IBM and AEEC had a Mentor Protege relationship for 15 years from 2001 – 2016 and we remain very close partners as we have transitioned out of the program with each company finding ways to prime and sub to each other. Over the years, we had Mentor-Protege programs in place at the Department of the Army, Department of the Treasury, and Department of Homeland Security.
On December 2, 2009, IBM and AEEC were jointly recognized at the Department of Treasury’s Annual Small Business Awards Ceremony as the 2009 Mentor-Protégé Team of the Year. The award recognizes the success of the AEEC-IBM team in growing AEEC’s business results, business maturity, and technical capabilities. IBM and AEEC were presented the award by Teresa Lewis, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, and The Honorable Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States.
The Treasury award capped off a stellar year for the AEEC-IBM relationship. On April 29, 2009, AEEC and IBM were awarded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Mentor-Protégé Team of the Year Award for 2008. And on March 4, 2009, AEEC and IBM were awarded a 2009 U.S. Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé Program Nunn-Perry Award in recognition of our Mentor-Protégé relationship under the U.S. Department of the Army.
The Mentor-Protege program’s purpose is to build effective working relationships between leaders of mature established companies and emerging small business enterprises in order for the latter to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the established mentor firms. The program was designed to improve the performance of contracts and subcontracts, foster the establishment of long-term business relationships between IBM and AEEC, focus on small business growth and development, and strengthen subcontracting partnering relationships. For acquisitions that contained a requirement for a subcontracting plan, IBM was eligible to receive credit in the source selection/evaluation criteria process for mentor-protege participation. AEEC could receive technical, managerial, financial, or any other mutually agreed upon benefit from IBM including work that flowed from a government or commercial contract through subcontracting or teaming arrangements. The assistance resulted in significant small business development.
Today, AEEC is part of IBM’s Pay It Forward program, mentoring other Woman Owned Small Businesses as they seek to grow and have the success we have had under the mentorship of IBM.
AEEC iLab Partnerships
AEEC partners with many of the world’s leading technology innovators, including but not limited to the following partners:
If you are interested in joining AEEC’s partner program and bringing your technology into the iLab, please contact CTO Darwin Layog at firstname.lastname@example.org.