Last month, IBM announced the launch of the Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups. Building your business on IBM Cloud is all about keeping your costs down and improving your time to market. There are two BIG reasons why you want to build your business on IBM Cloud: SoftLayer and Bluemix.
-SoftLayer is IBM’s cloud platform. It’s different from its cloud competitors in that it automates and provisions at the data center level rather than the hypervisor level. That means that many cloud platforms could actually be built on SoftLayer, but SoftLayer could not be built on other platforms. For a great explanation of why IBM Cloud stands out in the crowd, check out this blog post.
-Bluemix is IBM’s developer ecosystem and PaaS. It allows developers to build and deploy applications rapidly and then easily manage and update them. With Bluemix, developers have access to over 60 open source APIs from IBM and it’s Business Partners – think Twitter and Watson). Bluemix also provides the necessary tools for development like middleware and application infrastructure. And it all runs on SoftLayer!
Members of the Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups will receive more than just cloud credits to access IBM Cloud. They will also receive technical and business support, as well as exposure to potential new clients.
The highlights of the program include:
-Up to $120k USD in cloud credit (for qualifying startups)
-Connecting to a vast global network of IBM Innovation Centers for technical expertise and go-to-market mentoring
-Exposure to enterprise clients at events like Interconnect and Insight
There are minimum requirements you must meet to be eligible to apply. For more information and to apply, check out the Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups’ webpage!