From Finance to Virtual Reality: Meet London’s Spring Cohort

It’s that time of year again! It seems like only yesterday we were busy celebrating The Pitch back in December, and now we get to welcome nine exciting new teams into the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London for the next 12 weeks.

We have a real mix of teams in our spring cohort, specializing in a range of verticals from FinTech and big data to IoT retail, mobile apps and more. This time around it’s a bit different; we’ve shifted to taking on a killer combination of both younger, promising startups and more mature startups that have already raised their seed round. For these later-stage startups, we’ll focus on helping them get to their Series A.

We are just kicking off the first week here in London with orientation and team building exercises, as well as some one-on-one sessions with each team to uncover their chief needs and what they have to do to reach their goals. This lets us better tailor the program to the needs of each startup and leads to healthier, stronger teams in the long run.

We’re excited about the next 12 weeks, and before we know it, we’ll be at The Pitch on June 3rd, showcasing our wonderful startups and the progress they’ve made. Good luck to all the teams—enjoy the journey!

If you want to get involved in our next cohort or attend any of our events, follow us on Twitter for application news and important dates.

Read all about the new cohort below:

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CityFALCON is designed for active retail traders and investors. They provide next generation, market-leading solutions for a portfolio of stocks, indices, foreign exchange and commodities. Users can access crowd-sourced, crowd-curated, real-time news and tweets for their portfolio from 200+ online publications and Twitter. They can also find the best leverage trading (spread betting/CFD/FX) broker for their portfolio based on their trading preferences, and can take advantage of tax-effective leverage trading strategies to further increase their gains. Twitter: @CityFalconFolio | Website: www.cityfalcon.com, www.CompareSpreadBetting.com Video: Hear from the team
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Firef.ly is a mobile app that passively and actively stitches together the most important moments of any trip into a digital story of your travels. Your Firef.ly trail is your GPS location, which we use to elegantly blend these moments into a map over time. Firef.ly distils the best of trip planning, travel guides, journaling and mementos for a beautiful experience, designed for today’s smartphone-enabled traveller. Twitter: @FireflyEditor | Website: www.firef.ly Video: Hear from the team
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iddo BMX Tricks Sensor is a next generation extendable sensor that bridges the gap between technology and extreme sports. With iddo, sports become the game, and the world your playground. Twitter: @im_iddo | Website: https://www.imiddo.com Video: Hear from the team
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PlayCanvas is an open source HTML5 game engine with powerful cloud-based tools and a thriving online community. Thousands of game developers are using PlayCanvas to build amazing games for every mobile and desktop platform. Twitter: @playcanvas | Website: https://playcanvas.com Video: Hear from the team
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Pointr is an indoor positioning and navigation technology that works on multiple platforms, is easy to deploy, and requires minimal maintenance. The SDK modules also include contextual messaging and data analytics that provide a powerful platform to connect the online and offline world. Twitter: @PointrLabs | Website: www.pointrlabs.com Video: Hear from the team
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Suade is an open platform for financial regulation designed to prevent the next financial crisis. Twitter: @SuadeLabs | Website: https://suade.org Video: Hear from the team
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Tradiio is the first crowdsourced streaming platform, where users listen to new music and identify the best artists by virtually investing in the songs they believe in the most. Twitter: @Tradiio | Website: www.tradiio.com Video: Hear from the team
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truRating is revolutionising consumer insight – by allowing every customer to have a say when they pay. truRating will provide businesses with real-time, mass, representative consumer insight at an affordable price and on a scale never seen before – and consumers with the first truly trustworthy ratings website. Twitter: @trurating | Website: https://www.trurating.com Video: Hear from the team
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ViSR-VR is a fledgling VR company based in the UK with one simple mission: to create high quality VR experiences for consumers and brands at a price which is both affordable and scalable. Proudly owning its own manufacture base, ViSR-VR has a flexibility and quality of manufacture and innovation not seen in any of its competitors. Twitter: @VISRvr | Website: https://www.visr-vr.com Video: Hear from the team