And they’re off! SmartCamp Global finals are here!

The IBM SmartCamp Global finals has begun! And it’s raining in San Francisco, which is a great thing! They need the rain, desperately!

Please join us in our Twitter conversation! Just add #IBMSmartCamp to your tweets. Share your thoughts, tell us who your favorite finalists is, and join in the conversation! We’re also posting Instagram photos to our Twitter Wall at the event! Take a photo and add #IBMSmartCamp to the caption. We’d love to see photos of past participants of SmartCamp!

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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.

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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!

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Venture capital guru, Julie Meyer, to be at IBM SmartCamp Global Finals!

Entrepreneur Week is here, and we’ve got a full week of activities for everyone to enjoy. And let’s be clear, it’s not just for or about IBM. We’ve got an impressive line-up of speakers and mentors engaged through out the week. We’ve already blogged about Eric Ries, our keynote speaker for the SmartCamp Global Finals. But we have others, too… namely, Julie Meyer!

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Julie Meyer

Julie is the founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital, co-founder and Managing Partner of the Ariadne Fund, founder of Entrepreneur Country, and co-founder of First Tuesday.

She founded Ariadne Capital back in 2000; Ariadne backs entrepreneurs in the digital health, mobile money, broadcast media and entertainment, and smart cities ecosystems. Ariadne pioneered the model of “Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs” as the new model of the financing of entrepreneurship, and Ariadne’s investment framework is “Ecosystem Economics.”

She sits on the Boards of INSEAD, Medikidz, Vestergaard Frandsen and Jellybook. In 2011, she was asked to be on the Secretary of State’s Entrepreneurs Panel and the Secretary of Health’s Innovation Panel. In 2012, Julie was honored to receive an honorary MBE for her services to entrepreneurship. Julie’s first book, Welcome to Entrepreneur Country, was published in June 2012.

Thankfully, Julie will be a mentor and a member of the Venture Capital Panel for our IBM SmartCamp Global Finals on Feb. 6th. Spots are filling up fast for our afternoon portion of the finals. Register now so you can hear Julie and see who wins the SmartCamp finals!

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IBM Entrepreneur Week kicks off with an Online Bash

It’s just around the corner! IBM Online Bash starts Monday, Feb. 3rd. If you haven’t registered, it’s not too late!

The topic tracks for our Online Bash are:

  • Growing your business in a Social World
  • Women Entrepreneurs
  • Academic Excellence

There will be multiple topics discussed within each track. Choose the one that is best for you. Registration is free!

Here’s an infographic with the day’s agenda:

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A taste of Entrepreneur Week: An interview with Eric Ries, Pioneer of the Lean Startup movement

Here’s a great interview to watch. A small taste, if you will, of things to come at Entrepreneur Week!

Daryl Pereira, Social Media Manager for IBM, hosts an interview with Eric Ries, of The Lean Startup fame, and Scott Francis, co-founder and CTO of BP3. This short, but fascinating, conversation covers topics like the lean startup movement, the importance of case studies, the role of technology across all industries, as well as favorite food trailers!

Register to attend the IBM SmartCamp Global Finals to hear Eric Ries, and see who wins the SmartCamp award!

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Come one, come all! IBM SmartCamp Global Finals!

If you haven’t registered for the IBM SmartCamp Global Finals, it’s not too late! Though the morning session is completely filled, there’s still room to register for the afternoon session at the Bentley Reserve Banking Hall!

Register now for the afternoon session so you can watch our 8 finalists compete for first place and hear from our keynote, Eric Ries!

Here’s an infographic with the day’s agenda:

Infographic of IBM SmartCamp Global finals

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IBM Entrepreneur Week: Five days of startup opportunities

The very first IBM Entrepreneur Week is this February 3rd-7th. Find out more details about each day’s events using the image below. Then, register to attend one or all of the days. It’s going to be huge! You don’t want to miss it!

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Lean Startup guru Eric Ries to keynote IBM SmartCamp Global finals


Eric Ries

Big news! Eric Ries will be our keynote speaker for IBM SmartCamp Global finals! Eric will share his wealth of knowledge around the entrepreneurial spirit and startup strategy.

Eric is a New York Times Bestselling Author and is recognized for pioneering the Lean Startup movement, a new-business strategy which maximizes a company’s potential by allocating and improvising their resources as efficiently as possible. His insights into what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur will be invaluable!

His first book, The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business, became an instant standard blueprint and bestseller for entrepreneurs and startups around the world. His ability to turn some of the most complex ideas into something that’s more direct and comprehensible, helps guide startups through the exciting process of creating a business because he’s done it many times.

In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. Eric also serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups and has consulted new and established companies, as well as venture capital firms.

Register now for the Feb.6th event to hear Eric and watch our eight finalists as they compete to win the global prize!

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