IBM Global Entrepreneur Program has launched their second edition of B2B Startup Challenge called IBM GEP SmartCamp India headed by Radhesh Kanumury, Country Lead, Global Entrepreneur Program, IBM India Pvt. Ltd.

IBM Smartcamp for Vizag was conducted on 24th October 2015 at the Startup Village located at Rushikonda IT Hills.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Murali Krishna Gannamani – Managing Director & CEO, Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd. – congratulated the three winners: Siddha Development Research and Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Unihalt Services, STECH ID Solutions Pvt. Ltd. He said it was great to see IBM Global Entrepreneur Program’s B2B StartUp Challenge happening in Vizag first time and thanked them for the opportunity to see some great ideas in action. Such activities will help in fuelling the entrepreneurial spirit in the region. He appreciated IBM for encouraging and hand holding the startups, introducing them to successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists and at the same time recognizing their innovative work. This will certainly boost the morale of many students and budding entrepreneurs from Visakhapatnam and adjoining districts and give the much needed impetus to making Visakhapatnam as an IT and StartUp destination of choice.

Last year 30 B2B Startups were picked pan India and got them to pitch before VCs and IBM Execs. They also showcased their application to IBM Sales and got the winners press coverage. They also presented in the closing ceremony in front of an audience of 250+ entrepreneurs and select VCs. Last year winners got benefited by getting customer leads, funding and recognition. Many of them established synergies with different IBM groups as well.