Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, which takes place in India, is a four month program that is designed to help tech start-ups make it big when it comes to the Cloud, Internet, and Mobile. Microsoft provides a state-of-the-art work space, elite mentors from the industry, and necessary tools for these start-ups.
In a press release, Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure has announced the first batch of graduates of the program. "Out of 200+ applications received from early stage startups, 11 companies, namely amplyfy.me, HealthifyMe, CipherGraph, CloudInfra, Gameizon, HireRabbit, Nowfloats, Plustxt, Sparsha Learning, Whitesharkk and Junior & Us, were selected to constitute the first batch," Microsoft stated. These 11 companies have graduated the program and received help from Microsoft in turning a project into an effective business.
“We provided them access to our community of 100+ mentors, from within and outside India, across varied industries, who are fully committed to ensure the success of the startups. We provided them access to our vast network of early adopters so that they could define their product/market fit before a formal launch to market. And we ensured that the last four months was an intense boot camp, where we tracked the weekly progress of each startup and provided reports to their mentors. The rigor has inculcated a deep sense of discipline among the teams. All of them are now ready to venture out on their own. We are hopeful some will soon emerge as lighthouse companies from India,” Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure CEO-in-residence Mukund Mohan added.
Microsoft is also accepting applicants for the second batch of participants. This time, Microsoft wants to have 15 start-ups participate in the program. The second round will begin March 1, 2013 and will last four months. Microsoft will be selecting and finalizing the list of 15 start-ups on February 1, 2013. If you are a tech start-up and you are interested in the program, hit the source link below.