As part of our Global Entrepreneur Programme, Cloud Ecosystem hosts SmartCamp events annually and offers startups the opportunity to get training from, network with, and pitch to top-tier mentors from local businesses, academia, entrepreneurs and VCs. This year, the MEA team hosted five events and the six winners now go into the selection process for Semi-Finals at LAUNCH Scale, an exclusive invite-only event in Silicon Valley in October.
SmartCamp Johannesburg was held on 17 September at the new IBM Client Centre at 90 Grayston Drive, Sandton. With 7 start-ups participating, it was especially exciting to have two female startups as part of the line up, with diversity being a major focus for IBM South Africa. Historically no female startups have participated in South Africa SmartCamp events.
The participants spent the day with 22 mentors from local businesses, academia, entrepreneurs and VCs and there were 5 judges to deliberate over the winning pitch. The event was opened by @SULEMAN, ZIAAD (Ziaad) and closing remarks with the announcement of the winner presented by @Ilse, Cilliers.
M4Jam: “Money 4 Jam” is a micro jobbing platform. They launched their solution as a platform as a service model taking the concept of “earn” to existing communities and enabling people to earn extra cash while going about their daily routine by using apps that they are already using most. They are exploring Watson Analytics for insights on the data they capture.
The 2015 Global SmartCamps where hosted in collaboration with angel investor, and serial entrepreneur, Jason Calacanis and LAUNCH Media across the globe. If selected for Semi-Finals, these start-ups will attend LAUNCH Scale, an exclusive, invite-only event in Silicon Valley with the aim to make it to the finals to pitch live at LAUNCH Festival and win IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year and a slot in the LAUNCH incubator, with a $25k investment.
For more information about MEA Cloud Ecosystem and the programmes, please contact @Basson, RF (Rene). IBMers can engage with IBM MEA Cloud Ecosystem on social media @dvWorks_Africa. Tag your photos #IBMCloud. Or IBM SmartCamps and LAUNCH @IBMSmartCamp and @LAUNCH. Tag your photos #IBMSmartCampMEA.