On May 8th, IBM Global Entrepreneur hosted a Mentor Day at the IBM Innovation Center in Austin, Texas. The mentoring sessions coupled with Austin IBM Innovation Center’s Connect with the Ecosystem event made for an extremely successful day.
The event began with coffee and introductions of how the mentoring portion of the event would be conducted. The four startup finalists participating in the Mentor Day presented for 6 minutes followed by 4 minute Q&As from the mentors and selected IBM attendees.
After a lunch break, the mentoring sessions started. The startups were paired up with mentors that best aligned with their industry and areas of interest. They then gave their revised pitches which were rated by our mentors and voted on by the public in an online vote.
The audience then had the pleasure of hearing two great presentations. Jeff Eisen, IBM Chief Architect for Watson Core Technology, discussed some of the current work being done with Watson and the possibilities on the horizon. Rudy Garza, Texas Super Angel and founder and Managing Partner of G-51 Capital, offered his insights and expertise on entrepreneurship.
We were also joined on this Mentor Day by a very promising student company, Predictable Data from the University of Texas at Austin. They help small to medium businesses turn their customer and prospect databases into powerful sales and marketing assets. It’s exciting to see students with this kind of entrepreneurial drive!
At the end of the day, through the audience online voting coupled with the mentors’ scorecards, startup finalist Beyonic was selected to advance to the interview round of an upcoming IBM SmartCamp.
Thank you to the mentors and all the startups who participated, and all our attendees!