IBM launches SmartCamp for entrepreneurs in New Zealand and Australia

IBM launches SmartCamp for entrepreneurs in New Zealand and Australia

Goal: Foster an ecosystem of innovation among local start up communities, venture capitalists and industry groups.

IBM’s first SmartCamp in Australasia is now open for submissions. SmartCamp aims to create a local IT ecosystem for innovative early stage start-ups, connecting entrepreneurs with IBM technology, mentors, venture capitalists and industry experts to help build a Smarter Planet.

Submissions will close on 15 August 2012. Finalists will be announced on 22 August 2012 and will be asked to present their business idea to a panel of IT experts at the SmartCamp event in Sydney on 6 September 2012.

The ANZ winner will also receive a three month mentorship from IBM, and the chance to progress to the regional SmartCamp event in Beijing.

SmartCamp Sydney offers local innovative start-ups the opportunity to present their business to some of the most visible IT experts in our industry, and to also get access to IBM technology in order to grow,” says Phil Sheehan, ISV and Developer Relations, IBM New Zealand.

“As an example, we help talented start-ups like the recent Boston SmartCamp winner Skyfoundry to help build a network of valuable contacts that can enable them to grow and take their technology business to the next level. Despite having only three and half employees, IBM sees big potential in its technology to help solve some of society’s most pressing challenges.”

In 2012, there are 13 IBM SmartCamp events including, Miami, New York City, Munich, Bangalore, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Paris, Istanbul, London, Cape Town, Mexico City and Dublin. Winning companies from these events will have the opportunity to participate in one of the four regional SmartCamp events in Boston, Beijing, Berlin and Sao Paolo. The winners of the SmartCamp events will further move on to participate in the 2012 Global Finals and be named IBM Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Join the CIO New Zealand group on LinkedIn. The group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, COOs, CTOs and senior IT managers.

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