November 11, 2015
This fall, the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour will be stopping off in 11 different cities across the US. It’s all so they can spread the word about their Machine Learning Accelerator program running in seven cities: Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, London, Paris, Seattle, and Tel Aviv.
Microsoft is interested in putting a heavy emphasis on their Seattle program, the only stateside offering, which is currently accepting applications. The next cohort of startups will kick off the accelerator on February 2, 2016.
For all my California West Coast Best Coast people out there, you should know that the tour is going to be hitting both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Anybody who attends can expect to experience what a day at the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator program is like.
Not to mention Microsoft will be on hand to answer any questions people have, like what stage your company should be if you’re interested in applying, what you get out of the program, and how it can help scale your company. And since everything is focused on machine learning, attendees can meet the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning product group as well as former companies who have gone through the accelerator.
Here are some of the alumni you can expect to meet in San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as where the event will be taking place:
Rallyteam: Rallyteam was created to give employees a way to do the work they’re passionate about while enabling companies to become more agile and to better understand and utilize internal talent. The team believes that by making it easier for employees to connect and self organize they can help create a more efficient and innovative workplace: employees will be happier, turnover will go down, and companies will gain the agility they need to remain competitive in today’s rapidly changing business environment.
Skip: Skip was built as a mobile checkout solution that lets store shoppers scan their own grocery items in the store as they shop and check out without waiting in line. It’s a complete solution consisting of a mobile app, a dedicated GoSkip lane, and POS integration. The team also has a service agreement to integrate their solution into a network of over 800 retail stores.
Location: The Reactor – 680 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Date: November 17, 2015; Register for the San Francisco event here.
Rexter: Rexter empowers connected professionals to manage their growing contacts and develop productive business relationships. Their intelligent algorithms and technology leverage data from existing accounts to eliminate the need for repetitive data entry, organize interactions by relevant contacts, surface helpful insights about how you’re spending your time, and provide real time guidance on who can best help you reach your many objectives. Rexter also makes it easy to access your information via web and mobile apps, as well as incorporating collaborative tools to allow you to increase productivity across any work group.
Chai Energy: Chai Energy is an app that helps you save energy and money. Chai Energy collects energy data directly from your utility and creates energy saving tips and recommendations just for you. The platform also tells you how much electricity you are using, how much your electricity will cost you, and can even tell you if solar energy is an option for you.
Location: ROC Santa Monica – 604 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
Date: November 16, 2015; Register for the L.A. event here.
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