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, pending due diligence, in the LAUNCH Incubator, which includes a $25,000 USD investment on a capped convertible note from the LAUNCH Fund.


  • Startups must have an MVP (Minimum Viable Product).
  • Startups must be privately-held, less than 5 years old, with less than $1M USD in revenue.