IBM Entrepreneur Week: Big Blue's Own Innovation Olympics
SPONSORED CONTENT: In early February, entrepreneurs, VCs and IBM execs will gather at a series of worldwide events culminating in the SmartCamp Global Finals in San Francisco.IBM is kicking off a five-day event on Feb. 3, 2014, that spans more than 40 countries and will bring together entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, company executives and academic leaders in a series of virtual and in-person gatherings. IBM Entrepreneur Week honors innovation and the tech startups that are laying the groundwork for a smarter planet. IBM invites innovators to take part (registration is free). And the agenda is packed with opportunities to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, network with venture capitalists and industry luminaries, and explore how IBM's global reach, deep well of IT resources and leading-edge know-how can help turn a startup's back of the napkin idea into a reality. San Francisco, a hotbed of tech startup activity, will host one of the Entrepreneur Week's biggest events, the IBM SmartCamp Finals. At the Bentley Reserve on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 6, the eight finalists, including Coriell Life Sciences and OnFarm, will vie for the People's Choice Award and the big prize, IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year. Entrepreneur Insights takes place at Le Meridien earlier that day. Participants are encouraged to share their "war stories" in interactive sessions. Successful entrepreneurs will explore the latest trends and spill their strategies for overcoming challenges to make their mark in the business world.
Not everyone can make it to San Francisco, so IBM is going global for Entrepreneur Week.