Cloud, Mobile and Social startups win at SmartCamps!

We have more exciting news coming from SmartCamps in Africa and Europe!

Recently, we had SmartCamps in Milan, Lille and Nairobi. And at each location, the local entrepreneurial ecosystem was engaged and participated!

Congratulations to Social Bullgard (Italy), Seclud-IT (France) and Digital Vision East Africa (Nairobi)!

social bullgard logoSocial Bullgard gathers and structures social media content to help companies react quickly to requests and opportunities, as well as avoid and manage crisis efficiently.

secludit logoSeclud-IT’s solution, Elastic Security, brings to cloud infrastructure providers the ability to provide on-demand computing resources to their customers, without compromising with security.

chamasoft logoDigital Vision East Africa’s solution, Chamasoft, is a simple to use web and mobile application that automates all activities in an investment group. Their solution also promotes transparency and accountability within investment groups.

What an impressive list of startups! And all that just from last week! There are more to come, as our SmartCamps are happening around the world. Find out more about a SmartCamp near you!

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IBM teams up with Tech4Africa for the Nairobi SmartCamp

Once again, Tech4Africa will play as host to an IBM entrepreneurial event, IBM SmartCamp Nairobi! The event will take place on July 1st at the Bishop Magua Centre.

This year’s event includes three finalists for the SmartCamp competition. Here’s a closer look at each finalist:

chamasoftDigital Vision East Africa’s solution, Chamasoft, is a  simple to use web and mobile application that automates all activities in an investment group. Chamasoft is integrating with different financial providers and mobile money services to enable complete automation of records management from members to financial institutions. Follow Digital Vision on Twitter @chamasoft.

qubitQubit’s solution, Tenacle SaaS, is a merchant SaaS solution that merges multiple payment channels. Follow Qubit on Twitter @QubitLtd.

synacorSynacor Consortium’s solution is a water management solution that enables efficient day to day operations. Follow Synacor on Twitter @Synacor_ke.

The SmartCamp event is followed by a Tech4Africa after party. To attend the event, simply register. Then, be prepared for fun and to be inspired!

Good luck to the three finalists!

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Yosko wins the NYC SmartCamp!

SC_NYC_Yosko_winnerLast week, the SmartCamp event for New York was held with a focus on Watson-related solutions. The winner was Yosko!

yosko_logoWith their mobile-based solutions, Yosko provides access to the electronic medical records, facilitates exchanges between physicians, and improves care team communication. Sounds like a great Watson for Healthcare solution!

SmartCamps are just getting started! If you want to participate in a SmartCamp near you, check out the schedule of upcoming SmartCamps!

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SmartCamps are happening around the world!

SmartCamps are back! And there’s been a buzz of activity all around for startups and entrepreneurs. So far there’s been IBM startup related events around the world! We recently blogged about events in Chicago and Austin. In addition, there have been events in Europe, too!


ALVILA presents at the Entrepreneur Day for Startups

Back in May, the IBM Innovation Center Prague teamed up with TechSquare for the Entrepreneur Day for Startups. Similar in nature to the SmartCamp events, startup companies in Prague pitched their solutions to a crowd of participants, mentors and judges. At the end of the event, was declared the winner!

And that is certainly not all for Europe. Just in this month, there have been and will continue to be SmartCamp and startup-related events in France, Denmark, The Netherlands, Austria, Italy and more! To find out more about these events, visit the SmartCamp events page.

Besides the focus on startups, what almost all of these events has in common is Codename: BlueMix! Working with IBM Innovation Centers around the world, SmartCamps have been an excellent opportunity to engage startups with BlueMix and get them developing on the IBM mobile development platform.

If you want to participate in, or just attend, a SmartCamp or BlueMix event, check out the events web page for Business Partners, IT professionals, and academics.

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eyeQ Insights and BeehiveID are winners of IBM SmartCamp Austin!

It was standing room only at the SmartCamp Austin event on June 11th. With a turnout of over 120 people, the energy in the room was immediately noticeable. Some of the best startups in Austin made it to the finals, but in the end, two stood out as the winners.

From L to R: Mary Haskett of BeehiveID and Michael Garel of eyeQ Insights

From L to R: Mary Haskett of BeehiveID and Michael Garel of eyeQ Insights

The mentors’ panel chose eyeQ Insights as the winner! And, the popular choice went to BeehiveID!

Michael Garel of eyeQ Insights performed the best pitch and his company’s solution was viewed as being the strongest in the field of five finalists. Likewise, Mary Haskett of BeehiveID was clearly the crowd favorite, having almost unanimously selected as the people’s choice award!

eyeQ creates unique hybrid in person/online experience for shoppers that give them what they have learned to love from e-commerce (ratings, reviews, suggested offerings) to help them decide and buy on the spot. With video intelligence, mobile location analytics and highly interactive HD touch screen displays, the eyeQinsights responsive marketing system learns about and responds to customers and helps them make purchasing decisions.

BeehiveID helps ensure that people online are who they say they are in person! BeehiveID is based on years of experience working with a variety of identity technologies, including social network analysis, face recognition, semantic text analysis, machine learning, sentiment analysis and temporal profiling.

Kevin Koym, of Tech Ranch Austin, addresses a packed room

Kevin Koym, of Tech Ranch Austin, addresses a packed room

Congratulations to these two companies!

And last, but certainly not least, a huge THANKS AGAIN to Tech Ranch Austin for co-sponsoring the IBM SmartCamp Austin event!

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SmartCamp Austin returns with a solid lineup of startups!


Downtown Austin skyline

IBM SmartCamp has returned to Austin, Texas! And we’ve got an impressive list of startups competing to win!

  • BeehiveIDSocial Authentication Technology ™ that leverages traditional technologies and uses online social networks to augment authentication of people’s identity.
  • Cloud9 – Cloud 9 offers a better path to mental health counseling through their easy to use mobile application.
  • eyeQ Insights – eyeQ provides leading retailers the ability continually learn about consumer purchasing behavior, generate business intelligence, and influence consumer purchasing in-store.
  • BYTE (formerly MyMenu) – BYTE offers a photo, description, and overall grade for each item on any restaurant’s menu.
  • TP Synergy – TP Synergy provides end-to-end visibility and collaboration to the supply chain process via multiple parties: suppliers, customers, transporters, amd warehouse managers.

The format of this year’s event is similar to last year. All the startups will work with mentors during the first half of the day, behind closed door sessions. Then, at 3 pm Central, the public portion begins with opening comments. Shortly after, the 5 startups give their public pitch! In a 6-minute pitch, each startup will have an opportunity to describe ways in which their solutions help promote a Smarter Planet, as well as the unique value they bring to the market.

And, like last year, attendees will have a chance to vote on their favorite SmartCamp finalists, giving that startup an edge in achieving success!

Before day’s end, attendees will have a chance to chat with one another, talk about the featured business ideas as well as network with colleagues, investors, and local thought leaders.

A huge THANKS! to Tech Ranch Austin for co-sponsoring this year’s SmartCamp in Austin. Also, IBMer David Barnes will be on hand to present the BlueMix advantage. David is a dynamic speaker and is sure to entertain, as well as educate, our audience!

If you haven’t registered for the public portion, you can still do so. If you are in Austin, you don’t want to miss this year’s SmartCamp!



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Entrepreneurs, startups, VCs, and IBMers join forces for Technori Pitch in Chicago

Photo of Attendees at the Technori Pitch

Attendees at the Technori Pitch

On Tuesday, May 27th, Chicagoland entrepreneurs, startups, VCs, and IBMers gathered for Technori Pitch. This event is an amazingly fun pitch night that brings together over 500 Chicagoland startup enthusiasts to hear five impassioned startups pitch their products and services.

The theme for the night was “Big Data & Cloud”, something IBM knows a thing or two about.  So, it was natural for The Chicago IBM Innovation Center and Technori to work together and discuss Big Data & Cloud, as well as IBM’s startup program, the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program.

The 5 startups for this “Technori Pitch sponsored by IBM” were:

  • Additive Analytics – Reduces hospital admissions by using a predictive analytics model
  • Belladati – Solution connects databases into a single business intelligence dashboard
  • – Environment that turns engineering code into applications able to be used by non-technical staff
  • Cardiosys – Healthcare dashboard for companies to identify employees at risk of health issues
  • Narrative Science- Generates human readable text automatically from structured data
Photo of Technori Pitch in Chic

Technori Pitch main stage in Chicago

All 5 of the startups were excellent in their presentations and solutions, but the judges had to pick just one – Narrative Science – as the winner.

The Chicago IBM Innovation Center is the place for IBM Business Partners, academics, and startups to meet and grow their solutions. For more information, go to

The IBM Global Entrepreneur Program provides many benefits to technical startups interested in working with IBM. For more information, go to

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