SmartCamp 2016


A global pitch competition for early-stage startups hosted by IBM and LAUNCH.


When your startup reaches a certain phase and your ready to grow, it’s time to look at your options for getting there quickly. Making connections, refining your solution, ensuring you have great branding, pivoting in a new direction, finding customers and accessing capital are all areas that should be at the top of your to-do list at any stage.

As an entrepreneur you already know what’s important, especially when it comes to your long list of to-dos. But there are ways you can do one-stop shopping for your priorities, and we’re in the business of sharing what we have built with you to make that easier.

Meet the IBM SmartCamp pitch competition powered by LAUNCH. Whether you are in Boston, Mexico City, Tokyo or one of over 20 other major cities, you can now apply to pitch your startup and start checking off your to-dos in a shorter time frame. By participating, you will receive a day of mentoring from experts in your region, networking and pitch practice where you will compete to be one of ten semi-finalists who will earn their way as VIPs to San Francisco for LAUNCH Festival, one of San Francisco’s biggest startup conferences.

As a VIP at LAUNCH Festival you will experience two days of demoing your solution to investors and potential clients, mentorship from industry leading startup experts, learning from Silicon Valley leaders, and networking among founders from across the globe. Three finalists will win a spot to pitch onstage in the SmartCamp Global Finals and an interview with Jason Calacanis on his podcast, This Week in Startups. One winner will land a spot in the LAUNCH Incubator, which includes a $25,000 USD investment.