Mumbai, Jun 29 (PTI) Startup accelerator Zone Startups today announced its annual ‘next big idea contest,’ seeking to discover five most high potential startups looking to leverage a soft-landing opportunity in Canada as a gateway to North America. Also Read - Farmer Leaders Allege Deep Sidhu Provoked All at Red Fort, Actor Says it Was Symbolic Protest

The selected startups get access to mentorship, industry connects, investor meetings and a great international exposure, a statement said. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Rs 1000 Pension Per Month to Elderly, 75% Reservation in Jobs For Locals in Jharkhand

The contest was launched in 2013, as a joint initiative of Zone Startups India and the government of Ontario, Canada. Also Read - Anyone Who Wants COVID Vaccine Could Get it This Spring: US President Joe Biden

Over the years, several other partners have come onboard, and this year it includes Global Affairs Canada, governments of British Columbia and Alberta, the Canadian provinces.

“Canada is a country built on diversity that welcomes entrepreneurs from all over the world. Indian companies easily fit in and have instant access to markets in North America and Europe. We’re pleased to partner with Zone Startups on this competition and are excited about showcasing top Indian firms in Canada,”Jordan Reeves, Canadian consul general said.

Over the past five years, the contest roadshows have been to 16 startup hubs from across the country, and attracted over 1,700 applications, from which 27 startups have been soft-landed in major Canadian cities, it said.

“Seeing the Canadian and Indian startup ecosystems simultaneously and closely, we could see a natural fit and an opportunity to be an enabler. I see this contest as our gateway to India, as the first edition was launched right after we announced our India market entry,” Ajay Ramasubramaniam of Zone Startups said.

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Lupin to help BMC fight TB

Pharma major Lupin, which is a pioneer in the fight against tuberculosis (TB), has joined hands with the BMC (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) to run a joint campaign to detect and address active cases of the disease in the megapolis.

The door-to-door active case finding campaign will cover all high-risk population areas selected from all 24 wards under the civic body, Lupin said in a statement.

A contagious and airborne disease, TB is as the second leading cause of death from a single infectious agent, after the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the country is home to the highest number of TB in the world with an estimated 28 lakh cases annually, which is one-fourth of the global incidence of the disease.

Also, as many as 5 lakh Indians lose their lives to the disease annually.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.