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A closer look at the IBM 2013 SmartCamp London finals

IBM has announced the five startups that will participate in the finals of its 2013 SmartCamp London competition.

At a special event held on 16 October at leading accelerator space Level 39 in Canary Wharf, the finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, as well as having the chance to take home the People's Vote award as voted for by the audience.

The winning startup will go on to compete in the European Regional SmartCamp in November.

Let's take a closer look at the final five:

- Representing Ireland is Actus Mobile Solutions, a company established to research and develop disruptive technologies that exploit the potential opportunities in the rapidly expanding secure mobile/wireless transaction and secure m-commerce markets.

- High-growth startup Carbon Culture is a purpose-built digital platform that empowers communities to deliver evidence-based energy and carbon savings. It is currently deployed at both national and local government level in the UK, as well as being in use in higher education and corporate environments.

- EnergyDeck is a community-based platform that helps organisations and individuals save costs related to the consumption of energy and other natural resources. It leverages collective intelligence to facilitate effective building management and identifying energy saving opportunities on an accessible, open-source web platform.

- Social shopping network Shopa allows members to discover products from a growing database of over 100 million and earn cash when they buy or share them with friends.

- Zerobin is a virtual, reverse logistics services company that helps power the efficient domestic collection of wide variety of materials including waste, charity, repairs and more. It allows a domestic user to register via an app materials to be collected using back haul or empty van capacity of national postal companies and other third party logistics operators.

Now entering its fourth year, SmartCamp aims to identify the best "global entrepreneurs who want to build a smarter planet" and help nurture early-stage ventures as they look to progress their business model in line with the tech giant's Smarter Planet vision.

"SmartCamp is a unique opportunity for startups because it is specifically looking for technology innovations to help us achieve more sustainable city living," commented Kevin Farrar, IBM global entrepreneur and SmartCamp lead for the UK and Ireland.

Members of the public, interested entrepreneurs, and potential SmartCamp 2014 participants can register now to attend the 2013 SmartCamp London final.

For more on SmartCamp, check out the video below, which sees Rick Robinson, IBM executive architect for smarter cities, discussing how startups can work with universities, technology hubs, city councils and open data projects to develop innovations.