We’ve decided that offering accelerator classes for startups using Microsoft resources will not be a fad. Starting today, we are launching the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure. All that means is that for the next 13 weeks, ten startups from all over the world will be working on mobile apps, cloud-based solutions and the next big thing using resources supplied by our Accelerator program in Seattle.
For more information on the accelerator class, please see this blog post written by Scott Guthrie.
The response to the program has been astounding; we received nearly 600 applications from entrepreneurs from 69 countries around the world, spanning a host of industries including retail, healthcare, banking, real estate, and more.
So, yes. We’ve said it before – and meant it – with the Microsoft Accelerator for Azure. You can track what’s happened with those startups on our Facebook group, and you can keep going to that Facebook group for updates on this class.
This accelerator movement proves two things: one that Microsoft is serious about helping startups grow to scale, and not just by giving them free software, which is a hallmark of the Microsoft BizSpark program (where we give free software to startups that are less than five years old, and bringing in revenue of less than US$1 million each year).
Two, it means that there is community associated with a startup’s engagement with Microsoft. Not only are they being introduced to a network that includes TechStars greats and the legacy of the companies that have worked with them in the past. But you are introduced to a startup community that includes 50,000 other entrepreneurs and developers just like you.
Here are the startups that are going to be in the new class:
If you want more information on this class, or more information on Microsoft BizSpark, in general, you can follow these startups along in their accelerator journey by following our blog and
following us on twitter: @bizspark and @windowsazure and by tracking the Accelerator hashtag at #msaccel.
Over the next few months, we’ll be doing interviews with the startups and posting their Twitter handles.