IBM SmartCamp is an annual pitch competition among rising startups from around the world. Startups like yours get coached by local business leaders, investors, and industry experts and then pitch to a live audience of potential clients, partners, investors, and tech enthusiasts.

This year IBM is teaming with angel investor and serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis and his organization, LAUNCH Media, to provide 10 of this year’s SmartCamp winners from around the world the ultimate Silicon Valley experience.

Jason Calacanis is an investor in over 60 startups (including, Mint, Yammer).  He has a $10M angel fund and hosts the largest startup conference in the world, LAUNCH Festival. This year, three finalists will get to pitch live on stage at LAUNCH Festival and one lucky winner will be given a spot in the LAUNCH Incubator and a $25k investment by Calacanis.

Submit your application for a chance to participate in this amazing experience by visiting the following link, select 'San Francisco' or 'Silicon Valley' under the Cities menu:

The deadline for applications in San Francisco is Thursday, August 27 and for Silicon Valley is Wednesday, September 2.  

We will be hosting our pitch competition for San Francisco at WeWork on September 10 ( and in Silicon Valley at the Cuckoo's Nest on September 16 ( The public portion of the events will begin at 5:00PM with appetizers and refreshments.  Feel free to share this event with your network.
Please don't hesitate to reach out for more information.

Gold Sponsors

  • ibm
  • etown
  • angel
  • marvel
  • pills
  • xhtz

Silver Sponsors

  • yangpu
  • admob
  • sanyou
  • deloitte2
  • ms

Conference Sponsors

  • sina
  • alohar
  • chris
  • ddtv
  • icn
  • people
  • elMobile Inc.
  • Surdoc
  • reed
  • svbank
  • qihu
  • hsbc
  • aceq
  • svbuilder
  • ixia


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