The Microsoft for Startups AI for Good accelerator in Israel, which promotes AI-based ventures focused on environmental and social sustainability, is launching its fourth year with 14 startups selected out of hundreds of applicants. In collaboration with Tech for Good, the award-winning accelerator has already supported over 1,000 startups.
The program will support Israeli startups that harness AI technologies to tackle environmental and social challenges, drive sustainable innovation and promote a more equitable future. MS partnered with Peral Cohen, ESOP, and Startup Nation finder as program partners to enhance the support and value to the startups. The participants will be mentored by experts from Israel and abroad who will provide them with technological and business support.
Focusing on innovation and positive impacts
Microsoft views the program as a strategic link to the Israeli tech ecosystem. Participating startups will be exposed to a variety of Microsoft activities, experts, and tools. In addition, the program opens opportunities with other a wide range of departments at MS such as:
The startups also get to take part in the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, granting benefits worth over $350,000. These benefits also include access to Microsoft’s and Open AI’s artificial intelligence tools, with an emphasis on responsible AI.
“AI is found in almost every system designed today,” says Raz Bachar, managing director of Microsoft for Startups Israel. “Correct and efficient use of this technology can make all the difference between a venture’s success and its failure. We are happy to support companies that harness this power for positive goals, creating a significant impact and better future for us all.”
Microsoft’s support will enable the companies in the accelerator to enhance their technology, establish international connections, and achieve their full potential. We will provide them with the highest level of mentorship as they join with our alumni to strengthen our partnerships.
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