We have been overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of ideas – hundreds of applicants ready to take their project and turn it into a successful business with the help of the Kinect Accelerator .

The recent announcement that the Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be released February 1 st , 2012 has spiked even more interest from startups.  As a result, we are extending the final Kinect Accelerator deadline to February 8 th , 2012 to give you a chance to purchase the new Kinect for Windows sensor and download the version 1 SDK. 

For those of you who have met the early deadline of January 25th, please update your applications with any progress by February 8 th , and for those of you who have not yet applied, get on it!

Come meet us and win a new Kinect for Windows sensor

We are also excited to announce that we are traveling around the U.S. to meet with applicants and potential applicants to talk about the Kinect Accelerator and show off the new Kinect for Windows.

We’ll be visiting:

San Francisco – February 1 st

New York – February 2 nd

Boston – February 3 rd

Seattle – February 6 th

Attendees at these events can ask questions about the Kinect Accelerator and meet with the Managing Director, Dave Malcolm. Applicants should submit their application now so we can review them before we meet you.  You can also ask questions about Kinect for Windows, and we will raffle off two new Kinect for Windows devices at each event!

In just a few weeks we will decide on which teams will make the finals for the Kinect Accelerator.

Just ten teams will participate in this prestigious program in Seattle from April 2nd to June 28th, 2012.

You can see the full Kinect Accelerator schedule at KinectAccelerator.com .

Every company selected to participate in the Kinect Accelerator will receive:

  •    A $20,000 investment
  •    An Xbox development kit
  •    A Kinect for Windows sensor plus the accompanying SDK
  •    Office space in Seattle
  •    Technical training and support from BizSpark
  •    World-class mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, investors and Microsoft executives
  •    The Opportunity to present at Investor Demo Day in front of angel investors, venture capitalists, Microsoft Executives and the media

We’ve been impressed by the diversity of applications, in industries including healthcare, education, manufacturing, retail, advertising, and entertainment. We hope to meet you during our tour and see what you’ve developed!