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A global pitch competition for early-stage startups
hosted by IBM and LAUNCH.

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IBM SmartCamp is teaming up again with

and angel investor Jason Calacanis to provide the world's most innovative new startups the ultimate startup experience in Silicon Valley.


  1. Compete in a local SmartCamp
    The IBM SmartCamp experience begins in a city near you in August 2016. Six applicants will be invited to participate in a half-day startup bootcamp followed by a live pitch competition.

  2. Announcement of 10 Global Semi-Finalists
    Ten semi-finalists are selected from the group of city winners by a committee of judges, put together by IBM and LAUNCH. Semi-finalists will be notified by December 31, 2016.

  3. SmartCamp Global Finals at LAUNCH Festival
    Ten semi-finalists are invited as VIPs to San Francisco's biggest startup conference, LAUNCH Festival for two days of exhibiting in a SmartCamp pavilion, mentorship, learning from top founders, and networking. Three finalists will win a spot to pitch on stage in the SmartCamp Global Finals and an interview with Jason Calacanis on his podcast, This Week in Startups. One winner will land a spot in the LAUNCH Incubator, which includes a $25,000 USD investment on a capped convertible note from the LAUNCH Fund.

See the 2015 finalists here:


2016 Cities