge and resources of our I-INC Pan-Canadian incubation and innovation network."

During their visit to SFU’s new VentureLabs facility the young entrepreneurs met with members of the local business community and potential investors, customers, partners and mentors.

The winners, chosen from more than 300 candidates, included:

  • Bangalore-based Lightmetrics Technologies, whose smartphone-based drive-monitoring solution gives a 360-degree view of driving behavior by providing visual context to driving data;
  • Packal, also based in Bangalore, is building the world’s most comprehensive reproductive health tracker, which it  calls Lovecycles (and has six million downloads worldwide);
  • Delhi-based Neuron, which uses data analytics as a service platform and is helping organizations make use of and extract meaningful insights from their data;
  • Swift File Transfer (SFT) also in Delhi, an award-winning app that sends photos, folders, videos, apps or any other type of file across Android devices wirelessly, without the need for USB cables or pen-drives. SFT is on the list of Hot 100 Technologies created by the Centre of Recognition & Excellence, sponsored by KPMG, Microsoft and Amazon.
  • Survelytics, based in the city of Thane, focuses on enterprise mobile data collection and analytics and is considered a leader among market research companies in India, now making its push into the North American market and other global regions.