Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – December 2019

Date Updated: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

End of the year. End of the decade. Let’s take a last look back at some of the key Microsoft for Startups stories from December 2019 as we head into the roaring twenties!

Startups Light Up Microsoft Ignite

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Microsoft Ignite the Tour rumbled on with Microsoft for Startup showcasing some of the most innovative local startups at each stop. Sao Paulo in December saw six startups make their first appearance at an Ignite event.

· Antecipa

· Celcoin

· Indikatore

· MedLogic

· Neomode

· VaultOne

Later in the month, Ignite arrived in Argentina

Next week Ignite will arrive in Toronto bringing another cohort of startups to the 416 area code. To find out when the Microsoft Ignite tour will arrive near you, read more here.

Silicon Valley startup dotData provides full-cycle data science automation

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Ryohei Fujimaki and his team at dotData have built their data science automation platform, resulting in the company being selected by CRN as one of its Big Data Startups To Know In 2019. dotData democratizes and accelerates the end-to-end process from data to production, bringing the fruits of data science to enterprises large and small, shortening project timelines and enabling more people to create successful data science projects. Read more here.

The Best of 2019

Global Trends & Top Startups: 2019 Edition

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We asked the Microsoft for Startups MDs from around the world to share some of their highlights form 2019, the companies they met and the technologies that impressed them the most. We also asked them to identify trends from their regions for 2020 and pick out some of the names that will be on everyone’s lips a year from now. Read more here.

Microsoft for Startups News Roundup

Microsoft for Startups partners with BC Tech to accelerate startups on the West Coast

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Microsoft for Startups and the BC Tech Association announced a partnership that will develop, strengthen and accelerate the growth of the startup ecosystem on the west coast of Canada. Through a series of joint events, local startups will have the opportunity to tap into Microsoft’s technical resources, business experts, and free cloud services, while leveraging BC Tech’s network and infrastructure. Read more here.

Ecosystem Events

Office Hours on Business Value of Azure Marketplace

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Early in December, Microsoft for Startups, San Francisco went out and met startup founders in their natural habitat, Palo Alto! Shaloo Garg and Brian Bell met with B2B founders and shared the business value of being on Azure Marketplace with insights into how it can help startups accelerate their business. Based on positive response, this is likely to become a regular get together with new topics every month.

Holiday Party with Women Founders

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How could we let the decade end without a toast? At the San Francisco Reactor, Microsoft for Startups hosted a Women Founders Peer to Peer holiday networking event where along with eggnog, festive hats and spicy hors d’oeuvres, the team shared best ways for women entrepreneurs to engage with Microsoft. With over 80 women attending this event, there was open conversation about which areas are ripe for women entrepreneurs to engage in for funding and what’s on their wish list for 2020.

Accelerator in a Day, Portugal

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At the end of November, 2019, 25 startups from all over Portugal came together to condense a 16-week accelerator program into an eight-hour day. Microsoft for Startups teamed up with Centrado Advising to run a hands-on session from how to put together a team to developing the right value proposition while boosting the effectiveness of managing projects.

Microsoft for Startups Day at São Paulo, Brazil

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In early December, the Startups and Cloud Advocacy teams in Latam hosted the first Microsoft for Startups day, a full day event at São Paulo office. There we had more than attendees from a wide range of startups, with session on business development, go-to-market strategy and coselling with Microsoft.

VC Pitch Day, Shanghai

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On December 11, 2019 Microsoft for Startups, China kicked off its latest VC Pitch Day with a welcoming speech from CEO James Chou. There were nine startups and more than 42 investors gathered in our Shanghai office, representing industries as diverse as Automobile, AI, Robotics and more. Each startup was given 15 minutes to present their ideas and latest developments. After that, VCs were given the opportunity to initiate deeper conversations and explore potential collaborations.

Johnson & Johnson Corporate Visit Day

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On December 12, Johnson & Johnson hosted Microsoft for Startups and a group of startups at their Asia Pacific Innovation Center in Shanghai, to explore cooperation possibilities. The meeting was chaired by Tyrone Mao, Senior Director of Consumer Scientific Innovation for Johnson & Johnson. Following a valuable introductory session, a roundtable initiated fierce discussions on supply chain forecasting, product development and data-driven sales empowerment.

Upcoming Events

AI Factory for Agrifood – France

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Microsoft and Danone are getting ready to launch the AI Factory for Agrifood - a three-month accelerator program for innovative AI-based solutions. To learn more about the selection criteria and apply to be part of the program, click here.

Microsoft for Startups Tech Evening – London, UK

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Focusing on startup engineering and bringing together some of the most talented tech leaders tackling hard problems. This event will be a mix of meetup, networking and fantastic technical content to start 2020. To learn more about this event and to register for free, go here.

Microsoft for Startups | ScaleUp Graduation – London, UK

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Come and meet the latest round of graduates who are leveraging Microsoft technologies & commercial partnerships to unlock business growth through new channels, markets, and customers. The event will conclude with networking and a chance to chat with these amazing companies. To learn more amd register for free, click here.

Upcoming Webinars

Getting Started with Azure—live demo and Q&A session (multiple dates available)

Join a live session to get your questions answered in real time by Azure technical experts and learn how to get help when you need it.

Accelerate time to insight with Azure Synapse Analytics (on demand)

Learn how to simplify your data lake and data warehousing solutions with Azure Synapse Analytics. Query data on your terms using on-demand or provisioned resources. Experience a limitless analytics service built to ingest, prep, manage, and serve data, accelerating your time to insight.

Extend Azure management anywhere with Azure Arc (on demand)

Learn how to use Azure Arc Preview to manage all your resources in a hybrid environment. Seamlessly govern and manage on-premises and cloud resources including Linux and Windows virtual machines, Kubernetes clusters, and databases within in Azure.

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