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Techstars and XPRIZE are launching a partnership to support the 150 teams in the IBM Watson™ AI XPRIZE competition and connect the XPRIZE and Techstars mentor communities. Techstars mentors, executives, managing directors and others will work with the teams through mentorship, webinars, and in-person workshops with the goal of supporting the commercialization of the ideas.

XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. XPRIZE’s philosophy is that—under the right circumstances— igniting rapid experimentation from a variety of diverse lenses is the most efficient and effective method to driving exponential impact and solutions to grand challenges.

We are excited to build relationships with the XPRIZE teams and see how they are using technology to solve the world’s most pressing problems. The IBM Watson AI teams have an entrepreneurial vision that aligns with the mission of Techstars. We help entrepreneurs succeed and we’re using our worldwide network to support this program.



Amy Smith Amy Smith
Amy is the VP of Partnerships at Techstars. Prior to Techstars, Amy was the Director of Product Management at ZOLL, where she was responsible for opportunity identification, business case creation, and evaluation. She has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Michigan State University. @AmyMachSmith