Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure announces Final 11 in India
Microsoft announced the final list of 11 select technology startups to be incubated at the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure in Bangalore. The program, which was announced on May 23, received more than 200 applications from early stage startups, with exciting ideas across industry segments such as ecommerce, healthcare, education, digital media, enterprise, cloud infrastructure and mobile.
Starting September 3, 2012, the final 11 will be hosted in a 8300 sq ft state-of-the-art facility in Microsoft’s Lavelle Road office and undergo a four-month deep immersion programme under the guidance of the elite mentors from Microsoft and the industry.
Announcing the name of the 11 finalists, Amit Chatterjee, Managing Director, Microsoft India said, “This is a proud moment for us at Microsoft. Given the number and breadth of incredible applications we received in just five weeks, it was a tough job for the panelists to choose the top 11. The next four months will be dedicated to provide them the best workspace, finest infrastructure, elite mentors and all the tools which we feel they need to create the most successful businesses from India.”
The 11 companies include: amplyfy.me,Caeruz Ventures, CipherGraph, CloudInfra, Gameizon, HireRabbit, Nowfloats, Plustxt, Sparsha Learning, Whitesharkk and WorldWithoutMe.
“Deep and impactful mentorship is one of the key defining characteristics of the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure. While we were accepting applications from startups, we were also finalizing the list of elite mentors from Microsoft and the industry. I am extremely happy to announce that today our program has more than 60mentors—including senior technical leaders from Microsoft and influential business leaders, venture capitalists and angel investors from the industry who have volunteered to guide the startups through their journey of building successful companies,” Amit added.
S Somasegar, Corporate Vice-President, Developer Division, Microsoft Corporation, was present at the event to welcome the program participants. “These are exciting times in the global software industry as we are seeing the dawn of a new way of designing applications powered by Cloud, Internet and Mobile. India has always been one of the earliest adopters of emerging technologies. Innovation is blossoming here, and at the heart of it lies a very strong startup culture,” he said.
However, Somasegar pointed out that while many startups have great ideas that can potentially change the world, they lack some key ingredients that are critical for success–access to technology, strong relevant mentors and networking opportunities with key business leaders and investors. The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure is designed to bridge these gaps.
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