IBM has launched a new global initiative designed to help technology start-ups become more innovative and successful.
The company said that it is reacting to the challenging economic environment, in which many young firms "struggle" to bring new ideas and products to market.
IBM is offering access to sales, marketing and technical skills under its Global Entrepreneur programme, and said that its own experience in registering patents will help less experienced developers to capitalise on their ideas for creating smarter technology.
"Businesses around the world are increasingly applying new technologies to address industry-specific needs, and technology start-ups are looking for new ways to capitalise on this trend," said Claudia Fan Munce, vice president of corporate strategy and managing director at the IBM Venture Capital Group.
"IBM's goal is to help entrepreneurs gain the skills they need to bring new ideas to market faster, using IBM technology to accelerate industry transformation and fuel innovation."
Successful start-ups will get access to IBM's software portfolio via the cloud, and will be able to work alongside the firm's scientists and technology experts, and attend mentoring and networking workshops.
IBM said that companies could gain access to venture capitalists, governments, academics and industry experts at various global locations.
Start-ups that want to be considered for participation must meet a number of criteria, including being privately held, in business for fewer than three years, and developing software aligned to IBM's Smarter Planet focus areas.
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