Applications are now open for the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure - 2013

In October, I introduced the finalists for the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, powered by TechStars. Over the past couple of months, these startups have been mentored by business and technology leaders, met with investors, learned from each other, and, most importantly, been building great products. You can learn more about the startups in the first class and how they’re using Windows Azure here.

As the first class approaches Demo Day on January 17th, I’m happy to announce that today we are opening applications for the second class of the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure. The second class will begin on April 1,, 2013 and conclude with Demo Day on June 26, 2013.

If you are currently working at a startup or considering founding your own company, I encourage you to apply. We’re accepting applications through February 1st, 2013. You can find more information about the Accelerator and the application process here.

It’s been truly inspiring to work with the current class of startups. This inaugural class has brought with them incredible energy and innovation and I look forward to reviewing the applications for this next class.

Hope this helps,

Scott

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Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012 11:45 AM by ScottGu
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# re: Applications are now open for the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure - 2013

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 5:34 PM by cs adnt

The apply link only allows for Azure/Seattle ? Is it reserved for USA? Is Europe an option ?

# re: Applications are now open for the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure - 2013

Thursday, December 20, 2012 1:27 PM by Miranda Luna

@cs adnt--

I'm part of the Microsoft team that works with the Accelerator.  

Applications are welcome from teams all over the world--the current class even includes a company from Australia!

Best,

Miranda Luna

# re: Applications are now open for the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure - 2013

Thursday, December 20, 2012 8:32 PM by Al Bsharah

Congrats on round 2, Scott!  We're proud to be a part of the first Azure Accelerator and can't wait for demo day. I'd be happy to speak with anyone about the program that has questions.

For the previous question, there are teams from Australia, Italy, and France, some from Seattle, and some from other parts of the US.

# re: Applications are now open for the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure - 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 5:44 PM by Lilia985

What are the other European countries that have joined the project at hand France and Austria?