Last week, IBM SmartCamp held its 2012 Asia Regional Final in Beijing, where 6 startups from China, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand came to compete. The winners of the event were HistoIndex from Singapore–a company that provides researchers and hospitals with cutting edge tools and reliable techniques to assist in speedy and accurate diagnosis of fibrosis–and QuintessenceLabs from Australia–a company that develops cyber security products empowered by quantum science to safeguard valuable electronic information even in the presence of network and system breaches. These two companies will represent all the startups in Asia when they go on to compete in the IBM SmartCamp 2012 Global Final, which will be held in New York in February 2013. The winner of the Global Final will be named IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year.
According to Jim Corgel, IBM General Manager of ISV and Developer Relations, IBM continues to focus on and encourage innovation. He is very pleased to see a growing number of Asia-Pacific startups using IBM’s advanced technologies and solutions to achieve rapid growth through the participation in IBM SmartCamps. With the expansion of IBM SmartCamps in Asia-Pacific and the other regions of the world, IBM will continue to provide abundant resources for startups, helping them to turn innovative ideas into business practices, jointly promoting a healthier ecosystem under the guidance of the IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative.