The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure is a startup accelerator based in Bangalore and will be taking in the second batch now. Out of 350 applications from various sectors, Microsoft today announced the list of 13 select technology startups which will constitute the second batch of the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure program in India.
The 13 startups are:
360 Living: Expert Health Information Provider
Adepto: A social app platform
DeckApp: Helps make compelling presentations on any device
Frintit: frintit lets you print and receive hard-copy prints of your photos for free – from the web and from your mobile.
Harness: An education technology platform
I7 Networks: Agentless BYOD control
Label Guild: A marketplace for designers and buyers
Profoundis: Business Analytics Product
Qubole: SaaS analytics platform
SupportBee: Customer support software
TableGrabber: Restaurant Reservation System
Tuebora: Cloud based Identity and Access Governance solutions
Visarity: Augmented Reality Startup
Starting March 1, 2013, the 13 startups will be hosted in the Accelerator facility in Microsoft’s Lavelle Road office, and undergo a four-month program under the guidance of mentors from the industry and Microsoft.
Microsoft had announced the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure program in India in early 2012. For four months starting September 3, 2012, the first batch of 11 startups, comprising amplyfy.me, CipherGraph, CloudInfra, Gameizon, HealthifyMe, HireRabbit, Nowfloats, Plustxt, Sparsha Learning, Whiteshark and World Without Me were incubated in the Accelerator facility in Microsoft’s Lavelle Road office. The first batch graduated on January 11, 2013, at a Demo Day held at the Accelerator facility, where they presented their progress before an audience comprising founders, mentors, venture capitalists and angel investors from India.
Describing the four month incubation period for the second batch, Mukund said: “All the 13 startups have great ideas. But they need support in a few critical areas to be able to mature those ideas into long-term profitable businesses. Our program is intended to focus on those areas. We will provide them access to our mentor network, from within and outside India. We will connect them to our network of early adopters so that they can define their product/market fit before a formal launch to market. And we will drive these four months as an intense boot camp where we will track the weekly progress of each startup and share reports with their mentors. It is going to be a lot of hard work, while we learn from each other, and have a lot of fun too!”