Ravi Narayan, Global Director, Microsoft Accelerator
Microsoft Accelerator is a global initiative built to empower entrepreneurs around the world on their journey to build great companies.
Their goal is to help startups mature into enterprise-ready companies by scaling every aspect of their business. They work with later-stage startups to provide the tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise they need to become successful companies. They offer a 4-6-month tailor-made program for later-stage startups looking to go beyond the development of their product by scaling their businesses.
They provide the support and resources necessary to building a sustainable company and scaling up every aspect the business.: CEO coaching, team culture development, recruiting talent, creating distribution channels with global Fortune 500s, learning how to work with big corporate and developing new markets.
They also provide support for marketing, finance and tech management. We help startups build their companies for growth and go beyond a local mind-set to become sustainable global entities. Throughout the program and after graduation we serve as a strategic partner for startups and provide unparalleled routes to market by connecting startups with our global network of customers, partners, VCs, business mentors and technical experts.
Microsoft accelerator opens startup applications
Microsoft Accelerator has opened applications for its Winter 2016 cohort. Applications will also be considered for Microsoft’s Partner Accelerators under @cceler8.
- @cceler8 is Microsoft Accelerator India’s initiative to help startups by providing them access to various programmes under Microsoft and its partners. The eligible startups will also be recommended for Microsoft Partner Accelerator programs. These include Reliance’s GenNext Hub, ISDI and AIM Smart City, which is the latest addition to the list.
- The program claims to have received over 3500 said, ‘’Through the common application process for @acceler8, we can identify the right fit for applicants and recommend the right set of interventions.’’
- The pillars of the program include five workshops which include – Operating Plan Building, Stakeholder Development, Traction Management, Product Management and Pitch. Other than that, there are various networking events that will connect the startups to mentors, investors, alumni, tech evangelists and entrepreneurs.
Microsoft Accelerator has designed two programs: Scale Up and Hi-Po which aims to speed up the business potential for startups. The former is designed for later stage startups in growing traction, while the later focuses on series stage startups.
- Launched in 2015, Microsoft Accelerator’s programs have received traction from Citibank, Patni, Relience and Kyron. It has also witnessed the growth of startups like Reverie , Altizon and Aureus Analytics who are now working with Microsoft’s corporate network.
The final date for submitting applications is August 10, 2016. Technology and technology enabled startups in any vertical can apply to be part of the four-month accelerator program.