ad:tech: Marketing startups to pitch for Nestl? pilot

MUMBAI: For the first time in India, ad:tech is bringing their global initiative ?The Next Big Thing? to the country in collaboration with Nestl? India. The Next Big Thing intends to build a platform that brings entrepreneurs and marketing leaders together and kick start collaborations. This pitch and award initiative gives startups an exclusive opportunity to showcase their technology, win a fully funded pilot with Nestl?, as well as the coveted recognition of The Next Big Thing.

To participate in this challenge, start-ups can view and apply to the marketing briefs developed by Nestl?. The shortlisted submissions will be judged by a jury comprising of Nestl? India?s top management, venture capitalists and technology industry leaders.

Speaking on the announcement, Nestl? India head of communication & eCommerce Chandrasekhar Radhakrishnan said, ?Technology is disrupting businesses and the startup ecosystem is flourishing in India with entrepreneurial spirit and other positive environmental factors. This provides a great opportunity for brands to engage with these startups and try solving business problems through technological solutions. The Next Big Thing in partnership with ad:tech is one of our efforts this year to participate in the innovation ecosystem in India and work with start-ups to delight consumers and strengthen brands. Through start-up outreach programs such as this one, we will combine the creative spirit and ingenuity of external innovators with the scale and expertise of the world?s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company.?

Commenting on the partnership and initiative Comexposium India country MD Jaswant Singh said, ?Leading brands and agencies across the world are looking for more innovation, and we?re extremely excited to partner with Nestl? for ?The Next Big Thing?. We strongly believe that The Next Big Thing will be a great platform for start-ups. The design philosophy of ad:tech is to constantly innovate and serve the needs of the modern marketers. Through this challenge, start-ups have the opportunity to showcase the latest technology and most ideas in front of Nestl? and digital media professionals.?

The registration for The Next Big Thing will be open till 13 February 2017. From all the submitted entries, 10 start-ups will be selected by a jury to take part in the final pitch event which will be held on 10 March at The Leela Ambience Hotel and Residences, Gurgaon.

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