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Viva Las Vegas! SmartCamp Finals is here!

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Mentoring session at SmartCamp Finals inside the MGM Grand

Today’s the big day! SmartCamp Finals is here!

The earlier part of the private mentoring sessions is halfway done. After a break later this afternoon, the startups will fine-tune their presentations for the final pitch!

In the meantime, we need your help in determining who will win the popular vote: the People’s Choice Award!

Need help figuring out who to vote for? Check out the finalists in our Spotlight Series:

IBM SmartCamp Global Finals spotlight: Rosie

As we prepare for the upcoming IBM SmartCamp Global Finals, we’ll be showcasing each of the finalists (in no particular order) leading up to the event itself. If you’ve been following our blog, you know that each finalist has had to compete on a local, and then regional, level to make the final cut. The competition has been fierce, and it only gets more intense from here!

This year’s SmartCamp Global Finals is part of the InterConnect 2015 conference in Las Vegas. The Global Finals will be held on Monday, Feb. 23rd from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Be sure to register to attend!

For now, let’s take a closer look at our first finalist: Rosie.

Based out of Ithaca, New York, Rosie makes it possible for small and medium-sized brick-and-mortar stores to offer a robust online shopping experience for their customers. They collect data on a shopper’s buying habits and then translate that into an enhanced online shopping experience. Their platform brings together the whole retail supply chain to deliver exceptional customer experience. The mobile-based RosieApp lets customers keep control of when their key groceries run out and order and deliver them automatically! A powerful recommendation engine suggests relevant products. Follow them on Twitter @RosieApp.

Also, be sure to vote for Rosie to win the People’s Choice Award!

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Nine startups compete in SmartCamp Europe Regionals!

canarywharfcollageLocated in London’s Canary Wharf, Level 39 will host the IBM SmartCamp Europe Regional Finals on Nov. 27th. Along with Level 39, Silicon Valley Bank and piâblo public relations are also sponsors of this year’s event. Supporting SmartCamp Europe Regionals are local London institutions Tech City UK, London & Partners, and Global Entrepreneurship Week. A huge thanks to our sponsors and supporters!

The top 9 startups from England, Russia, Poland, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and Israel will compete to advance to the Global Finals! This list of countries represents one of the most diverse SmartCamp events ever held! You do not want to miss it! To attend the event, you must register!

Plus, you can help decide who wins the popular People’s Choice Award by voting for your favorite startup! It’s fast and easy!

Let’s take a closer look at our 9 finalists!

Andiamo
andiamoWinner of SmartCamp London, Andiamo creates a new orthotics service for disabled children using 3D scanning and printing technology. Their goal is to provide high qulaity orthotics and reduce waiting times. More than that, Andiamo is about improving the quality of life for their patience and the caregivers. Follow them on Twitter .

Jelastic
jelastic_logoWinner of SmartCamp Moscow, Jelastic has a Platform-as-Infrastructure solution that combines the flexibility of IaaS with the ease of use of PaaS within a single platform for a fraction of the cost of existing virtualized environments. Jelastic provides a turnkey private, public or hybrid cloud that works for innovative and legacy applications. Currently, Jelastic platform supports Java, PHP, Ruby, Python, Node.js (.NET is coming) and a wide range of stacks. Follow them on Twitter @Jelastic.

Kinetise
kinetise_logoWinner of SmartCamp Warsaw, Kinetise’s SaaS solution allows you to create even the most complex and advanced applications, with an engine that supports a wide variety of functionality, design freedom, 2-way communication with external servers, user authentication and integration with various popular APIs. Kinetise fills a gap in IBM’s MobileFirst portfolio. Follow them on Twitter @Kinetise.

Magick
Magick_logoWinner of SmartCamp Nordic, Magick is a Danish software development company specializing in cloud-based financial trading technology. Their solution specializes in foreign exchange trade automation and is easily configured by the user with an intuitive client interface that runs on any Web browser. Their solution has the added security of the cloud making it easier for traders to access their data from any computer, tablet or mobile device. Follow them on Twitter @MAGICKnu.

Momit
momitWinner of SmartCamp Madrid, Momit develops products and solutions using Cloud, Big Data and Data Mining technologies, which enable significant energy savings in our homes. Momit’s solutions learn from user behavior, comparing and improving the use of energy control systems, and adapting the devices to the customer habits. Follow them on Twitter @greenmomit.

SecludIT
secluditlogoWinner of SmartCamp Lille, SecludIT’s solution brings Elastic Security to cloud infrastructure providers who need to provide on-demand computing resources to their customers without compromising with security. SecludIT’s innovative and patented Elastic Security technology solve theses issues and allows users to automatically define and maintain an appropriate security parameter whatever the changes in the infrastructure. Follow them on Twitter @SecludIT.

Social Bullguard
socialbullgardlogoWinner of SmartCamp Milan, Social Bullguard’s platform gathers all relevant interactions coming from email or social media. All these posts, comments, emails ecc are then filtered based on the analysis of both the content of the interaction and the profile of the person that interacted. A tag based routing then makes sure that each post is redirected to the best person to answer. Follow them on Twitter @SocialBullguard.

Tiramizoo
tiramizoo_logoWinner of SmartCamp Berlin, Tiramizoo provides a same-day delivery solution for local e-tailers and retailers. Their solution combines online and offline shopping and support using a multi-channel concept. Follow them on Twitter @tiramizoo.

WakingApp
wakingapp_logoWakingApp, winner of SmartCamp Tel Aviv, is a startup that has developed solutions and a platform for creating advanced, interactive augmented reality with multi-user interaction, live data feeds, personalization, social activities, and live 3D games. With their “drag & drop” platform, it is easy for anyone to start creating a 3D experience! Follow them on Twitter @WakingApp.

Register now to attend this great SmartCamp event!

Dominik Blattner talks about Cupenya and being part of the IBM family!

Recently, Cupenya was a finalist at the SmartCamp Dallas event. Their solution is a super-fast analytics engine that, after taking in all your company’s data, can predict what your next move should be to ensure smooth operations!

Cupenya is PureSystems certified and runs on WebSphere and DB2. They are also part of the SoftLayer Catalyst Startup Program and have started using Bluemix!

Listen to what Dominik Blattner, CEO of Cupenya, says about the power and advantages of partnering with IBM through the Global Entrepreneur Program!

It’s all roses for Rosie at SmartCamp Cambridge

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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!

BlueMix Days are coming to you worldwide

We set out to educate the ecosystem on our new Codename: BlueMix platform with 100 BlueMix Days hands-on workshops, but the program has taken off and is soaring way past 100! We’ve got nearly 200 BlueMix Days planned around the world, and the workshops have expanded into three BlueMix Days tracks:

  1. BlueMix Meetups – Participants can relax, network and listen to IBM experts provide an overview and live demo of Codename: BlueMix.
  2. BlueMix Advantage – Developers and business leasders can hear how BlueMix and SoftLayer offer a low-risk, secure, const sensitive environment.
  3. BlueMix Hands-On Workshops – Participants can build and deploy applications on BlueMix (built on SoftLayer) and its service like DevOps and Data.

For more information, watch the embedded video and see the image below.

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BlueMix Days infographic for worldwide events

IBM Global Entrepreneur Day: Innovate. Transform. Grow.

IBM Entrepreneur Week is coming in February, and there are many ways you can be involved!

For example, Day 2 of our Entrepreneur Week, or IBM Global Entrepreneur Day as we call it, is where you can network and learn from your local ecosystem of entrepreneurs, VCs, academic leaders, accelerators, IBM executives and IBM Business Partners.

Held at 45+ locations worldwide, chances are there’s one happening near you. Find an event near you and register to attend!

Check out the image of our flyer below for more information, including the day’s agenda.

Infographic of Day 2 - IBM Global Entrepreneur DayBe sure to visit IBM Global Entrepreneur Week for more opportunities to get involved!

Despite turmoil in Cairo, spirit of entrepreneurship endures

egypt-3july2013-500-celeb-kidToo often in recent days, we turn on our TVs to see images of violence and political turmoil in Cairo. But behind the turmoil, there are businesses working to grow and entrepreneurs striving to make the world a better place.

Egypt has a strong academic foundation with 25 public and 34 private universities, and it is working to build a better information and communication technology infrastructure to serve national development priorities and contribute to the global market. There are several programs in Egypt which support this goal, such as the Information Technology Institute (ITI) which provides specialized software development tools to new graduates, and the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) which aims to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in technology.

IBM is proud to be an involved and contributing part of the Egyptian economy since 1954, and now, in conjunction with TIEC and Endeavor Egypt, we will be holding an IBM Global Entrepreneur Mentor Day on September 8th. The Mentor Day will encourage entrepreneurs to grow their business sand guide them with ideas to enhance their operation and visibility.

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What is a Global Entrepreneur Mentor Day?

Mentor Days connect promising, early-stage tech startups with business leaders, tech gurus, and entrepreneurial experts for one-on-one mentoring sessions. Through these mentoring sessions, startups are able to evaluate their business models and find ways to grow and improve. If you are a startup in Egypt looking to apply for the September 8th Mentor Day, you can submit your application here. The deadline to apply is August 31st.

Don’t want to apply as a startup but still want to be part of the fun? Register to attend the public afternoon portion of the Mentor Day, where you can hear the startups’ presentations, hear expert speakers, and mingle with business and technology leaders. Email aboualy@eg.ibm.com to register.

Be a part of the first IBM Global Entrepreneur event in Egypt!

Mentor Day: Amsterdam

What do you do when you work in a lab that has invested thousands in high-tech equipment but is still recording its findings in a three-ring binder? Most people might think to themselves, “there should be a better way to do this,” and then forget about it. But not Maarten Dokter, who founded Labficiency, one of the three startups that participated in yesterday’s Mentor Day in Amsterdam. Our three startups recognized problems and inefficiencies and set out to fix them.

labficiencyDokter is now developing a workflow and data-management platform with a mission to eliminate notebooks from laboratories altogether. The platform will allow scientists to more efficiently store, manage, search, and share data–a world away from the capabilities of a notebook.

The mentor day that took place in Amsterdam yesterday was attended by eleven mentors and three startups. The startups gave ten minute pitches to three groups of mentors and then spent 30 minutes fielding questions and receiving guidance. The startups then regrouped and repitched their ideas in only seven minutes, while making use of the advice that they received in the first round.

lucipher The mentors awarded one startup, Lucipher, a chance to compete as a finalist in a SmartCamp event later on in the year. Lucipher is a data storing and sharing service for enterprises. What makes this startup unique is the security that it provides for enterprises that want to use cloud services.

The founders of Lucipher, Pieter van Beek and Evert Lammerts, recognized that there were many industries that could not take advantage of the cloud revolution because of security issues. Medical Centers, Academia, Corporate R&D departments, governments, and police, to name a few, cannot use unencrypted cloud services. Lucipher provides these industries with end-to-end encryption, which means that data is encrypted before it enters into the cloud.

Congratulations, Pieter and Evert!

24pulseThe third startup that attended is 24Pulse. The founder, Remy Gillet, has an interest in developing opportunities in the mobile space. 24Pulse connects current IT systems with employees’ mobile devices. Their mission is to improve the speed of personalized data distribution and reach to employees. Their target markets include healthcare, transaction monitoring, and revenue assurance. The platform is easy to set up and tailor for every individual business’ needs.

Thank you to all of our mentors and entrepreneurs for participating in Mentor Day!

Stay tuned – more mentor days to come in the coming weeks!

Mentor Day recap: Lund, Sweden

Mentorday Lund#2On Wednesday April 10th, IBM Global Entrepreneur hosted a Mentor Day in Lund, Sweden, where five early-stage tech startups participated to receive expert mentoring and have a chance to be selected for an upcoming IBM SmartCamp competition. The five startups who participated were:

Cook’n Smile – Provide social platform for innovation on food and sustainable development
E-Maintenance – Provide platform for making more cost-effective maintenance decisions
Kvittar – Transforming paper receipts into a digital form to help you organize
Oricane – A big data startup providing faster solutions that use a fraction of the hardware
Pinstriped – Digital agency with creative solutions for better client performance
TimeZynk – Provides cloud platform for personnel planning, communication & reporting

Mentorday Lund#5An excellent team of mentors was also present to give the startups advice on how to improve their business pitches and continue to grow their company. The mentors had a range of expertise in business and technical development and entrepreneurship. 

Not only did the day allow the entrepreneurs to learn from experts, but also from each other. One of the startup participants, Ingemar Petterson, founder of Kvittar, commented, “It has been exciting to work across a network of different Global Entrepreneur members. We have been able to talk about some of the issues that we are dealing with, with experts but also fellow entrepreneurs. The opportunity to bounce off ideas and discuss solutions is something I would not have been without.”

Mentorday Lund#8At the end of the day two participants, Kvittar and TimeZynk, were selected to go to the interview stage for an upcoming SmartCamp. Congratulations to those two startups and a big thank you to all who participated!

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