Kiwi startup 9 Spokes wins IBM SmartCamp A/NZ

Startup's platform integrates data from SaaS tools and displays it in one dashboard

IBM's A/NZ ecosystem development leader Prasad Murcherla and A/NZ software group vice president Omeed Kroll congratulate 9 Spokes CMO Brendan Roberts. Image credit: IBM.

IBM's A/NZ ecosystem development leader Prasad Murcherla and A/NZ software group vice president Omeed Kroll congratulate 9 Spokes CMO Brendan Roberts. Image credit: IBM.

Auckland, New Zealand startup 9 Spokes was recognised for its online platform at IBM’s SmartCamp Australia and New Zealand competition in Sydney.

The startup was awarded first place by the judges for its platform which integrates data from software as a service (SaaS) tools and displays it in one dashboard in real time.

According to the judges, 9 Spokes had a clear go-to-market strategy and selling proposition. The startup will receive three months’ mentoring and access to IBM’s technology.

It will also go on to the SmartCamp Asia Pacific regional finals which take place in India during November 2014. The winner of the APAC finals will be invited to the SmartCamp global finals.

9 Spokes CMO Brendan Roberts said in a statement that the startup plans to launch its service in New Zealand and Australia first, followed by global markets.

The other finalists in the A/NZ round were:

  • Digital Market Square from Adelaide. The startup’s Community Connect Me (CC Me) platform offers not for profits a way to share ideas between their online communities.

  • Ecocentric Energy from Perth. Developed in partnership with CSIRO, Ecocentric Energy’s NRGi system automates data acquisition for energy audits to help governments and businesses achieve their energy mitigation targets.

  • TapIt Media from Sydney. TapIt’s technology platform deploys, manages, and analyses contactless technologies including Near Field Communication (NFC) tags, Beacon and QR codes.

According to IBM A/NZ SmartCamp executive Michael Stevens-Jones, 2013’s Sydney winner, Temando, has some “significant client deals” in the pipeline.

The Brisbane startup won last year's awards for its delivery management software system.

“Temando have been mentored by some of the industry’s most senior leaders who have helped them to distil key messaging and open countless doors to global contacts and customers,” said Stevens-Jones.

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