IBM Global Entrepreneur Program

Build, launch, and scale your business on IBM Cloud

Startups can receive up to $120K IBM Cloud credits

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Empowering startups, driving innovation

It takes more than hard work and determination to transform an idea into an enterprise. By applying the technology, scale, and resources of IBM to your startup solution you can quickly bring your business to market fast alongside a global community of business experts, corporate executives, and industry leaders who are ready and waiting to support you along your startup journey. Join the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program and receive up to $120K IBM Cloud credits for platform or infrastructure as a service. That means you can start deploying your application quickly with Bluemix or start building your solution securely with SoftLayer. Apply Today.

Go-to-market support

IBM connects you with an extensive network of partners and clients to help you get ready for market. Attend major international events and conferences, gain access to potential funding opportunities, or compete in IBM SmartCamp, a global competition for rising startups to compete for the title of IBM Global Entrepreneur of the year while learning, growing and getting prepared to go-to-market along the way.

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Technical expertise

Consult in-person or virtually with technical experts who will guide you through applying IBM Cloud technology to your ideas and help you migrate from your existing infrastructure or platform. As a program member, you qualify for technical enablement, training, and support, whether your solution is related to Watson, Mobile, Internet of Things, or beyond. Connect with a local Cloud Advisor to gain direct live access to a technical professional.

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Business mentorship and services

Design your ideal mentorship experience. Connect with a global network of business experts. Choose to be part of IBM SmartCamp, network with other founders and startup teams in your local city, or tap into the comprehensive network of IBM research centers, distinguished engineers, and developers with experience in cutting-edge technology and services. If your business has additional needs, you can enjoy a range of service discounts for things like hotels, car rentals, and beyond.

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Build & run your app with Bluemix

  • Deploy an application on the Bluemix platform in minutes
  • Experience choice and variety of services from a community of partner technologies
  • Power your cognitive solution with IBM Watson Services
  • Enjoy simple and rapid onboarding of embedded devices through the Internet of Things Foundation

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Scale securely with SoftLayer

  • Take advantage of infrastructure as a service with SoftLayer
  • Use bare metal servers
  • Explore single-tenant storage solutions
  • Enjoy Network-of-networks architecture
  • Stay flexible open stack

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