IBM Global Entrepreneur is a pretty cool program for potential IBM ISVs and is nicely tied into our cloud computing strategy:

I.B.M. wants to enlist fledgling software companies in its Smarter Planet strategy, which seeks to apply cutting-edge technology to big challenges like improving the efficiency of energy use, water management, transportation and health care.

To entice startups to its camp, I.B.M. on Wednesday is announcing that it will offer them free access to the company's software for up to three years. To qualify, companies must be private, in business for less than three years, and developing software that is in sync with the I.B.M. strategy. ... The I.B.M. software will be made available to the startups as a cloud service, which they tap into over the Web.

Besides software, startups can also get one-on-one sessions with I.B.M. scientists and coaching on sales and marketing tactics. "More and more, people are asking us how to build a business," Mr. Corgel said.
Link: New York Times: I.B.M's Bid to Woo Software Startups >(Thanks, Henry)
Link: IBM Global Entrepreneur >

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