Startups get access to technologies and mentorships to build next-gen solutions
IBM Innovation Space launched at Blk711, access to developerWorks community
IBM Corp has announced three new partnerships with NUS Enterprise, the Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF)’s 123JumpStart, and Telstra’s muru-D.
Through these partnerships, startups will gain access to technologies and mentorships to help them build next-generation solutions that contribute towards Singapore’s ‘Smart Nation’ initiative, IBM said in a statement.
“IBM has a deep commitment to the startup community. We have worked with over 2,000 startups globally through the Global Entrepreneurs Programme for Cloud Startups,” said IBM Singapore managing director Tim Greisinger.
“We are really excited to be taking a step further and providing startups with even more support through the IBM Innovation Space and our newly formed partnerships with NUS Enterprise, SiTF’s 123JumpStart and muru-D to jointly provide the resources to nurture local startups and build skills within the community,” he added.
Together with NUS Enterprise, the US tech giant has launched the IBM Innovation Space at [email protected], which will serve as a co-working space for startups to exchange ideas, develop new solutions on IBM’s cloud development platforms Bluemix and SoftLayer, and test out proof-of-concepts.
IBM technical evangelists will be onsite to help startups harness cloud, big data and analytics, mobile, IBM Watson, the Internet of Things and other emerging technologies in their product and services development, the company said.
Under the Global Entrepreneurs Programme for Cloud Startups (GEP4CS), IBM will offer up to US$120,000 of IBM Cloud Credits to selected startups.
This will be extended through its partnerships with NUS Enterprise, SiTF’s 123JumpStart and muru-D.
Members of the programme will have access to IBM’s research community, industry frameworks, and sales, marketing and technical assets, the company said in its statement.
They will also be able tap into over eight million IT professionals from around the world from within the IBM developerWorks community.
“We are delighted to partner with IBM to provide yet another valuable resource for entrepreneurs within the startup community,” said NUS Enterprise chief executive officer Dr Lily Chan (pic).
“We look forward to working with more corporate partners to offer further support to startup companies, helping them to develop unique products, shorten their time-to-market, and scale up their businesses for global markets,” she added.
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