New Delhi:IBM (NYSE:IBM) announced Zippr Private Limited as the winner of its IBM Smartcamp forSmart City 2016 challenge, an exclusive program aimed at identifying Startups having cutting edge innovations across sectors like Energy & Utility, Transportation, Sanitation, Water, Citizen Management, Safety and Surveillance and Agritech in India. TartanSense and Get My Parking were second and third winners respectively. The event held on November 18, 2016 in New Delhi was a great opportunity for the participating startups to present their solutions to a panel of VCs, angel investors, enterprise CIOs, IBM executives and key influencers across various domain.
IBM SmartCamp is a part of IBM’s Global Entrepreneur program initiative. The event was aimed at identifying startups in the B2B and B2C space in India who are redefining the various redefine the healthcare industry through their technology innovations. The winners of IBM Smartcamp will be given access to IBM Cloud credits and can leverage the best of IBM technologies around Cognitive, Cloud, Analytics, Mobility, IoT and Infrastructure as a service. All participants will also get an opportunity to learn from IBM’s senior leadership and industry experts. IBM had also organized IBM Smartcamp for FinTech and HealthTech this year.
“We are excited to host the IBM Smartcamp for Smart City and witness innovations by startups across various services which impact our daily lives. The focus of IBM Smartcamp for Smart City was to provide the startups from various sectors an opportunity to showcase their products and get inputs first-hand from various industry stakeholders,” said Seema Kumar, Country Manager, Ecosystem Development, IBM India & SA. “At IBM, we believe in empowering the next generation of start-ups who are solving complex problems in the country. Our vision is to work with the startup ecosystem to co-create and co-innovate technologies which can be scaled globally by taking advantage of cognitive and cloud-based technologies.”
The winners were chosen after multiple level of screenings and panel rounds by the jury members. The winners were judged on various parameters like innovative solution, features & demos, ability to scale, team behind the product, and the market size they are addressing with their solution.
The winner of the IBM Smartcampfor Smart City 2016, Aditya Vuchi founder of Zippr Private Limited said, “We are honored to be the winner of IBM Smartcamp challenge and glad that we got an opportunity to get valuable insights from industry veterans. Their mentorship will help us on improving our offering and scale up techniques and become more viable for future investments. Our solution is aimed at streamlining India’s address system which is fragmented and unstructured due to explosive economic growth in the last 20 years. By being a part of IBM Global Entrepreneur program we are excited to be mentored by IBM and get guidance to leverage new age technologies like Cloud and Cognitive. We want to be world-class solution provider and solve issues around address discovery and its efficient implementation across many verticals including emergency services, public distribution systems, healthcare, local commerce and logistics.”
IBM Global Entrepreneur Programis a startup initiative by IBM which engages with the startups and provides them free cloud credits on IBM Cloud Solutions worth $24,000 for one year. With this initiative IBM also provides technical mentoring, assist the go to market and work with the accelerators of India. The primary focus for IBM through Smartcamp is to identifying the next gen Startups in different industries and helping them scale.
Next in line in the Smartcamp series is the Smartcamp for Deep Tech will be organized in Bangalore. IBM Global Entrepreneur program is accepting applications from B2B and B2C Startups less than 5 years having innovations around areas like IoT,Big Data & Analytics, Security, Storage, BI, Mobile, Cognitive & Machine Learning, Blockchain, Social, Infrastructure Services Management or Cloud. The link for applying is http://ibmgepindia.com/deeptech/