Big Blue Launches IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups
“As we begin our process to select our newest class of startups, which we will help to accelerate and grow, programs such as IBM’s are critical in helping to create a strong and steady flow of promising innovators,” said Gabriella Draney, co-founder and CEO of Tech Wildcatters, a mentor-driven, seed fund and tech accelerator for young B2B companies. Via face-to-face events and CIO and entrepreneur meet-ups, IBM will provide young, emerging tech companies with the exposure, connections and partnerships critical in the early stages of growth. As they develop products and scale, entrepreneurs will also be provided with technical support and consulting through IBM’s physical, global network of more than 40 Innovation Centers, new incubator space in New York's Silicon Alley, and Bluemix Garage in San Francisco’s Galvanize startup hub, all of which also host local tech community events and meet-ups. “IBM is the only large tech firm offering face-to-face, in-person connections to enterprises and mentoring that is so critical for early stage companies,” said Robin Hrassnigg, CEO of Diabetizer, a German startup and IBM partner recently recognized by the World Health Organization for its innovative health care app, in a statement. “As our company continues to scale our app, which uses cognitive computing and cloud to help diabetics manage their treatment with flexibility and accuracy, we will increasingly look to these types of in-depth connections to bring our approach to big data to different industries.” The cloud is reshaping how organizations use big data, mobile and more to develop everything from interactive mobile apps to biomedical devices. By 2016, more than one-quarter of all apps–around 48 million–will be available in the cloud, and 85 percent of new software today is built for the cloud, according to IBM’s Global Technology Outlook and IDC.Grid Mobile, a New York City-based mobile software and communications venture based in the Grand Central Tech accelerator, is another startup teaming up with IBM for the technology tools and connections it needs to grow. Leveraging IBM’s resources for entrepreneurs, Grid Mobile’s founders plan to transform mobile service via a secure, integrated mobile-first communications platform. “As the breadth of services, capabilities and partners using the IBM Cloud continues to grow, making our cloud more accessible to early-stage startups around the world is critical to accelerating innovation in a tremendous range of industries–from health care to banking and everything in between,” said Sandy Carter, general manager of Ecosystem Development at IBM, in a statement. “What the tech industry can do with big data, analytics and cognitive computing via the cloud is limitless, and helping push these ideas to the forefront of what larger enterprises are thinking and demanding for their customers will help solve some of the largest challenges facing businesses today.”
"The IBM Bluemix offering is the industry’s first major step toward connecting the startup community to the power of the cloud,” said Brad Hunstable, CEO and founder of Ustream, a San Francisco-based startup now providing video streaming services to more than 80 million users, in a statement. "Through Bluemix, Ustream aims to help developers easily incorporate powerful video-streaming features into their applications."