Microsoft Ventures Accelerator London Opens for Entries from Startups


Microsoft Level39Microsoft has opened its second Microsoft Ventures Accelerator London programme, starting in September. Microsoft is looking for startups in the areas of big data, mobile, social, eCommerce, retail and games.

Online fashion retailer ASOS has joined the application evaluation panel, with the aim of identifying high-potential retail startups, and will be acting as a mentor to successful applicants.

The programme will be in residence at Canary Wharf incubator space Level39 – which has also become a BizSpark Plus Network Partner, giving it the ability to offer its hosted startups access to £60,000 worth of credits on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

The government-backed GrowthAccelerator programme, meanwhile, will be offering graduating startups a free one-hour session with a Growth Manager to help fast-track them onto the service.

“Since launching Microsoft Ventures in the UK less than nine months ago, the interest and engagement in our programme has exceeded our expectations, receiving rave reviews from the startups participating, and interest from Tech City based organisations and corporates looking to collaborate with us,” said Anand Krishnan, general manager of Microsoft UKs developer and platform group. “Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued dedication to the London startup community at large, and also reflects the wider trend where we now have a UK startup ecosystem with the potential to deliver blockbuster tech companies on a global stage.”