On September 19, 2013 in Mountain View at the Computer History Museum, IBM held their North America Regional SmartCamp “Looking for Entrepreneurs who want to Build a Smarter Planet!” Startups had access to venture capitalists, industry experts, press, entrepreneurial organizations, academics, marketing and technology experts. Winners go on to compete for IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year for 2013. Claudia Fan Munce, IBM Managing Director, Venture Capital Group and Vice President Corporate Strategy moderated panelists John China of Silicon Valley Bank, Mark Gorenberg of Hummer Winblad and Bill Reichert of Garage Technology Ventures who talked about what they look for in startups. Phil Gilbert, General Manager, IBM Design gave the first keynote and Chris Shipley, CEO, Guidewire Labs gave the second. Eric Apse, Partner with IBM’s Venture Capital Group introduced the contestants Josh Alexander of Toopher, Michael Gresty of Rifiniti, Barry Hill of Connectem, Ying Tam of Mindful Scientific and the two winners Lance Donny of OnFarm Systems and Scott Megill of Coriell Life Sciences.
Also attending were Susan Lucas Conwell, Vish Mishra, Nina Paolo, Kelly Porter and Ann Winblad.
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