It’s been 8 years since IBM began producing IBM SmartCamp, a global pitch competition providing founders everywhere with coaching, mentorship, connections, and a stage to share their businesses with the world.

Every year the competition has evolved to provide more value to an increasingly more impressive group of startups. For the last two years, a partnership with Silicon Valley angel investor Jason Calacanis has helped provide 10 semi-finalists with an incredible opportunity to come to San Francisco, demo at LAUNCH Festival, and compete for $25,000.


This year there were twenty-six local SmartCamp: Build events where early-stage startups in San Francisco, London, Tokyo and beyond went head-to-head pitching their companies to compete for a spot in the 2017 SmartCamp semi-finals.

A group of judges from IBM and LAUNCH then judged the winners from each city to select ten semi-finalists. And today we’re excited to announce who they are!

The 2017 IBM SmartCamp: Build semi-finalists are:

Aid Technology (London): Bringing transparency and efficiency to the distribution of funds and social services by governments & NGOs. (Mexico City): Get qualified on-demand workers in 24 hours.

ATCARTA (Seoul): Spatially Accurate Virtual Reality for Real Estate.

Flock (London): Data-driven risk analysis for drones.

Legal Robot (San Francisco): Helping businesses understand legal language using AI.

Motorleaf (Montreal): Turn any indoor garden into a connected, smart garden.

Nuco (London, Ontario): Allows enterprise clients to seamlessly set up a private blockchain.

Pyrenees Inc (Tokyo): Driving assistance system for every car.

Robokind (Dallas): Advanced social robotics.

RufusLabs (Los Angeles): Wearable technology for a superhuman workforce.

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All ten semi-finalists will attend LAUNCH Festival as VIPs where they will have demo tables, lunch with Jason Calacanis, and network with Silicon Valley investors.

Three finalists will pitch on stage at LAUNCH Festival. They’ll also land an interview spot on the podcast “This Week in Startups”.

And one lucky startup will win a $25,000 investment from Jason Calacanis and a spot in the LAUNCH Incubator.

Congratulations to all the semi-finalists!

Check out the IBM Global Entrepreneur program to tap into other events like SmartCamp and access resources to advance your startup’s success.

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