images-5IBM Austin is having a day-long Mentor Day on May 8th at its IBM Innovation Center in Austin.
The company is inviting startups from Austin and San Antonio to apply to participate in the program. Mentor Days are part of the IBM Global Entrepreneur program. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 22nd.
IBM is looking for startups addressing the world’s problem in energy, water, traffic, transportation, healthcare, telecommunications and other societal issues. To apply, a startup must be less than five years old and it must be privately held.
There’s also a public portion of the event featuring the startups pitching and a networking reception afterwards.
IBM is seeking to identify, support, mentor and promote early stage technology entrepreneurs and it plans to offer other mentorship events this year.
“The first part of the day’s proceedings will bring the small group of selected startups together to briefly introduce their companies with quick pitches, and then they will be matched up with our coaches for mentoring sessions,” according to IBM. “The second part of the day will be open to the public and each startup will have six minutes to share how their businesses make our planet smarter.”
Two companies will be selected by mentors and the audience to move on to the interview stage of IBM’s regional SmartCamp event in North America in the Fall.