Today in Washington DC, IBM is unveiling a commitment to invest $150M to help fuel entrepreneurship and new business opportunities in the United States, as part of the White House-led Startup America campaign. The investment will be used to:
- Coach and mentor startup businesses throughout the United States initiative
- Expand education, build skills and mentorship programs in collaboration with the academic and venture capital communities
- Provide skills and business opportunities to the growing community of software developers who collaborate on emerging technologies
These investments continue to the growth of our IBM Global Entrepreneur program that our team launched in 2010 and has helped thousands of startups around the globe get started in taking on the world’s toughest challenges.
As part of the Startup America program, we will collaborate with other participants to expand our ecosystem of more than 100,000 partners, more than 8 million developers and nearly 6,000 universities in programs to help develop new technologies and prepare students and developers with the skills to succeed in a global market. Additionally, we will be utilizing our five IBM Innovations Centers in the United States to provide free access to technology, education and hands-on assistance to help business partners and startups design, build, market and deliver new technologies and solutions to the country’s most difficult problems. The 5 US IIC’s are located in Austin, Dallas, Chicago, Waltham, Mass., and San Mateo, Calif.
We are also today are launching our 2011 Skills Tour that will visit 15 college communities and universities in 10 states over the next 100 days. Each event brings together students and professors with business, government, venture capital and non-profit leaders from the area to discuss the skills needed for leadership jobs in the 21st century.