Ingram Micro Teams with MassChallenge to Identify and Bring to Market the World’s Best B2B Startup Companies

Startups will compete for more than $1.5 million in cash and
go-to-market funding as part of the “Comet Competition;” Winners to be
featured at Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2019

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AwardIngram
Micro Inc.
today announced the “Comet
Competition
,” an open-call, software developers’ contest funded by
Ingram Micro Cloud and deployed by startup accelerator MassChallenge
that is set to uncover, fund and ultimately bring to market the next
wave of business-to-business software innovators. The Comet Competition
will award 12 independent software vendors (ISVs) through competitions
in Boston, Austin, and Tel Aviv, Israel, with critical cash and
go-to-market funds totaling more than $1.5 million, and will also
leverage Ingram Micro Cloud’s industry leading position to help
accelerate the adoption of these technologies within the IT and service
provider channels.

The Comet Competition is the only startup challenge dedicated to helping
B2B ISVs find commercial success for their technology and purpose-build
for the IT channel.

“Our goal is to always be at the leading-edge of technology, and ISVs
are the foundation of the digital economy,” says Nimesh Davé, executive
vice president, Ingram Micro Cloud. “By partnering with MassChallenge,
the most startup-friendly accelerator in the industry, we are able to
offer ISVs worldwide the opportunity to compete to take their business
mainstream as part of our ISV initiative and our industry-leading Ingram
Micro Cloud Marketplace.”

MassChallenge is a not-for-profit global accelerator that focuses on
supporting high-impact, early-stage startups at zero cost and for zero
equity. Their program has more than 1,500 alumni startups including
Ginkgo Bioworks, Flywire, Localytics, and Toro. By teaming with Ingram
Micro, MassChallenge is extending its efforts into the high tech
industry and attracting the talent and technology of today’s emerging
B2B startups.

“We are thrilled to partner with Ingram Micro to identify and reward the
most-promising B2B startups around the world,” said John Harthorne,
Founder and CEO, MassChallenge. “Leveraging our proven community-driven
approach, the Comet Competition offers an incredible opportunity
for startups to scale their growth with a forward-thinking partner in
Ingram Micro.”

To participate in Ingram Micro’s Comet Competition, ISV applicants will
be evaluated on a number of criteria, including future vision, potential
in the channel, and ecosystem readiness. Winners will be selected by a
group of distinguished engineers, executives and industry influencers,
and all entrants receive expert feedback. Applications are now open at apply.masschallenge.org/comet.

“Scaling is one of the biggest challenges facing ISVs today,” says
Mathias Bjorkholm, CEO, Pickit, a new and innovative solution for easier
access to stock photography. “This new contest from Ingram Micro Cloud
and MassChallenge is the opportunity of a lifetime for ISVs. With the
investments Ingram Micro has made in their easy onboarding technology
and programs like this, we now have the opportunity to plug into a
built-in ecosystem and scale immediately. We’re all in.”

MassChallenge is set to join Ingram Micro on stage at the upcoming 2019
Ingram Micro Cloud Summit, taking place in San Diego, Calif., March
11-13, to feature the regional finalists and to select one global
winner. More information including early registration is available here: https://www.ingrammicrocloudsummit.com/.

Ingram Micro has proven to be the fastest route to market for ISVs
looking to build and scale their SaaS or IaaS-based businesses. Once
onboarded to the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace, ISVs are able to
quickly scale, promote, sell and deploy their solutions to channel
partners and the customers they serve in more than 50 global markets,
including China. More information about Ingram Micro’s ISV programs is
available here.

For more information, or to apply to the challenge by the December 4,
2018 deadline, visit: apply.masschallenge.org/comet.

For questions, contact: Comet@ingrammicro.com.

About Ingram Micro Cloud

At Ingram Micro Cloud™, we view cloud not just as a single technology,
but as a foundational platform to run and drive a whole new way of doing
business. By leveraging our platforms and ecosystem, cloud service
providers, telecom companies, resellers and enterprises can quickly
transform and get up and running in the cloud within minutes, with
little to no investment. Our portfolio includes vetted security,
communication and collaboration, business applications, cloud management
services and infrastructure solutions designed to help clients monetize
and manage the entire lifecycle of cloud and digital services,
infrastructure and IoT subscriptions. For more information, please
visit: www.IngramMicroCloud.com.

About Ingram Micro Inc.

Ingram Micro helps businesses Realize the Promise of Technology™.
It delivers a full spectrum of global technology and supply chain
services to businesses around the world. Deep expertise in technology
solutions, mobility, cloud, and supply chain solutions enables its
business partners to operate efficiently and successfully in the markets
they serve. Unrivaled agility, deep market insights and the trust and
dependability that come from decades of proven relationships, set Ingram
Micro apart and ahead. More at www.ingrammicro.com.

About MassChallenge

MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators.
Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel,
Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, Texas, and the UK, MassChallenge is
committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting
high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the
world. To date, more than 1,500 MassChallenge alumni have raised more
than $3 billion in funding, generated over $2 billion in revenue, and
created over 80,000 total jobs. Learn more about MassChallenge at www.masschallenge.org.

Contacts

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or
MassChallenge
Caroline
Pepek
888-782-7820
caroline@masschallenge.org

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