IBM SmartCamp semi-finalist startup companies announced

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...

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Meet the inspiring startups paving the way for innovation with IBM SmartCamp

If you have been following along with the IBM SmartCamp story, I am happy to share with you a list of this year’s SmartCamp semi-finalists, who have competed in cities around the world after working with the IBM team and local experts to refine their startup solutions. If you haven’t been following the story, you...

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To raise capital you need a startup roadshow

In the world of big finance, before a company IPOs, the CEO along with an investment banker(s) go on a global roadshow to pitch their businesses to potential investors, including: hedge funds, major investment funds, and other portfolio managers. The purpose is simple: drum up sales of the forthcoming stock issue. In the startup world,...

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Mentorship in action: LAUNCH Festival with director of community development, Rich Maloy

We’re on our final day of LAUNCH Festival and I’m sure there were a lot of exciting things happening on the stages, but for me and the IBM Global Entrepreneur team, the real action was in the mentor office hours we ran all day long. Mentorship is at the heart of the startup community. Experienced...

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STARTUPS: Three Partner Judo Moves to Help You Work With Large Companies

When you think about large organizations, it’s about complexity. Here’s a few words of wisdom to keep in mind from IBM’s Vice President of Business Development, Nigel Beck. You can start with these three simple rules of thumb, and learn more in his full video from LAUNCH Festival 2015. Watch the video Three Partner Judo...

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IBM SmartCamp Global Finals spotlight: Rosie

As we prepare for the upcoming IBM SmartCamp Global Finals, we’ll be showcasing each of the finalists (in no particular order) leading up to the event itself. If you’ve been following our blog, you know that each finalist has had to compete on a local, and then regional, level to make the final cut. The...

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