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Global Innovation Pitch Competition

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MaRS Discovery District

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MaRS Discovery District & NTT DATA Present – The Global Innovation Pitch Competition.

Canadian entrepreneurs are increasingly applying a global lens to commercialization, while international businesses are looking overseas to import transformative solutions. Join us at the Global Open Innovation Business Contest in Toronto, where we’ll welcome NTT DATA from Japan for the second year.

NTT DATA – a leading IT services provider in Tokyo – is looking for a business partner to take on some of the key social and economic issues facing the world today. Seven disruptive startups will pitch their businesses at MaRS Discovery District, competing for a chance to earn a place at NTT DATA's Grand Finale in Tokyo.

Get your ticket to watch them pitch and to learn about companies spanning the latest cutting-edge tech including:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Blockchain technologies
  • Wearable tech
  • Business analytics
  • Global financial solutions

A panel of elite judges will select a winner to be announced on the day. This Toronto startup will then proceed to compete with some of the world's most innovative companies at the Grand Finale Tokyo event in March 2018.

Hear from inspiring startups and our keynote speaker on February 6 and network with an audience of entrepreneurs, investors and the tech community.




Keynote Speaker: Allen Lau, CEO and co-founder of Wattpad

Allen Lau is the CEO and co-founder of Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company, where he leads the company’s vision to entertain and connect the world through stories.

A leader in Canada’s technology sector and startup ecosystem, Allen is a member of the Canadian Council of Innovators, a lobby group that advances the interests of Canadian technology companies at all levels of government. He is also the co-founder of Two Small Fish Ventures, a fund that invests in Toronto and Waterloo-based early stage internet companies with strong network effects.

Prior to Wattpad, Allen co-founded FeedM8, a mobile advertising company that was later acquired. He also previously co-founded Tira Wireless, where he helped leading brands optimize content for mobile delivery. Allen received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Toronto’s Electrical Engineering program.

Find Allen on Wattpad and on Twitter: @allenlau




Agenda:

5:00 p.m.: Registration opens
5:30 p.m.: Opening address
6:00 - 7:45 p.m.: Pitch competition
8:00 p.m.: Reception and keynote address
8:30 p.m.: Winners announced and reception continues
9:00 p.m.: Event concludes

Food and beverages will be served.




About NTT DATA:

NTT DATA plays a vital role in developing and operating IT infrastructure in Japan and is engaged in IT business in around 50 countries. NTT DATA’s Open Innovation Contest aims to create new partner-powered businesses and solutions that will solve global problems dynamically. Major areas being explored during this year’s contest include fintech, insurancetech, healthtech, energy, IoT, digital marketing, blockchain, VR/AR, big data, personal data, AI, cyber security, robotics and drone technologies. Find more information about the innovation challenge.



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