Startups using open data can apply for $50,000 from ODX

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The Ontario Data Exchange is currently seeking startups for Cohort 2 of its ODX Ventures program, which supports startups that use open data in their company.

The program includes $50,000 for product development, and is open to all companies. However, the ODX says it is particularly interested in companies in agriculture, transportation and logistics, education, finance and logistics. Past companies that have been supported through ODX include Plasticity Labs, Ecopia, and MapYourProperty.

“The ODX Ventures program enabled us to invest in the development of a piece of technology that we knew the market needed, but wasn’t willing to purchase until a working prototype was deployed,” Bryan Smith, CEO of ThinkData Works, said in a testimonial. “Open Data is a very new sector with fresh problems and solutions. ODX Venture funding allowed us to build out what we knew was needed to get large corporate clients to start ingesting public data.”

Applications are being accepted until September 22. Companies interested in finding sources of open data they use find resources here.

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