Viva Las Vegas! SmartCamp Finals is here!


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 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!

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!

We have a new winner! Coriell Life Sciences

It’s been said before, and it certainly applies here: the competition was tough! It’s hard to imagine how difficult a decision this was for our judges. But, decide they did. The results are in!

Sandy Carter applauds Scott Megill of Coriell Life Sciences

Sandy Carter applauds Scott Megill of Coriell Life Sciences

The IBM SmartCamp Global Finals 2013 winner is Coriell Life Sciences! Congratulations to them!

It was probably the story Scott Megill, Coriell’s CEO, told while he was on stage. He spoke about Doris, an 85 year old woman who was taking 14 different medications. She’s faced with having to take a new medication now, Scott goes to say, but her doctor may not fully understand what kind of adverse side effects Doris could experience taking all these medications together.

That’s where Coriell Life Sciences enters the scene. With a simple swipe of the inside of her cheek, Coriell Life Sciences can determine whether or not the drugs shes taken are best for her. How do they do this? By looking at her DNA. With their DNA testing, Coriell Life Sciences is able to determine that Doris’ new medication might cause her serious health issues, like blood clotting. With this information, her doctor now has the complete information needed to make a better decision for her health.

And here’s a staggering figure: $135 Billion is wasted due to adverse drug reaction in the US. Not mention the most important thing, quality of life!

Coriell Life Sciences, like many of the other finalists, are in the business of saving lives. They are poised to be very successful, and people’s lives will be improved as a result.

Coriell Life Sciences wasn’t the only one to walk away with a trophy in hand. Shopa proved to be the most popular startup and they received the People’s Choice Award. Looking at the vote total, it was clear that Shopa has a very loyal fan base! Good on them!

All of the 2013 IBM SmartCamp Global finalists

All of the 2013 IBM SmartCamp Global finalists

Now, we celebrate with all the finalists. Tomorrow, we began focusing on the next round of startup competitions, as we prepare to crown the winner for 2014. Will that be you? It could be, if you’re a startup and compete in the IBM SmartCamp competition!

Come one, come all! IBM SmartCamp Global Finals!

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!

Register now for the afternoon session so you can watch our 8 finalists compete for first place and hear from our keynote, Eric Ries!

Here’s an infographic with the day’s agenda:

Infographic of IBM SmartCamp Global finals

LineMetrics wins the Mentor Day Vienna competition!

linemetericsCongratulations to LineMetrics for winning Mentor Day Vienna!

Photo of LineMetrics team

Congratulations to LineMetrics!

LineMetrics provides manufacturing analytics-as-a-service. They develop hardware and analytics cloud service to provide a do-it-yourself/one-stop-shop solution for their customers. They are enabling manufacturing companies to record and analyze sensor and machine data.


From l to r: Reinhard Nowak, CEO & Co-Founder; Wolfgang Hafenscher, CMO & Co-Founder; Alexander Dopler, COO & Co-Founder

Photo of participants in the Mentor Day Vienna

Congratulations to all the Mentor Day Vienna finalists!

Mentor Day recap: Austin, TX

On May 8th, IBM Global Entrepreneur hosted a Mentor Day at the IBM Innovation Center in Austin, Texas. The mentoring sessions coupled with Austin IBM Innovation Center’s Connect with the Ecosystem event made for an extremely successful day.

The event began with coffee and introductions of how the mentoring portion of the event would be conducted. The four startup finalists participating in the Mentor Day presented for 6 minutes followed by 4 minute Q&As from the mentors and selected IBM attendees.

After a lunch break, the mentoring sessions started. The startups were paired up with mentors that best aligned with their industry and areas of interest. They then gave their revised pitches which were rated by our mentors and voted on by the public in an online vote.

The audience then had the pleasure of hearing two great presentations. Jeff Eisen, IBM Chief Architect for Watson Core Technology, discussed some of the current work being done with Watson and the possibilities on the horizon. Rudy Garza, Texas Super Angel and founder and Managing Partner of G-51 Capital, offered his insights and expertise on entrepreneurship.

We were also joined on this Mentor Day by a very promising student company, Predictable Data from the University of Texas at Austin. They help small to medium businesses turn their customer and prospect databases into powerful sales and marketing assets. It’s exciting to see students with this kind of entrepreneurial drive!

At the end of the day, through the audience online voting coupled with the mentors’ scorecards, startup finalist Beyonic was selected to advance to the interview round of an upcoming IBM SmartCamp.

Thank you to the mentors and all the startups who participated, and all our attendees!

Upcoming Mentor Day: Silicon Valley, April 15th

On Monday, April 15th, the year’s fifth Mentor Day will be held at the IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley. Five promising startups will participate–check out their solutions below!

The startups will receive intense mentoring from business development experts, tech gurus, investors, and serial entrenpreneurs in the morning session, and later on the public event festivities will start at 6:30 pm. You can register for the public session here.

Connectem Inc.  is a provider of an IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) cloud computing solution for communications companies. Connectem has developed the first packet core platform designed to run in the cloud. The packet core is the computer that processes mobile data traffic moving between mobile handsets, dongles and the internet. This Cloud based packet core from Connectem, as opposed to traditional packet core, can be delivered to carriers for 1/10th the cost.

CloudPrime provides a cloud-based messaging solution as a service which enables customers to securely transfer data between applications and devices. Within minutes, you can connect application interfaces and begin transmitting messages securely without the use of VPNs or needing to modify your network / firewall.

FireWhat Inc now owns, the largest wildfire notification and news media site in the world. The solution provides real time information in a digital format, and will reduce the lag time in notifying the public of critical fire updates in a rapidly changing environment.

OnFarm delivers insight and understanding of critical agriculture data to growers, field staff, and consultants. Growers access OnFarm through an intelligent go anywhere dashboard empowering their entire organization to make better more informed decisions resulting in immediate impact on farm productivity and profitability.

ReferralMD streamlines the communication process between primary care and specialist providers. They offer care providers an affordable way to exchange, manage, and track referrals, authorizations, and progress updates while providing performance measuring tools to track trends, leakage, and participation.

Life after SmartCamp: 2012 global finalist StreetLight Data


StreetLight Data CEO and co-founder Laura Schewel gives her company’s pitch at the 2012 SmartCamp Global Finals.

Each year, the companies who make it to the SmartCamp Global Finals are always brilliant startups who are leaders in their field. But what happens once their SmartCamp journey ends? Most of them, like StreetLight Data, go on to do great things.

StreetLight Data was one of the 8 finalists at the 2012 SmartCamp Global Finals and one of only two startups representing North America at the event. Based in San Francisco, CA, and founded in 2011, StreetLight Data delivers next-generation geospatial business intelligence to support critical decisions and improve return on investment in marketing, site selection, urban planning, and economic development. They do this by repurposing and recombining data from traffic and transportation management systems (such as traffic jam alerts and navigation) to help retailers better understand the context in which their stores operate. This intelligence can lead to improved site selection, as well as other applications.

On April 5th, StreetLight Data announced that it has secured a seven-figure Euro funding in Series A financing. This new round of funding is co-led by Vision Ridge Capital Partners, a Boulder-based venture capital firm, and T­-Venture, the venture capital company of Deutsche Telekom. StreetLight is heavily investing in the development of its new product, StreetLight InSight, an analytic platform that stands to benefit greatly from the financial support:

“We have recently announced deals with several transportation and traffic data providers, such as AirSage and KSS Fuels, and this financing will allow us to bring on the additional team members to accelerate putting that data to use and integrating it into our platform,” said Laura Schewel, co-founder and CEO at StreetLight.

“Personally,” Schewel continues, “it means I get a couple years to make good on my belief and vision that StreetLight can improve the way we understand and make decisions about transportation. It’s an extraordinary opportunity. It also means I finally get to pay all the people I convinced to quit their jobs a reasonable salary, which is good too!”

Schewel also cites her company’s SmartCamp experience as a critical part of the journey to securing this new funding opportunity. She said that the mentorship she received through IBM SmartCamp was unique from the other advice she’s been given over the years, in that it taught her how to “distill the message and the focus of my company down to its essence. This has been critical in both fundraising AND in our sales process.”

This focus seems to be working as StreetLight Data has certainly captured the attention of venture capital. Reuben Munger, managing director for Vision Ridge Partners said, “We’re excited about StreetLight’s incredible mix of technical, transportation, and data expertise, as well as their dual financial and environmental value proposition. Their business provides both a game-changing analytic product for brick and mortar retail and a powerful source of information to support more transportation-efficient city planning and economic development. We’ve also been impressed by the strong vote of customer confidence as StreetLight has started marketing its product over the last quarter.”


Congratulations to StreetLight Data on securing this funding as they continue to develop their company and products. They are well on their way to making the planet a whole lot smarter!