IBM SmartCamp 2015 – A video recap

24 Dec 2015

2015 ended with a bang for us with our superb run at IBM GEP’s SmartCamp 2015. This video blog is a small recap of moments from the event that made us proud. Go through the blog to also experience our cool text integrated with video feature and see how it makes the text interact with video seamlessly. Look out for distinct highlights in the text that will navigate you to points of interest within the video.

Technology, despite being the industry of choice in today’s über-competitive business, isn’t without its problems. While the cloud is making it easier for startups like ours looking to compete with larger established companies to set up operations, the challenges of dealing with the constant change in consumer technology and raising capital persist. I feel that this is where an initiative like IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program (GEP) comes as a lifeline for startups to take advantage of mentoring opportunities, learn from thought leaders, and to connect with the venture community.

IBM GEP’s endeavour to foster innovations, culminating in the Pan India B2B Startup challenge, IBM GEP SmartCamp, is indeed laudable. It is a matter of great pride for kPoint to have won the Mumbai Regional finals and to have had the opportunity to present at the all India finals.

Our journey began with the SmartCamp Pune edition where judges Shrikant Sunderajan, Partner at Helion ventures, Dulles Krishnan, Executive Director-Asia Pacific at IBM Smart Commerce, Aruna Schwartz, Founder of Stelae Technologies and Anoop Mathur, Founder of CIO Angel Network gave kPoint a resounding thumbs up to present at the SmartCamp Mumbai Regional Finals. Thank you, Judges, for your support.

More success followed at the Mumbai Regional Finals where we emerged winners out of the fifteen startups that qualified. I would want to thank judges Sanjay Mehta of CIO Angel Network at IAN, Pradeep Tagare, Director of Intel Capital India, Anil Joshi, Managing Partner at Unicorn India Ventures, Sandy Carter, General Manager at IBM, Vivek Malhotra, Director at IBM Cloud – India-South Asia, Dr. Srikanth Sundarajan of Helion Ventures, Dulles Krishnan, Executive Director at IBM Industry Cloud Solutions, Asia Pacific, Ravi Kiran, Co-founder of VentureNursery, Raj Pai, Managing Director at GEF Advisors India, Rema Subramanian, Co-founder and Managing Director at Ankur Capital and Padmaja Ruparel, President at Indian Angel Network (IAN) for reposing their faith on kPoint. Special mention goes to IBM’s Twitter handle whose updates gave audiences the most impeccable live feeds.

Moving to the Grand Finale in Bangalore, it was exciting to see startups battling it out for the top spot. The passion and enthusiasm I witnessed was infectious. Competing with startups like Parablu, QuickoTechnosoft Labs, Flutura Business Solutions, Medibox Technologies, LightMetrics, Snapshopr, XLPAT TT Consultants, ShepHertz Technologies, SirionLabs, SilverPush, Qustn Technologies, Staqu Technologies,  WoNoBo, TakeMyShipment, Smartcloud Infotech, AllizHealth, and Aureas Analyticswas a delightful experience. My heartiest congratulations to the winners of the SmartCamp Grand FinaleSirionLabs, Flutura Business Solutions and ShepHertz Technologies, for their well-deserved victory. Thank you, guys for easing our pain at not winning the finals. To have competed with all of you is rewarding enough. Our technological future is certainly in some very able hands.

I would also like to thank adjudicators of the Grand Finale – V Balakrishnan, Chairman, Reservoir Ventures, Sanjay Anandaram, Partner, Seedfund Ventures, Ravi Gururaj, Chairman & Co-Founder, Frictionless Ventures, Piyush Gupta, Technology Executive, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Board Advisor and Dulles Krishnan, Executive Director, IBM Industry Cloud Solutions, Asia Pacific for their wholehearted support all throughout. Yours was one job I wouldn’t envy.

The icing on the cake for us, however, has been Sandy Carter’s message for the Mumbai winners, including a special mention of kPoint. Thank you Sandy Carter for your inspiring compliments. It is indeed a vote of confidence in the direction we have taken to build our business in uncharted territory.

Shridhar Shukla
Co-Founder and MD, kPoint Technologies, consumed by a passion to create breakthrough products. Formerly COO at Persistent Systems. PhD, North Carolina State.