Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure for will host ten companies for a three month deep emersion program focused on building businesses that take advantage of the cloud. Through this program, Microsoft and TechStars will help entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators to bring to life a wide range of business ideas that leverage the limitless possibilities enabled by Windows Azure.
The program will run from late August through November in Seattle, WA.
Sam Rosenbalm, Principal Technical Evangelist, writes in his blog post Apply Now: Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure Startups, “Startups accepted into the program will receive an investment of $20,000 (USD) managed by TechStars, mentorship from top entrepreneurs, investors, and Microsoft executives, all the resources of Microsoft BizSpark and $60,000 in Windows Azure credit through the Microsoft BizSpark Plus Program. Combined with office space, tech training and support, and a Demo Day presentation to angel investors, VCs, media, and industry elites at the culmination of the program, it is an offer hard to resist.”
Apply now through June 29, 2012. Check out the website to learn more and apply.
TechStars provides seed funding from over 75 top venture capital firms and angel investors who are vested in the success of your startup, as well as intense mentorship from hundreds of the best entrepreneurs in the world.
Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, and providing marketing visibility. The program also includes access to Windows Azure, a flexible, comprehensive, and powerful cloud platform for the creation of web applications and services. In addition, BizSpark offers technical support, business training and a network of over 2,000 partners to connect members with incubators, investors, advisors, government agencies and hosters. Since it was established in 2008, more than 45,000 companies in over 100 countries have joined BizSpark.
Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation