January 30, 2015
The team from the Digital Work Accelerator has been traveling across the country to conduct pitch events and information sessions to help startups apply to the accelerator. Got a question? Add your question here: Click to Tweet:@MSFTVentures @techcocktail #digitalwork #QnA
The deadline has come! The Microsoft Ventures Digital Work Accelerator program applications are due today. Use this link to apply now!
Let’s take a look at some testimonials from Microsoft Ventures alumni:
David Back, Co-founder and President of ZoomCar
“Making the transition from the US and UK to India would not have been successful if I hadn’t found amazing mentors here in Bangalore as well! I found some of those mentors in the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Program, who have provided guidance on technology, hiring, and fundraising. That guidance is really helping us take ZoomCar to the next level, because even though ZoomCar has a huge head start in this industry, constant technology innovation is the only way to maintain that lead. ZoomCar recently became the first car-rental company in India to offer a mobile app, and we have many more improvements in our product pipeline.
The Microsoft Accelerator has connected us with a network of entrepreneurs and mentors in Bangalore that will remain valuable friends for as long as I am in India – and hopefully longer.”
Graham Blaney, Co-founder and CEO of Buying Butler
“One of the benefits of being in the accelerator is being around the other startups who are in the same boat as us. We have a weekly CTO and CEO scrum bringing people from all the businesses together. This helps us to get visibility in to each other’s progress and pain points. We’re all in it together, and although we all have our heads down in our own companies, ultimately, we all want to see each other do well. We help where we can by making introductions and highlighting how we’ve overcome issues. The open-plan environment is encouraging in the early stage of the company. We can hear the successes and failures of the other teams as they happen. It’s a great bunch of people and even the mentors who aren’t mentoring us, often come up and pitch in with help.
The Demo Day puts us in front of investors and key influencers within the Microsoft network, and the other accelerator teams. This is a great opportunity to gain investment and open doors for further development. As it draws closer we are ramping up our practice to refine our pitch with absolutely fantastic help from our mentors and other members of the Microsoft Ventures team.
Microsoft Ventures also arranges a number of social events so the teams can relax a bit, and every Friday night after scrum there is a happy hour and drinks at the local pub. Although the platform of our product hasn’t changed much, the user journey has improved greatly. As a business, we’ve moved forward massively from the connections we’ve made here.”
It’s your turn! Get ready to join the Microsoft Ventures Digital Work Accelerator so that you can tell your own story of how the partnerships, collaboration, and mentor network at Microsoft gave your product a jump start. Check out the FAQ for the Seattle cohort which runs March 16 to July 16, 2015, or just get right to the application here. Time is running out!
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