This is the culmination of 18 months effort involving over 650 applications, 200 mentors and 8 cities in Europe, Israel and North America. The event is happening in Dublin as part of Innovation Dublin Week which in turn is part of a global series of activities under the Global Entrepreneur Week program led by the Kauffman Foundation.
Martin Kelly, Partner – Venture Capital Group IBM EMEA, who is one of the driving forces at IBM behind this initiative, is interviewed in this short video clip
Treemetrics – A Forestry Management Company are the overall SmartCamp winner. They will receive a three month mentorship program with IBM to help them build an â€˜investor readyâ€™ proposition. They also receive entry into the NDRC program with also includes funding of up to â‚¬25,000.
HeyStacks – a social search company also received entry into the NDRC program
Green Diamond – An Energy Efficiency Management Company won the Vodafone mentorship and and investment offer from AIB Seed Capital Fund will â‚¬50,000 .
SmartCamp is an exclusive networking and mentoring event for entrepreneurs with global ambitions. The program is dedicated to great entrepreneurs who believe that technology can make our world a better place. It provides access to world-class advisors plus a direct route to seed and venture capital.
Five finalists will be invited to attend an intensive 1 day event session on October15th. This event will be held in the Dublin City Council â€œMy Dublinâ€ Conference Centre located at the Civic Offices on Wood Quay, Dublin.
Each company will meet and have informal discussions with groups of experienced entrepreneurs, international VCâ€™s and executives from large corporations. A total of 25 mentors will be split into teams of 5, meeting each company seperately for a 45 minute roundtable.
An overall winner will be chosen and announced at the closing of the event.
Partners involved with Smartcamp include Seedcamp and the NDRC