DMZ Announces Canadian Winners of Next Big Idea Contest

The DMZ at Ryerson University, in partnership with Innovation Birmingham, have announced the winners of the Next Big Idea Contest.

The Next Big Idea Contest is an innovation competition for startups based in Ontario, Canada, and Greater Birmingham, UK, which enables the winning tech entrepreneurs to spend two weeks abroad incubating their companies, scaling up internationally, meeting with expert advisors and exploring ways to expand their businesses on a global scale.

The Ontario-based winners of the competition are Sampler and Komodo OpenLab. Sampler is an online sampling management and analytics platform designed to help companies distribute their product samples more effectively through targeted digital sampling programs. Komodo OpenLab offers inclusive technologies, open software and hardware that facilitate the daily lives of people with disabilities.

The Birmingham-based winners are Hopper HQ and Breaking Free Group.

“Hosting these entrepreneurs from Birmingham at the DMZ is a step in the right direction to creating global business opportunities for both Birmingham startups and resident startups at the DMZ,” said Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director of the DMZ. “We are pleased to be working with Innovation Birmingham on such an important initiative, and are excited to welcome Birmingham startups into Toronto’s thriving startup ecosystem.”

The contest follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Ryerson University and Innovation Birmingham in 2015, which recognized the need to provide global opportunities to local startup communities.