Five City Accelerator Meetups Announced

On June 17th we announced our newest Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Partnership with American Family Insurance. We're happy to share that the interest level has been high with a number of quality applications submitted. After strong momentum in our global accelerators, we are now looking for companies in the US that we can grow using the resources from Microsoft and American Family Insurance. We would like to tap into local startup ecosystems and meet promising startups in person.

Five City Accelerator Meetups Announced

Starting July 2nd, Microsoft Ventures will hit the road to meet entrepreneurs and startups in the US that are interested in applying to the program or who might have questions. We will host meetups in five cities across the US to connect with startups. We will talk about how Microsoft and American Family Insurance are committed to working with top entrepreneurs and startups to innovate the homes of tomorrow. We’ll share our learnings in IoT and Microsoft’s vision in this area. You will also learn about the upcoming Seattle accelerator and lessons learned from our global startup accelerators. The teams on the tour will include senior executives from Microsoft Ventures and American Family Insurance.

In addition, the event will provide an opportunity for five startups to pitch in front of the startup community, Microsoft Ventures and American Family Ventures teams.

We are focused on finding great teams with big visions who can benefit from the unique combination of workspace, tools, insights and mentorship that only Microsoft and American Family Insurance can provide. We look forward to meeting startups in the local ecosystems across the US that are innovating in the IoT space!

ChicagoJuly 2nd6pm to 9pm1871Register here
AustinJuly 7th6pm to 9pmCapital FactoryRegister here
San FranciscoJuly 9th4pm to 8pmRocketSpaceRegister here
Los AngelesJuly 10th6pm to 9pmCoLoftRegister here
New YorkJuly 17th6pm to 9pmThe Invisible DogRegister here

To register for these events, please follow #MVMeetup to learn more about an event happening in your area. Please see our FAQ section for more information. To apply to the accelerator, please apply by visiting We are accepting applications now. Applications close on July 21st, 2014 for batch 1. The first class will start in August.