Agritech company CropLogic is the winner of the first IBM SmartCamp for Australia and New Zealand, part of the Global Entrepreneur Program for startup companies.
The only New Zealand finalist in the SmartCamp event, CropLogic is an online management tool for potato growers that helps them forecast and improve yield.
IBM SmartCamp A/NZ’s one-day intensive mentoring and networking programme culminated in participants pitching their businesses to a panel of industry experts in technology, entrepreneurship and research, who selected the winner based on the strength of technical innovation and business proposition, as well as how ideas contributed to a 'smarter planet' supported by core IBM programmes and services based on transformative use of data and analytics.
CropLogic receives IBM software and services, as well as access to industry experts and deeper partnership opportunities from IBM, VCs and industry partners. CropLogic will also progress to the regional SmartCamp event in Beijing on September 25-26, and face off with winners from SmartCamps across Asia.
“Startups like CropLogic face not only typical go-to-market pressures, but also significant developmental challenges which can only be alleviated through access to industry insight and experience,” said David Mast of IBM Australia. “The IBM SmartCamp programme fosters grassroots innovation and gives up-and-coming entrepreneurs access to mentors and advice without having to travel overseas. This provides a huge boost to our entrepreneurial culture across the region.”
CropLogic chief executive Jane Hill said the experience at the event was invaluable.
"We have gained a lot of very valuable insights from all the mentors and have started to build up a network of contacts that will help us grow our business.”