IBM launches special program for startups building on the cloud!

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!

IBM SmartCamp Latin America: Seis startups incríveis competem!

IBM Brazil in Sao Paulo

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:

logo_dodClients 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.

logo_inventsysInventsys 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. 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.

logo_clipClip 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.

logo_Store_LevelStoreLevel 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.

logo_ubidotsUbidots 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.

Don’t forget to register to attend!

Regional finals for North America – SmartCamp style!

The Regency Center in San Francisco

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 Logo_Tagline_CMYKBeehiveID 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
DigitalCertainty.logoCreate 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
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.

eye_logoeyeQ 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-Connect-CMYK-05LIKECHARITY 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_logoRosie 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.

Don’t forget to register to attend! See you in San Francisco!

Larga vida Madrid! SmartCamp Madrid returns with 4 strong finalists!

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!

fluzo logoStudies 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 logoKompyte 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 logoGreen 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 logoWeplan 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.

Congratulations to the 4 finalists! Buena suerte!

Coriell Life Sciences transforms Healthcare Management with Smarter Process

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.

Coriell Life Sciences is an IBM Business Partner with the Global Entrepreneur Program and is the winner of the IBM SmartCamp Global Finals 2013.

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.

BlueMix Days infographic for worldwide events

MyMenu wins the IBM Pulse App Throwdown!

First, there were 5 finalists: STEALTHbits, Redis Labs, Silversky, CloudOne, and MyMenu. All of these IBM Business Partners have compelling cloud-based solutions. But one stood out from the rest, and that was MyMenu!

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.