Microsoft Ventures Lunch n’ Learn Recap

Author: BC Tech Association

On November 2nd, the BCTIA played host to Microsoft Ventures for both a Lunch n’ Learn and a Connection Day at The Hub. Tim Enger, Business Manager at Microsoft Ventures, visited The Hub to discuss the many things that Microsoft is doing to help support startups around the world.

The Lunch n’ Learn presentation focused on Microsoft Ventures’ Accelerator Programs – programs designed to provide access to mentors, experts, and other resources needed to help tech companies scale. There are currently seven such programs operating in cities across the globe, including Beijing, Berlin, London, Paris, Seattle, Bangalore, and Tel Aviv. At this session, Tim paid particular focus to Microsoft’s upcoming Seattle accelerator cohort, focused on machine learning.

Each of the cohort companies will receive access to several key benefits, including:

  • $500,000 of Azure Cloud Service Credits;
  • Access to customers;
  • Mentorship by Microsoft product teams;
  • $25,000 of funding to offset the costs of relocating to Seattle;

And Microsoft will not be taking an equity stake in the participating companies.

In order to be considered for the cohort, companies must complete an online application. Applications are now open, and will close November 20th, to be followed by a round of judging on December 15th. The selected companies will start the program on February 2nd.

We would like to sincerely thank Tim Enger and Microsoft Ventures for visiting The Hub and hosting this highly informative event.

To learn more about the Microsoft Ventures Seattle Accelerator Program, click here.

To learn more about upcoming events at The Hub, check out our Events Calendar.