IBM (NYSE: IBM) has launched a new program for startups.
The IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups aims to provide startups with financial, technical and management resources to build innovations, scale and accelerate their growth.
Through the global initiative, qualifying startups will receive up to $120k worth of credits to put towards IBM Cloud usage, giving them the infrastructure needed to launch their businesses and focus resources on coding, building, scaling and bringing innovations to market. Entrepreneurs will be given access to the IBM Cloud portfolio built on cloud infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company. This portfolio includes Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform for app development with more than 75 runtimes and services, all of which will help startups to capture and leverage rising volumes of Big Data from mobile and social networks, IoT devices, etc.
Bluemix provides a range of services to develop innovative apps for the cloud, including integration with Twitter to capture global social data insights with analytics, Aspera’s high-speed data transfer tools, app health and performance monitoring services; and Cloudant’s high-performing Database-as-a-Service.
Statups will also access to connection opportunities given by IBM’s global network of enterprise clients, consultants, innovation centers, etc. Via face-to-face events and CIO and entrepreneur meet-ups, IBM will provide exposure and partnerships, technical support and consulting through its physical, global network of more than 40 Innovation Centers, new incubator space in NYC’s Silicon Alley, and Bluemix Garage in San Francisco’s Galvanize hub.
To learn about the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups or apply, please visit: http://ibm.biz/CloudStartup