Ernakulam-based Appmaker.xyz, Bitryt Solutions and PerfectFit Systems bagged awards at the Next Big Idea (NBI) contest this year. The companies, nominated by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), are from among 13 winners across the country.
The startups are from among 13 winners across India and will receive a two-week market access programme in Canada to explore its startup ecosystem
The Next Big Idea contest is organised by Zone Startups India, a leading startup accelerator. The contest gives tech startups from India an opportunity to make their presence felt in the North American market through a soft landing in Canada. It also gives them a chance to explore Canada’s startup and innovation ecosystem. Zone Startups India is an implementation agency for the Indo-Canada Bilateral Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programme for two years (2018 & 2019).
The contest was sponsored by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, and supported by Global Affairs Canada, Provincial Governments of Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta. Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is the Canadian industry sponsor of NBI 2018 and the bank will be hosting the tending companies at their Toronto headquarters.
The 13 technology startups were chosen from over 1100 applications and will receive a two-week market access programme in Canada.
Bitryt Solutions is a software development company engaged in the development of video platform. Founded by Nikhil Raj Natarajan, Vijaykrishan Shyamsundar and Manju Viswambharan, the company specialises in developing end-to-end media solutions. They developed the ‘Zero One Media Suite’, an integrated media platform which helps automate the processes of video acquisition, processing, scheduling, distribution, monetisation and analytics. “We are very happy to be one among the top 13 companies selected for Next Big Idea and to explore the North American market as part of the India-Canada innovation program. Multiple levels of pitching and presentations gave us great exposure. A company from Kerala could reach this position only because of the support extended by KSUM and Zone Startup,” said Nikhil Raj Natarajan, CEO, Bitryt Solutions.
The other winner ‘Appmaker’ started by Saleeh K, Mohammed Anees and Salah Abdul Salam in their college days, is now an app managing tool with over 500-plus clients across 35 countries. Appmaker has a 10-member team, with Saleeh as CEO and Anees as CTO. Appmaker’s main focus is on M-Commerce (Mobile Commerce). “We have built several products including Web2Desk, which was recently featured in Product Hunt and Life Hacker. Some of the honours include coming under ‘Top Startups’ by the Armenia Government in 2018; Winner of Seaside Startup Summit B2B at Goa and Best Campus Startup, selected by Centre for Innovation Technology Transfer and Industrial Collaboration (CITTIC),” said Felix Josemon, Head of Growth/Product at Appmaker and also Community Manager of Kerala Product Hunt Chapter.
Ernakulam-based startup PerfectFit Systems, another winner, builds 3-D scanners and fully-automated smart apparel production systems for the fashion industry. It scans the client to generate exact body measurements which will then be used to cut apparel patterns from fabric. The scanning systems help produce the final apparel in a fraction of the time.