Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – July 2019

Over the past few months, we have had the chance to meet with thousands of incredible entrepreneurs around the world. One of the consistent things we hear from startups is that access is tough to come by. We’ve taken that feedback to heart and are investing heavily in ways to increase access to technology, access to business connections and access to ecosystem partners. Check out what’s new this month.

Startup Showcase

Data Management Startup Helps Customers Save Money By Seamlessly Moving “Cold” Data to the Cloud


Komprise is an intelligent data management solution that quickly identifies cold (infrequently accessed) data stored on costly on-premises storage systems and moves it transparently to much more cost-effective cloud storage. Customers only pay for what they use. Komprise is ideal for handling live media or petabytes of archives and makes data available to customers anywhere through REST-based object storage. They can also search for hidden insights through big data analytics, anywhere, at scale. The company closed three strategic deals in less than four months selling alongside Microsoft.


Ascend CEO Sean Knapp: Focus, Speed and Intensity Key to Startup Success

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Sean Knapp, Founder and CEO at Ascend sat down with Silicon Valley Managing Director, Shaloo Garg to share his thoughts on the 3 ingredients that set successful startups apart. Read how focus, speed and intensity can help set you up for success.


Ecosystem Events

Startups Converge at Microsoft Inspire

In July, Microsoft Inspire brought together thousands of our leading partners to connect, collaborate and celebrate as one community. This year, Microsoft for Startups and M12 are hosted 24 startups in a dedicated “Startup Gallery” where they were able to meet with partners and Microsoft sales teams for three packed days. The startups who took part included: Actionable Science, Cerebri AI, Contact Engine, DefinedCrowd, Jepeddo, Baffle, Incorta, Interana, Unravel  Data, KrypC, StreamSets, Remilia, Eagle Genomics, Innovaccer, Talview, Vyuu Labs, Workboard,, Contrast Security, SpyCloud, Silverfort and WhiteSource Software.


Women Founders Network: Dolphin Tank in LA


Microsoft for Startups teamed with Women Founders Network to host Dolphin Tank, Los Angeles which brings together top startups founded by Female founders into a forum with investors, partners, customers and private equity firms to showcase their business models and aspirations to scale. Over 150 attendees joined in during which top finalists presented their pitches and got advice from VC’s , Corporates (J&J, Merck, Mckesson etc) and entrepreneurs on GTM strategy, growth strategies etc. Shaloo Garg joined in as a judge to select the finalists for the Global Women Founders Network series slated in October in UCLA.


She Loves Tech: World’s Largest Startup Competition, For Women, By Women

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The Microsoft for Startups China Team supported She Loves Tech the world’s largest startup competition. The organization is committed to supporting technology for women, created by women. Their goal is to provide a platform for tech companies, investors, entrepreneurs, startups to promote women in technology.


Backstage Capital Accelerator Wraps Up First Cohort

Over the past month, founders who took part Backstage Capital Accelerator’s inaugural cohorts celebrated their graduation from the program. Backstage Accelerator is a 3-month program designed to give founders the support they need to reach their next critical milestone. Founders worked with a team of experienced, passionate facilitators and received mentorship, investment capital, and access to potential investor networks. Members of the team including US MD Shaloo Garg were in attendance. You watch the video here:



Upcoming Events

Traction Vancouver (August 7-8th)

Traction brings together proven entrepreneurs who share their hard-won insights over the course of two days in Vancouver BC. Microsoft for Startups will be on hand to support the event. You can read more here.



Exploring the world of investing with Yipin Ng, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Yunqi Partners

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The latest episode of China Innovation Decoded features YiPin Ng who shares how he went from an engineer at Sun Microsystems to founding Yunqi Partners and the world of investing.


The Secret Formula of Tech Plus Design with Steve Wang, COO and Cofounder of Tezign

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This episode we invited Steve Wang, COO and Co-founder of Tezign. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from ZheJiang University and then went on to receive his Masters from Columbia University.