Rocket fuel for your startup
The Microsoft Accelerator is already a global success story:
- One of the Top 3 accelerator programs worldwide by total and average follow-on funding.
- 7 locations worldwide: Berlin, London, Tel-Aviv, Seattle, Beijing, Bangalore, Shanghai.
- 500 startup participants since 2013.
- 41 startup exits, 3 IPOs, and 38 acquisitions (one by Microsoft) so far.
- Over $2 Billion in funding raised by Microsoft Accelerator Alumni.
- More than 80% of participating companies have raised funding.
Disrupting the Accelerator space
- We take NO SHARES – seriously!
- We address more mature companies (around Series A).
- We focus on scaling your company in sales, tech, talent & organization.
Want to Apply?
Here’s what we’re looking for:
- Business segments: B2B Tech Startups. We love (Big) Data, AI, ML & VR in particular.
- Startup stage: „Series A ready“: You have the financial capacity to raise a Series A round of
funding, or you have raised it already. You are preparing to become „Enterprise Ready“ and
scale your organization to the next level.
- Focus regions: Germany/DACH, Eastern Europe, Nordics, the Netherlands, Southern Europe.
- Readiness to scale: You have an outstanding team that is ready to scale, proven product
traction, solid revenues, and significant cloud usage.
- Your commitment: As a startup CEO, you must be willing to commit to active program
participation for 16 weeks, including a total of two weeks onsite at Microsoft Berlin. Plus, you must be able to de ne and create a „Scaling up with the Microsoft Accelerator“ action plan.
Your Benefit: Accelerated Growth
Customer Access/Business Development:
- Sales opportunities: Through introductions to potential customers, Microsoft partners and industry leaders.
- Strategic alliances: With Microsoft and Microsoft partners.
- Rapid internationalization: We help German companies expand internationally, and support
European startups in accessing the German market. Plus, you get a free desk at our Berlin office in the heart of the city, if needed.
- Access to experts: You’ll have direct contact with the brightest brains within our Microsoft Engineering Teams.
- Active support: Hackathons and brainstorming with experts will help you solve your biggest technology challenges.
- Microsoft Research: You’ll get access to Microsoft Research, a direct line to industry-leading AI/ML/Data Science/VR/AR experts and huge training data sets.
- A broad range of coaching opportunities: Cutting edge coaching in sales, pricing strategy, negotiation, scaling your organization, recruiting, CRM and marketing from leading experts.
- Pitching & presentation skills: From the speaker coaches that support the world-renowned TED conference.
- Hands-on mentoring: Supported by Microsoft Executives and more than 30 A-class mentors in Berlin and elsewhere, including VCs, business angels, serial founders and topic experts.
- Opportunities to connect with specialists within Microsoft Product Groups.
- Global alumni and success management programs, with access to an international
network of entrepreneurs and customers, plus multiple local and global events.
- Access to international top tech VCs from the US to China.
- Free access to Microsoft Software (incl. Visual Studio & Office 365)
+ AZURE CREDIT OF 500,000 $
It’s time to skyrocket your startup’s success with the Microsoft Accelerator.