Technology Innovators – SmartCamp Finals London

I recently attended the SmartCamp Finals in London where I met some great entrepreneurs and had great pleasure to listen to their ideas to achieve a more sustainable life.

The event was sponsored by IBM, who help nurture early stage start-ups as they look to progress their business model in line with IBM Smarter Planet vision. Event partners included  – entrepreneurcountryL39 – sevenhills – Tech London Advocates and supported by TechCity and UK Trade & Investment.

Here are are the final five and a closer look:

– Representing Ireland, it was Actus Mobile Solutions, a company established to research and develop disruptive technologies that exploit the potential opportunities in the rapidly expanding secure mobile/wireless transaction and secure m-commerce markets.

– High-growth start-up Carbon Culture is a purpose-built digital platform that empowers communities to deliver evidence-based energy and carbon savings. It is currently deployed at both national and local government level in the UK, as well as being in use in higher education and corporate environments.

EnergyDeck is a community-based platform that helps organisations and individuals save costs related to the consumption of energy and other natural resources. It leverage’s collective intelligence to facilitate effective building management and identifying energy saving opportunities on an accessible, open-source web platform.

– Social shopping network Shopa allows members to discover products from a growing database of over 100 million and earn cash when they buy or share them with friends.

– Zerobin is a virtual, reverse logistics services company that helps power the efficient domestic collection of wide variety of materials including waste, charity, repairs and more. It allows a domestic user to register via an app and materials to be collected using back haul or empty van capacity of national postal companies and other third party logistics operators.

The winner of the London final is in the infographic below, the next stage will be held in Vienna in November.  Also take a look at the videos (links below the graphic)

IBM SmartCamp 2013 Entrepreneur

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Outstanding technology + Innovative business plan = Winner of IBM SmartCamp London

Profitero has been named as the winner of the 2011 IBM (NYSE: IBM) SmartCamp London. They help retailers maximise profits by analysing online competitive information on thousands of products and dozens of competitors, helping to build smarter retail solutions. Profitero was selected from more than 80 entries and won due to its outstanding technology, innovative business plan and alignment with IBM’s Smarter Planet strategy. They will receive three months of mentoring from IBM and go on to square off against other SmartCamp winners from around the globe to compete for the title of “IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year.”

Today, 83 percent of midmarket CIOs surveyed by IBM have identified analytics, the ability to extract actionable insights from “Big Data” as their top-priority investment area. Profitero represent a new generation of entrepreneurs who are entering the market with technology and business model designed to capitalise on this trend.

“We are delighted to have won the London IBM SmartCamp award for 2011 and are looking forward to working with IBM on delivering completive intelligence to retailers and manufacturers.” said Volodymyr Pigrukh, CEO and Co-Founder of Profitero.

Business Minister, Mark Prisk, said: “Congratulations to Profitero. Businesses continually tell us they want to get advice from other experienced business people and we know that those seeking support are more likely to succeed.

“Innovative projects such as this one are very encouraging because they bring together entrepreneurs wit h venture capitalists, academics and other industry leaders to provide coaching and critical industry support and advice. This will enable growing businesses to gain the mentoring and insight needed to continue to drive growth and innovation in their markets.

“Mentoring can deliver significant economic benefits from just a small commitment of time and resources. Building a relationship with a mentor can have a positive effect on your business, whether you are just starting up or are already established.”

“Entrepreneurs are critical to driving the next era of innovation and growth. I’ve been hugely impressed by the range and quality of startups we’ve seen entering the London IBM SmartCamp programme this year. Congratulations to Profitero and all the finalists. They’ve showcased solutions that seize major growth opportunities in the market to help make the world work smarter.” said Stephen Leonard, Chief Executive, IBM UK & Ireland.

All the finalists in the London SmartCamp are developing new technologies in critical areas such as healthcare, energy and environment, and other services that improve the life of citizens around the globe. IBM SmartCamps bring together innovative entrepreneurs with venture capitalists, academics and other industry leaders to provide coaching and critical industry support and advice.

Driving economic growth
Small and medium sized companies have long been the engines driving economic growth. They are responsible for nearly 65 percent of the global GDP – representing more than 90 percent of all businesses and employing over 90 percent of the world’s workforce. This group of entrepreneurial companies faces stiff competition, not only in their local markets, but also with larger enterprises across an increasingly global marketplace. (Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation). The IBM SmartCamps are designed to provide these entrepreneurs with the mentoring and insight needed to continue to drive growth and innovation in their markets.

In addition to Profitero, 2011 London SmartCamp Finalists included:

·    PageHub, a young and fast moving company based in Brighton. They have developed an easy to use, powerful analytics tool for brands to more effectively manage their presence on Facebook and other social media sites.
·    Radisens Diagnostics whose analytics device platform is helping to drive a step change towards a single device for point-of-care medical testing, helping to build smarter healthcare systems.
·    RSM, the creators of FITS, an analytical and traffic management software system for cities, helping to build smarter transport systems.
·    Visible Light Communications Ltd, a spin-out company from the University of Edinburgh. They are developing smart lighting driven by high efficiency LEDs, which delivers high speed data communications over visible light.

Visible Light Communications Ltd won the People’s Choice Award.

About IBM Global Entrepreneur Programme:
www.ibm.com/isv/startup

About Profitero:
www.profitero.com

About PageHub:
www.pagehub.co.uk