The Windows Azure Accelerator Program

Microsoft will be hosting a three month Windows Azure accelerator program in Seattle, Washington . The program will run from September through December. The program will support 10 companies in an intense operation to prepare companies to move their programs  to the Azure cloud.

What types of businesses is the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure focusing on? They are open to all business ideas and innovations that utilize Windows Azure. They are also looking for companies that can have national or global reach.

The program is mentored by TechStars, a firm devoted to helping startups. Microsoft and TechStars have worked together before and are keen on the prospects of having companies learn how to create apps to reside on the Azure Cloud.

Company Participation

For the 10 applicants selected to participate in the program, this is what they will get.

  • An investment of $20,000, managed by TechStars a company that provides seeding to startup companies.
  • All the resources of Microsoft BizSpark will be available including $60,000 in Azure credit through the Microsoft BizSpark Plus Program
  • Mentorship from top entrepreneurs, investors, and Microsoft executives together with Office Space and Technical Training and Support
  • A Demonstration Day will be given to investors, VCs, media, and industry influentials to show the results of the accelerator program on the startups and their designs.

So far, the accelerator program has found implementation in China, India, and Israel. In each case the software and web and game development made an impact on startups.

Trying it now in the US will add more impetus to the Cloud and it can show how to take startups to the next level. This approach can help a company get to the big time quickly instead of waiting for several years to accomplish the same attention. The three month program starts October 1st and it ends January 17th.

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