IBM GEP SmartCamp India 2015 – Scaling Innovation2 years ago Shalini B
IBM is back with a bang with its second edition of a B2B startup competition. This year promises more than last year. There is a lot to add to your experience – including Awards, Certifications from IBM, personal product showcases to CIOs and IBM Executives, up-close interactions with Venture Capitalists and Government executives, mentoring services, extensive press coverage and grand prizes!
“In last year`s challenge we picked 30 B2B Startups pan India and they had an opportunity to pitch before VCs, IBM Execs get their valuable feedbacks. We also showcased the winner`s application to IBM Sales to explore synergies. “Says the proud team of SmartCamp India.
The winners got lot of Press coverage as well. The 2014 closing ceremony happened in front of an audience of 250+ entrepreneurs, and select VCs. Last year winners got benefited by getting customer leads, funding, recognition, establishing of synergies with IBM`s different group.
This year IBM plans to do SmartCamp across various cities. Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam are two of them.
It is a known fact that B2B firms have not seen as much success as B2C entrepreneurs have got. That is why IBM chooses to recognize this part of entrepreneurship and give these potential firms a chance to portray their skills and proficiencies in front of VC and incubators. If not funding, as participants you will at least get a chance to meet like-minded people.
The winners will be getting the following benefits –
• Award certificates
• An opportunity to present before eminent people in the Startup space to get suggestions and feedbacks from them.
• Coverage in Online magazines.
• A chance to be considered for the Regional Finals.
There will be 3 Regional finals namely Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. In the Regionals Finals, winners would be getting the following benefits besides the benefits listed above for cities.
– CIO Connects
– Showcasing the solution to a larger audience.
This will be followed by a Grand finale.
The judging panel of 2015 consist of eminent business people including Jason Mosakowski (Director, Software- India South Asia, IBM), Ravi Gururaj (NASSCOM – Executive council member), Sanjay Anandaram( Partner, Seedfund ventures), Dulles Krishnan(ED, Industry Solns – IBM APAC) etc.
This event is all set to happen acorss 9 cities – Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochi, Pune, Vizag, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Every city has its own deadline for registrations. For Hyderabad the last date to get yourself registered is the 24th of September 2015.
Hyderabad Event Details –
When – 29th September 2015
Where – TBD
Timings – 10.00 AM to 02.00 PM
10.00 AM to 01.00 PM – Pitching to Panel consisting of VCs, Angel Investors, Successful Entrepreneurs, Govt Secreteries
01.00 PM to 02.00 PM – Lunch
Looking for details of other cities? You can check it out here.
To register for SmartCamp 2015, please ensure that you fulfill the 3 key criterion
• You need to be a startup with B2B product or platforms
• Your startup needs to be less than five years old
• Your startup needs to be an IBM Global Entrepreneur Program Cloud Credit member or just the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program member
If you fulfill all the above criteria’s, you are good to go for registrations. Hurry up, and register your firm here.
So, here is your chance to think big, meet VCs, interact with industry experts, get mentored and change the world. Be there on 29th September 2015 and beat the world.