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  • Blog Post: The Kinect Accelerator is hitting the road – Final Schedule Released

    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...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Accelerator, Phase 1: MentorStars help the companies and themselves

    We are one-third of the way through the Kinect Accelerator. Through the first month of working with a great group of mentors, many companies have adjusted their business and technical strategies to line up with the best opportunities. Kinect development is challenging, so although it’s okay to...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Launch of Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure

    Today marks a pretty huge milestone in Microsoft relationship with startups, so we’re not going to be shy about this. Today, we launched the second in a series of Microsoft Accelerators with our partner TechStars that work with startups from around the world on important solutions and apps for...
  • Blog Post: Getting Into the Kinect Accelerator - Why Not Us?

    Letting hundreds of companies know that they didn’t make the cut is never fun. It’s tough telling entrepreneurs “no”, especially so many interesting ones all at once. For all practical purposes, these companies may perceive that they have been “rejected” by the Kinect...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Move-In day at the Kinect Accelerator

    Remember move-in day back in college? You wait in ten different lines, get all kinds of cards, passes, sign papers, see your room listed in some location you have never been before, and then you dash into your dorm room to get the bed by the window. That's what it's like here today at the Kinect Accelerator...
  • Blog Post: New Kinect Applications Demonstrated at Microsoft’s Tech Forum

    Startups and big companies around the world are building some pretty amazing applications on the Kinect – especially with the launch of Kinect for Windows . Recently, Microsoft’s chief strategy officer, Craig Mundie , held Tech Forum, a gathering for tech journalists who want to see up...