Microsoft Accelerator’s tenth cohort, comprising 14 startups, graduated at the Summer 2017 edition of Think Next, in Bengaluru. Think Next is Microsoft Accelerator’s flagship forum, which brings together thought leaders in technology, who are driving transformation via innovation. The graduating cohort was presented to an audience of over 400 representatives from leading corporates, investors, industry thought leaders and Microsoft leadership.
The cohort underwent an intensive 14-week program at the Microsoft Accelerator in Bengaluru to increase their Enterprise Readiness Quotient. The 14 startups are Acebot, Active.ai, FirstHive, Heckyl, Karomi, Lavelle Networks, LetsTransport, QuestionPro, Sigtuple, Syscloud, Tricog, vPhrase, WittyParrot and Zenatix.
Think Next Summer 2017 saw keynotes by Team Indus on ‘Mission to Moon‘, and Everwell on ’Scaling to the next Billion’. One of the highlights of the day was a session where Microsoft presented a well curated set of startups, to a select audience of investors and corporate leaders under Microsoft Accelerator’s Market Access Program initiative. On the sideline of the event, a closed session was organised for CXOs on ‘How enterprises can get startup ready’. Think Next also hosted the fifth edition of ‘All India Accelerators & Incubators Meet’. For further action, please view updates #Thinknext2017 here.
Wipro Partnership Update
K. R. Sanjiv, Chief Technology Officer, Wipro Limited presented an update on the Microsoft-Wipro partnership to the audience. He spoke about how Wipro has introduced MA portfolio companies such as CustomerXPS, CloudCherry, Altizon, WittyParrot and Vymo to Wipro customers & solution teams to create joint propositions. Wipro has seen good synergies between the startups at MA and its customers, because of the enterprise focus of the startups and quality of their innovation
‘Hackathon for India Stack’ BY Microsoft and Accenture
Microsoft also showcased the winners of the ‘Hackathon for India Stack’, which was held on 3rd -4th June, in partnership with Accenture. The winners were chosen from a pool of over 200 registered teams. The hackathon invited participants to solve social problems using India Stack. The hackathon was judged by a panel including Bala Girisaballa, Avnish Sabharwal, Managing Director, Ventures & Open Innovation, Accenture and Sanjay Jain, Fellow, iSPIRT.
The successful graduation of the cohort reflects Microsoft’s long-standing commitment to supporting entrepreneurs. As alumni, the startups will continue to be supported by Microsoft Accelerator as strategic partners, on unparalleled global market access, corporate connect and technology advancement.
Commenting on the graduation, Bala Girisaballa, CEO-in-Residence, Microsoft Accelerator said, “The cohort put together innovative B2B oriented startups, from different verticals – all of whom faced unique challenges. Having been mentored by a team of accomplished experts & having gained hands-on experience on Microsoft Azure, the startups are now looking to explore larger markets and work with the best in the industry. We are extremely delighted to see some great results from this batch. I wish the graduating batch the best of luck for their future endeavors.”