Microsoft Ventures : Applications for 4th batch are now open

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The Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in India is hosted in the heart of Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India. Apart from the state-of-the-art workspace and access to Microsoft technology and technology mentors, each batch of startup goes through a rigorous, intense and structured 4-month program. Microsoft and industry mentors provide them with hands-on expertise in key areas they need help on most–technology architecture, user experience/design, product roadmap, business model development and connections with early adopters. Each startup pursues three tracks simultaneously – customer development, product development and deepening market traction. The Accelerator program team tracks their progress every week, and shares the report with mentors who provide them valuable feedback.

The Bangalore Accelerator can comfortably seat 15 teams of three to four members each. The work environment and infrastructure is designed to promote collaboration, networking, opportunity to learn from each other, while being highly productive. Moreover, Bangalore being the Silicon Valley of India, it has a huge community entrepreneurial community–thereby allowing startups easy access to mentors, investors and serial entrepreneurs.

They host two batches a year, from July-November and January-May.

Applications for the fourth batch are open from October 1, 2013, and will close on November 15, 2013. Shortlisted companies will be informed by November 25, and they will be invited for a face-to-face session with a jury panel on December 13, 2013. Final shortlisted applicants, who make it to the fourth batch, will be informed by December 20, 2013, and the batch will start on January 22, 2014.

Some Stats about the program :
22 Graduates
150 Mentors
$115K Average Funding
80% Funding

Welcome to Microsoft Ventures Accelerator, India. The goal of our four-month program is to produce high potential startups from the ecosystem by providing deep engagement to strengthen and grow customer traction. The program, which draws out the very best from the entrepreneur, encourages startups to ask for help in aspects of technology, user experience, design and go-to-market strategy –leading to access to high quality mentors, partners, customers and technologists.

I would love to know more about what you do and how we can work together. Give me a shout at indiaaccelerator@microsoft.com

Says Mr. Mukund Mohan, Director, Microsoft Ventures

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Contact:
Microsoft Ventures Accelerator
Vigyan, #9, Lavelle Road, Bangalore 560 001, India
Phone: +91 (80) 66586000

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Mohit Bansal(23) is B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India. He has interest in business and entrepreneurship and has published couple of research articles. He is also associated with various NGOs. He is with Techaloo when it was just in concept stage. The Techaloo site was not existing even then. Currently Mohit is working with Mu Sigma as a Business Analyst Profile.

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