The IBM SmartCamp Global finals has begun! And it’s raining in San Francisco, which is a great thing! They need the rain, desperately!
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Sandy Carter addresses the crowd at the opening of SmartCamp Global Finals 2013
Now, to the event. Sandy Carter opened things up by welcoming everyone to the finals. She covered each day of Entrepreneur Week and spoke about the impact of each day. She also spoke of the importance of startups to IBM for partnering and collaborating. And, most important, how startups need to operate as social businesses!
Mode, the SmartCamp Global winner from 2012 is now talking to the audience. Businesses need to be more nimble and able to adapt to changes, says Josphat Kinyua, Group Commercial Diretor of Mode.
Josphat Kinyua of Mode
Josphat offered this advice to startups: “The world is not fair, you have to understand that. Everyone has competition, so you must be prepared for your competitors.” Julian gives credit to IBM for opening up global markets for them, that came in huge numbers after their victory at the 2012 SmartCamp Global finals. Thanks to Josphat and Julian Kyula, CEO of Mode, for your inspiring words! We’re so glad you came to help us crown the 2013 winner!
Want to hear more? Come attend the afternoon portion of today’s event! You can still register to attend!