MS India startups
By Sumir Singh
Microsoft has announced the final list of 11 select technology startups to be incubated at the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure in Bangalore. The program, which was announced on May 23, received more than 200 applications from early stage startups, with exciting ideas across e-commerce, healthcare, education, digital media, enterprise, cloud infrastructure and mobile. Starting September 3, 2012, the final 11 will be hosted in a 8300 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in Microsoft’s Lavelle Road office, and undergo a four-month deep immersion program under the guidance of the elite mentors from Microsoft and the industry.
Announcing the top 11, Amit Chatterjee, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd, said, “This is a proud moment for us at Microsoft. Given the number and breadth of incredible applications we received in just five weeks, it was a tough job for the panelists to choose the top 11. The next four months will be dedicated to provide them the best workspace, finest infrastructure, elite mentors and all the tools which we feel they need to create the most successful businesses from India.”
The 11 companies are amplyfy.me, Caeruz Ventures, CipherGraph, CloudInfra, Gameizon, HireRabbit, Nowfloats, Plustxt, Sparsha Learning, Whitesharkk and WorldWithoutMe.
The state-of-the-art Accelerator workspace in Microsoft’s Lavelle Road office was also jointly inaugurated by Amit. Modeled on the latest thinking in “shared workspaces” which has been hugely successful and popular with global software companies and successful startups and incubators in the US, the area facilitates open collaboration, sparks creative thinking and promotes innovation. Instead of restricting people to closed rooms or cubicles, it allows them to wander around and bounce ideas off each other. There are no boundaries — instead, all startups leverage each other.
A few breakout areas are provided for informal huddles and mentor sessions. The conference rooms are equipped with the latest communication technologies to facilitate discussions with mentors or other startups in our Accelerators in Beijing and Tel Aviv. The Garage space can be used for community networking sessions and pizza dinners with industry luminaries. Startups work hard and long hours—so for those times when they want to stretch out, watch a movie or just chill, as the Garage is fully equipped with a pantry, a large LCD TV and Kinect games. A gym, games room and cafeteria also help provide the “work/life balance”.
More information at the Microsoft India website