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IBM to Run Smart Camp for Guadalajara Startups

The IBM Smart Camp on September 12 will provide the most outstanding entrepreneurs in Guadalajara with the opportunity to pitch their startups before a panel of experts and the general public.

“IBM is looking for global entrepreneurs who want to build a smarter planet,” the multinational firm announced at the August edition of iTuesday, a monthly forum for investors, entrepreneurs and academics, which took place at the Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM) campus in Guadalajara’s Zapopan district.

Of all the applicants, those judged to be the best five will compete at the IBM Campus Tecnologico in Guadalajara, with the winner going on to challenge at a nationwide Smart Camp in Mexico City. The winner of that event will then advance to a grand final in California’s Silicon Valley.

IBM does not offer cash prizes to Smart Camp winners. Instead, with the aim of helping them build stronger, more profitable companies, it rewards winners with mentoring, market visibility, access to IBM experts and customers, and partnership opportunities with IBM, as well as its industry partners and related venture capital firms.

All entrants will have the opportunity to amplify their network of contacts, while those selected to take part in the Guadalajara Smart Camp will receive expert feedback and advice from the judges. All five finalists will also be invited to join IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program, which offers a wide range of useful products, solutions and services.

To be eligible for application, startups must be technology-based, they must have less than five years on the market and they must have sales of under $10 million USD in the last year. To register, or for more information, visit Inscription closes on Aug. 18.

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This story originally appeared in our sister publication, Global Delivery Report.

Duncan Tucker

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