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IBM Innovative Solutions and Technologies Center with Enterprise Incubator Foundation are announcing IBM ISTC Startup Challenge.


Are you a startup enthusiast, love to learn new things, interested in cognitive solutions with use of Artificial Intelligence, want to be the shaper of the future? If yes than this is the perfect opportunity for you!

Get accelerated with IBM: workshops, mentorship, teamwork, pitching and the most important PRIZES. 2 best teams will receive 1000 USD prize, as well as presentation to IBM Watson Ecosystem partners for financing (100M USD available for investment in startups), opportunity for further acceleration, internship possibilities.

Areas: Cloud computing, Mobile, Big data, Business Analytics, Artificial Intelligence

First call deadline: March 15

Please fill in the application from before the deadline: APPLY HERE


During 10 weeks you will have weekly workshops with mandatory presence with homework for next meeting. Here is the detailed scheduled of the program:


  • Idea generation workshop
  • IBM Bluemix workshop

Week 2:

  • Team validation and assignment of the idea

Week 3:

  • Presentation of idea by each team
  • Evaluation and feedback

Week 4:

  • Business case workshop (including business canvas)
  • Financial basics

Week 5:

  • Bluemix technical workshop

Week 6:

  • Marketing workshop
  • Digital Marketing

Week 7:

  • Presentation skills
  • Mid-term presentation

Week 8:

  • Meeting with local IT Entrepreneur

Week 9:

  • Movie screening

Week 10:

  • On site visit of a startup

Week 11:

  • Final presentations/Demo day


What is waiting for you next?

Best participants will be introduced to IBM Watson for further financing. The Business Idea competition will be followed by IBM Watson Hackathon in July. In September will start first ISTC Startup Acceleration program, and best participants will be invited to participate without competition.

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