Microsoft has announced the names of 12 early stage start-ups it is backing through its recently launched London-based accelerator programme next year.
Microsoft is launching similar accelerators in ten cities worldwide, including Bangalore, Beijing, Paris, Seattle and Tel-Aviv.
The 12-week Microsoft Ventures Accelerator programme, based out of London’s Tech City in east London, will start next February and includes mentoring, technical assistance and access to resources that support cloud, mobile or gaming products or services.
A step towards investment
The companies will also get access to three years of free software and support.
At the end of next year’s programme the start-ups will get the chance to pitch their ideas to venture capitalists and other investors.
Michel Van der Bel, managing director of Microsoft UK and vice president of Microsoft International, said, “Through Microsoft Ventures, we’re getting back to our entrepreneurial roots to work with entrepreneurs at every stage of maturity across the startup ecosystem – from idea to product and then into market and beyond.”
The ones getting the backing
The 12 start-ups Microsoft is backing next year in London are:
Barpass: a mobile ordering platform that lets consumers order and pay for their food, drink or merchandise, automatically.
Buying Butler: making complex purchases simple
Caribu: allows young children and their families to video-call and read books at the same time, “no matter where they are”
Cognisess: a people analytics solution that uses objective performance-based games, big data insight and neuroscience
Dataloop.io: a cloud monitoring service designed for enterprises
Gateway Interactive: their latest game, Pure Space, aims to provide players with a “new and never before seen game experience” by taking advantage of the latest cloud technologies
SKARA: is both a versus game and a multiplayer game featuring adversarial control and combat set in massive multiplayer arenas that “will revolutionise the social fighting landscape”
Stat.io: is building a search engine for “the world’s socio-economic data”
UXCam is an app that captures usability data when a user interacts with an app, providing visual and statistical insights to “improve usability of the app or website”
Vastari: a “unique” online platform to connect museum curators and private collectors for exhibition loans
Vivid Technologies: Tackling customer service issues – by “ending the endless wait and annoyance of a customer service call”
Von Bismark: are building an ecommerce platform for the high street, “pioneering the next wave of the physical web for retail”.
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