MILTON KEYNES, 22 November, 2019 – Ingram Micro Cloud today announces Cloud Maker as the winner of the UK Comet Competition securing $100K so far in funding and taking them one step closer to winning the $1million grand prize at Cloud Summit in 2020. The three runners-up are Flowgear, Zivver and Keepabl who have each been awarded $50K in funding.
The competition plays a role in Ingram Micro Cloud’s mission to accelerate innovation and empower the UK’s future problem solvers to grow and tackle businesses’ biggest challenges. Startups can diversify revenue, enabling repeatable, scalable and profitable growth by accessing Ingram Micro’s Cloud ecosystem and channel partners.
“We were very impressed by the standard of B2B start-ups who applied for this year’s competition, making it difficult to pick one winner” said Matthew Sanderson Chief Country Executive at Ingram Micro UK & Ireland. “Our mission at Ingram Micro Cloud is to help identify and bring to market the best technology in the industry and it’s great to be in a position where we can advise such exciting startups at the beginning of their journeys. UK Winners Cloud Maker demonstrated that their technology is not only viable but has what it takes to be profitable. I’m looking forward to seeing how they perform at Cloud Summit in 2020”.
Following their win, Nick Smith, CEO & Co-Founder and Alex Metaxas, CTO & Co-Founder at Cloud Maker commented, “Our vision is to completely redefine the way cloud solutions are designed and delivered. With Cloud Maker, delivering cloud solutions at scale with no need to code is now a reality. We’re excited to have made it through to the final in Miami, which gives us the ability to continue to demonstrate the value Cloud Maker can bring. The GTM funds and support from Ingram Micro will be a great launchpad for driving additional growth for Cloud Maker and enabling more partners worldwide.”
“As the Cybersecurity landscape evolves businesses need effective and easy to use solutions to protect sensitive data – solutions that also help to educate and raise awareness amongst employees,” commented Darren Parker, Chanel Manager EMEA at Zivver.
“The ability to scale and enter the channel market at a global level is now becoming a reality for us having been awarded the runner up prize. We’re excited to further our relationship with Ingram Micro Cloud and better enhance our awareness in new markets.”
Robert Baugh, CEO at Keepabl said, “We’re delighted to be named runners up in the first UK Comet Competition. Being able to partner with Ingram Micro Cloud will accelerate our push into the channel to help more businesses maintain and prove compliance in a post-GDPR world. With this increased ability to scale, we will be equipping more MSPs with our ‘Compliance-as-a-Service’ offering, ultimately strengthening their role as trusted advisors, helping their customers in turn manage this key business risk and gain competitive advantage.”
“This GTM funding will help strengthen Flowgear's channel partner programme by improving partner onboarding and support. By engaging Ingram Micro Cloud’s channel we will be able to scale quickly and deliver in to partner-specific verticals we would otherwise never reach - this is invaluable for the future of our app integration platform,” commented Daniel Chilcott, Managing Director at Flowgear.
The International Comet Competition is designed to identify business-to-business (B2B) software innovators from across the globe whose products have clear applications for the technology channel.
The in-person judging events are taking place in 16 international cities throughout this November and December. At each event, one winner and three runners up will receive significant go-to-market funding, training and resources to grow. All regional winners up will join Ingram Micro Cloud at Cloud Summit 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida, May 12-14 to compete for the final Global Grand Prize of $1 million. Facing a panel of judges consisting of distinguished engineers, executives and industry influencers, applicants will be evaluated on their vision for the future, potential in their channel and ecosystem readiness.
Last year’s winner, Arun Buduri of Pixm, enjoyed the immediate impact from the exposure and resources gained from being a Comet Competition winner. “The year after winning the competition has been a total blessing,” Buduri said. “Between getting our team of three in front of thousands of potential customers while bringing our customer acquisition cost down to nearly zero, we couldn’t have asked for a better partner than Ingram Micro”.
The competition is supported in-part by Microsoft as part of a partnership between Microsoft for Startups and Ingram Micro Cloud, announced in July.