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Games industry Fair 2013 Accelerate, Incubate or Seek Investment

  1. 1. Microsoft's Accelerator Program: How To Get Investment and Support Lee Stott Technical Evangelist
  2. 2. Why are we entering the indie start-up space? 1.Becoming part of the conversation It is in our DNA. Microsoft’s mission is to enable people and business around the world to realise their full potential. 2.Building trust and long-term relationships 3.Engendering platform adoption – but only if we can do 1 & 2 first 4.Working with indie start- ups makes us a better company
  3. 3. Aspiration: global footprint of 10 accelerators London London is the newest addition to the growing list Currently 4 Microsoft Ventures Accelerators: • Tel Aviv • Beijing • Bangalore • Seattle
  4. 4. Track record so far… Microsoft Ventures 50,000 companies are currently active in BizSpark worldwide (since 2008) 119 companies have gone through our accelerators to-date 85% have received funding on Demo Day or within 6 mos 35% of companies have reached series A to-date 6 participating companies have been acquired to-date >80% of participants said they valued the programme >95% of participants said they valued the MS Ventures team at the accelerator 95% of mentors have been retained by start-ups after the programme
  5. 5. Microsoft Ventures Accelerator London Global Power + Local Flavour
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  7. 7. London Accelerator Microsoft Ventures Main Accelerator • 12-week programme to commence late Nov/early Dec 2013 (pending building works) • Applications open 2nd Sept • Up to 20 start-ups per cycle – 50% tech/50% gaming • 1.5 intakes in FY13 (pilot + initial intake) Pilot Accelerator • 12-week programme to commenced 9th Sept 2013 • 5 companies • Tech and gaming start-ups represented • Located at Central Working’s co-working space on Bonhill St. next to Google Campus
  8. 8. Acceptance criteria • At seed stage (up to $500K in funding) • Have a big vision • Are full timers – have quit their day-job to do what they love • Have a tech person part of the team • Are a balanced team that can carry an idea from inception to launch • Have coachable founders • Be a BizSpark member – Register for FREE here • Our cloud is completely open source and friendly, so no matter what stack you’re building on, you can leverage our cloud. Start-ups accepted into the programme will be expected to test on Windows Azure. Microsoft Ventures
  9. 9. What makes us unique? Microsoft Ventures • Access to global partner ecosystem • Zero equity • Well-funded, fully staffed • Strong curriculum • 1:1 mentoring • Global Alumni Network • Publishing access to Windows 8, Windows Phone & XboxOne • Continuation plans
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  12. 12. • A three year project, based in Aalto University: a fusion of engineering + business + design • Funded with 18 M€ by Microsoft, Nokia and 3M€ Aalto University. • A new kind of seed accelerator for next generation of mobile experience 18
  13. 13. What is AppCampus? A Unique Accelerator • No Equity Dilution • No Revenue Share required • IPRs remain property of developers Three key facets • Award Platform • AppAcademy Coaching Program • Global Alumni Network Our only demand is 90 days exclusivity to Windows Phone 8 19
  14. 14. Criteria for Apps 21 Innovative Bring Innovation to the Windows Phone Ecosystem Differentiated/Unique Not already published in any mobile app stores Key features/APIs Support key features and APIs of the platform Convincing Overall Proposal Demonstrated design, technical, and business excellence Popularity/Commercial value Potential for mass appeal and/or revenue generation
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  16. 16. Lift Studio In-Residence Studio • “In-Residence” Studio based at Microsoft Lift London Studio, Soho • Advice/guidance/Mentorship from industry experts • Investment • Access to Hardware and Technology 25
  17. 17. In-Residence Program New “In-Residence” Team wanted Start Feb 2014 in Soho Office, London Contact Salvatore Fileccia
  18. 18. Its not an accelerator or incubator Its an investment fund.
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  26. 26. Thank you Please register at AppCampus - GreenShoots - Ventures London Accelerator - Lift London Studion “In-Residence” Lee Stott