It’s all roses for Rosie at SmartCamp Cambridge

Photo of SmartCamp Cambridge attendees

Attendees at SmartCamp Cambridge

The house was packed for last week’s SmartCamp Cambridge event! With 6 startups competing for the win, it was Rosie that rose to the top to win the SmartCamp Cambridge!

rosie_logoSo why Rosie? Well for starters, Rosie is a leading SaaS provider of predictive online and mobile shopping applications to local merchants. Their solution is aimed at improving the grocery store shopping experience by predicting the grocery items shoppers need before they run out, at the lowest price from local grocers and online retailers.

What does their solution do for grocery retailers? Rosie provides e-commerce, delivery opportunities, and deep data services to local merchants. And for consumers, Rosie enables customers to shop online for their favorite local stores for delivery or in-store pickup.

The other 5 finalists were (in alphabetical order): Astra Identity, Capital Market Exchange, Disease Diagnostic Group, Measurance, and Myndlift. Be sure to check out their websites and follow them on their social channels. And, a huge thanks to them for participating in SmartCamp Cambridge!

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VacantBoards wins the first ever Lagos SmartCamp!

The first IBM SmartCamp Lagos was a huge success with a strong turnout from business leaders, mentors, and other entrepreneurs interested to see this great event!

Photo of the winner, VacantBoards

Tunji Ajao (center) of VacantBoards after winning SmartCamp Lagos

The winner of the SmartCamp event was VacantBoards! Their solution of maintaining inventory of vacant billboards and leveraging analytics, mobile and big data technology to connect small-medium business to the available, low-cost outdoor advertising opportunities was seen as the strongest in the field of competing startups. VacantBoards’ solution was seen as the best example of using big data and mobile technology to drive greater value for their clients. And, their solution certainly seems to be scalable!

Photo of crowd at SmartCamp LagosAn impressive turnout of the local ecosystem including academia, existing and potential start-ups, technology and industry professionals was evident at the event!

All in all, a great event for Lagos and a great addition to our IBM SmartCamps!


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IBM SmartCamp Lagos attracts diverse field of startups

The IBM SmartCamp Lagos event will be held on July 18th at the IBM West Africa campus in Lagos.

Once again, this SmartCamp is co-sponsored by Tech4Africa! Both IBM and Tech4Africa have enjoyed a successful partnership in the SmartCamp series. Last month, Tech4Africa and IBM held a similar, successful  SmartCamp event in Nairobi. The Lagos event promises to be just as successful!

The startups participating are:

Gidi-Farm logoGidiFarm provides up-to-date market information of different agro-produces, connects farmers to buyers/markets through the agro-market, and provides an online agro-market place for buying & selling of agro-produces.

Mobile OES
OES logoOnline Exams Simulation (OES) helps students prepare for and pass grade school exams. Multiple mobile and cell phone platforms are supported.

iQube_logoiQube is an Applied Computer Science Research & Development company that aims to provide custom app-based solutions to challenges that are locally relevant using mobile and web technologies.

Asuqu logoAsuqu is a web channel that provides an online portfolio for photographers, animators, short film creators, creative directors, UI designers, web designers, architects, engineers, fashion designers, make-up artists, models, musicians, and other creative professionals.

Don’t miss this event! Make sure to register to attend!

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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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