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12 Startups Poised To Make A Major Impact On The B2B Market

Ingram Micro worked with MassChallenge to select some of the hottest startups with technology applicable for business-to-business markets and reward them with some startup money and a lot of instant brand recognition.

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B2B Startup Challenge 

Ingram Micro, the Irvine, Calif.-based distributor, in 2018 teamed up with MassChallenge, a Boston-based global network of zero-equity startup accelerators, to form the Comet Competition.

The Comet Competition is unique in that it evaluated over 300 startups that were developing technology specifically for the IT channel. Those startups presented their plans and their channel potential in one of three events held in Tel Aviv, Israel; Boston; or Austin, Texas, where the list was cut to the top 46 applicants. Those 46 presented their technology and channel prowess to a panel of industry influencers, who selected 12 finalists, with four each from the geographic area around the three cities.

The 12 finalists, including the three winners, were present at the recent Ingram Micro Cloud Summit, with all 12 sharing a total of $300,000 in cash prizes and over $1.5 million in go-to-market support.

Nimesh Dave, executive vice president for global cloud at Ingram Micro, said the Comet Challenge was launched 10 months ago as a way for Ingram Micro to identify new sales opportunities.

Dave also said to expect more such challenges in the future. "We hope to have more than 1,000 new SaaS technologies for you to sell," he said.

Check out the kind of innovations that could some day have a major impact on the B2B market.

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