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.
–Bluemixis 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
Based in the heart of Sao Paulo, IBM Brazil will host the IBM SmartCamp Latin America Regional Finals on Nov. 13th! The top 6 startups from Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil will compete to advance to the Global Finals! To attend the event, you must register!
One startup will advance to the Global Finals: the Judge’s Choice! However, you can help decide who wins the popular People’s Choice Award by voting for your favorite startup!
Let’s take a look at our 6 finalists:
dod Clients can invest and maintain several active robots simultaneously, and each robot is capable of monitoring a diverse selection of financial assets concurrently. dod has developed a pioneer solution regarding the use of Robots as a Service (RaaS) in a simple way, providing capabilities such as drag and drop, play and stop buttons, and much more. It works with a vigorous risk management system accompanied by sophisticated strategies to maximize consistent profitable returns. dod has a simple design and is very flexible and instinctive.
Inventsys Inventsys designed Citysys, an innovative solution to help government better manage public inventories and operations in the field. This solution is a powerful asset management platform based on a cloud control panel and a mobile application, in which any kind of item or operation can be inventoried/tracked easily. After the inventory building phase, users can register incidents in plan events, and the system will automatically generate and forward work orders to any service provider based on a Smart work order handling filter. Citysys is not a Citizen Complaining Tool. It is a real time, mobile and paperless platform to revolutionize small cities asset management procedures.
Netshow.me Netshow.me serves as an additional live-media channel for online marketing, allowing live content monetization and strengthening the relationship among broadcasters with their fan bases (live interaction, audience mailing and creative rewards). Live streaming broadcasts gives them total freedom and autonomy to perform whenever and wherever they want. Follow them on Twitter @Netshowme.
Clip Clip provides card acceptance services for any person or business, regardless of the size of operation and takes all major credit and debit cards. Clip accepts card transactions through a sleek and easy-to-use piece of hardware that connects with an operator’s smartphone or tablet by fitting into the headphone jack of the device. Payments are automatically transferred into the merchant’s bank account every two business days with no monthly fee or minimum transaction amount required. Clip is only one of two companies in the world to have its own proprietary design for the card reader (the other is Square) and it uses a patented fraud protection program. Clip also provides its services through an SDK for developers.
StoreLevel StoreLevel provides consumer brands with real time in-store execution monitoring nationwide on-demand using crowdsourcing and mobile technology. Users download the App and execute missions based on the brands’ needs in exchange for cash rewards; hence providing supplemental income to tens of thousands of families. Brands analyze the results directly from their cloud based dashboard. StoreLevel has the largest mobile on demand workforce in Mexico. Follow them on Twitter @getwownder.
Ubidots Ubidots is a cloud service to store and analyze sensor data, making it very simple for hardware engineers to create applications for the Internet of Things. Through a clean and simple interface, they can create real-time dashboards, SMS/Email notifications, compute math formulas in the cloud, or even share sensor data with other users or applications – no web coding required. They also provide firmware libraries to make most popular devices Ubidots-compatible (Android, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Spark Cores, Electric Imps, etc.), as well as software libraries so they can extend their applications in their language of choice (Ruby, Python, C, Java or PHP). Follow them on Twitter @ubidots.
Kicking off the regional SmartCamps finals for 2014 is the IBM Regional SmartCamp Silicon Valley! The event will be held on Nov. 13th at The Regency Center in San Francisco. The event starts at 5 pm Pacific.
At the event, you can network and connect with successful serial entrepreneurs, academic institutions, industry thought leaders, entrepreneurial organizations, angel investors, venture capitalists and others who share a passion for entrepreneurship! All you have to do is register to attend!
Do you have a favorite startup in the Regional Finals? If so, you can vote for your favorite startup now!
And we have 6 incredible finalists from all over the United States competing! Let’s take a closer look at our finalists!
BeehiveID BeehiveID eliminates fraudsters and bad actors before they can cause trouble! BeehiveID uses advanced identity technologies to comb through data to establish the Beehive Identity Score. Their solution performs deep analysis of social data and biometric face matching on the back-end to ensure that social profiles represent real people. Online merchants use BeehiveID to prevent fraud, spam and abuse and ensure their user accounts are backed by genuine, unique individuals.
Digital Certainty Create thousands of landing pages in minutes and Digital Certainty will find the highest converting option! Digital Certainty’s automated conversion optimization system makes traditional A/B testing obsolete. Its SaaS product allows marketing professionals without analytical backgrounds to increase conversions further and faster than is possible with manual testing. Digital Certainty’s machine-learning conversion optimization algorithms are increasing mobile and desktop sales issues that, until now, have only been tackled by data scientists using manual processes.
Drago Data is a wireless mobile data gathering application that is ideal for researchers, healthcare workers and emergency management personnel in underdeveloped areas. Drago Data is a data collection and management solution that can operate in areas where cellphones, wireless access and cloud infrastructure are not available.
eyeQ eyeQ provides brick-and-mortar retailers with innovative methods for understanding and engaging their customers! eyeQ provides the most advanced in-store marketing technology in the world to personalize, perfect, and deliver the messages that will move those choices in favor of our brand customers. The eyeQinsights system learns in-store shopper behavior and targets messaging to each shopper at his or her point of decision.
LIKECHARITY LIKECHARITY enables you to donate to your favorite charities by simply sending a text message from your mobile phone. LIKECHARITY is transforming the donor acquisition process for the charitable fundraising industry. The LIKECHARITY platform integrates TV, mobile, and social into a single technology platform. It helps donors engage with charity clients through the media donors are already using and consuming. And it enables charities to be more efficient, effective, and transparent, while our analytics enable predictable growth and scale.
Rosie Rosie lets you shop online for groceries at your favorite local stores. If you choose in-store pickup, all your items will be bagged and waiting for you at the front of the store. For retailers, Rosie provides e-commerce, delivery opportunities, and deep data services. Rosie harnesses big data to power its patented machine learning algorithms, which provide targeted shopper marketing insights for retailers and a fast, smart, convenient shopping experience for customers.
SmartCamp Madrid is coming up on 22-23 Oct, and it promises to be a great event for the city known for late night fun and tapas bars!!
To attend this great event, be sure to register for the public portion of the finalists’ pitches!
Help decide who wins the People’s Choice Award! Vote for your favorite startup for SmartCamp Madrid!
Let’s take a look at the 4 finalists!
Studies show that 9 out of 10 mobile Internet users have a smartphone in hand while watching TV. Increasingly, viewers are demanding interactivity between what they see on TV and their mobile devices.
FLUZO has a solution! FLUZO is a second screen technology that connects first and second screen (traditional media and new mobile devices) creating an interactive experience between traditional content and advertising formats.
FLUZO identifies any kind of audiovisual media, matches it against a giant database and synchronizes what is happening on your mobile, computer or tablet with that content.
Kompyte can track and analyze your competitors online moves in real time! Kompyte is the solution for online competitive intelligence. It monitors the main online channels of your competition, changes to web, social channels, online presence content, and is able to detect trends and analyze changes in prices.. all in real time!
Green Momit is an innovative company that develops products and solutions using cloud, big data and analytics, which enable significant energy savings in homes.
Green Momit products can learn from user behavior, comparing and improving the use of energy control systems, and adapting the devices to the customer habits. Their intelligent technology incorporates advanced mathematical algorithms and can be easily integrated within Smart Grid and Smarter Cities ecosystems.
Weplan is a free Android-based app that allows its users to find the phone plan that best fits their usage habits, taking into account every plan in the market. It also allows users from all Telcos to control their current phone plan expenditure, minutes, data and SMS.
Weplan’s mission is to become the perfect channel between costumers and Telcos. Weplan has over 150,000 downloads in Spain and is about to launch an improved unified app in most European countries.
Coriell Life Sciences is personalizing healthcare with help from IBM. Together, they are integrating genomic data into healthcare management to understand how a patient’s genetics might impact adverse reactions to medication.
Using IBM Smarter Process on Cloud, Coriell can manage the entire process from genetic testing up until the point that the information arrives directly into doctors’ hands. In addition, IBM Watson technology allows for real-time analytics to produce a confidence score around the likelihood of an adverse reaction.
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:
BlueMix Meetups – Participants can relax, network and listen to IBM experts provide an overview and live demo of Codename: BlueMix.
BlueMix Advantage – Developers and business leasders can hear how BlueMix and SoftLayer offer a low-risk, secure, const sensitive environment.
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.
This early adopter of the IBM Bluemix beta is bringing a menu of cloud, big data and mobile to restaurants, at the same time helping to reduce ‘apathy’ induced by downloading a separate app for every restaurant visited.
What a fantastic idea and a creative cloud solution!
Find out more about each of the finalists’ solutions in this brief video.
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!
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!
IBM Global Entrepreneur Program hosted the first IBM Startup Cafe in Bangalore. A small gathering of startups, technology enthusiasts, investors, marketing, media and Global Entrepreneur Program mentors had an interesting conversation on how each of us can help build a stronger startup ecosystem. Thanks to Chaipatty.com for the uninterrupted fueling of discussions with tea, coffee and momos.
While startups like itraveller, Jiffstore and Profoundis presented their ideas and business models, a stream of tech leaders from IBM India Software Labs evaluated and contributed their views on how IBM technology can help their technology roadmap. With mobility platform, tools and Softlayer cloud, there is a lot to explore. Each startup present had an inspiring story and opportunity for growth. The spirit of entrepreneurship was clearly the cause of celebration for the Friday evening.
Parag Dhol from Inventus Capital Partners spoke about some of the startups he has invested in and gave tips on what investors intrinsically look out for in a startup. Redbus was a beautiful example Parag spoke of as an “idea” versus “ability to execute”. Though the idea looked simple, the team had to manage the complexities that were faced both online and offline.
A lot can happen over tea and we certainly believe we need to engage with more startups in the future. One of the participant has this to say,
“I didn’t know what it was, but I was able to learn lot of new things. Software.. cloud.. many things. It actually changed my mind. I was scared of the first step, but I saw that each person had their ups and downs. It bought me lot of positive hopes, optimistic thoughts as well. Big big thanks for that opportunity!”