As you may know from my previous posts – as part of our Smarter Planet strategy we launched the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program to help fuel the growth of early stage startups who are inventing new business models and solutions related to Smarter Planet.
The Global Entrepreneur Program includes the IBM Smart Camp program, which provides a business plan competition to give these entrepreneurs visibility to IBM and Venture Capital executives, gives them mentoring by senior industry executives, and potentially access to capital from our VC partners to fuel their growth.
To run these smart camps we are partnering with an impressive list of organisations including Seedcamp, SDFORUM, Kauffman Fellows, TechStars, Enterprise Ireland, Stockholm Innovation Group (STING), Massachusetts Tech Leadership Council and Dublin City Council among others. This list is growing rapidly and you can find the complete list of our partners on our SmartCamp blog.
Our next event is this week in Stockholm – and we just announced the five finalists –
- Predect making water safe
- Yubico simplifying security for everyone
- Info24 connecting machines to deliver smart planet solutions
- VC Fire helping to reduce impact of fires
- Qlucore next generation intuitive bioinformatics
Be sure to check out these cool new companies – they are great examples of new innovation that is helping to create a Smarter Planet!