Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – October 2019


From the amazing momentum we saw with startups scaling and helping enterprise companies digitally transform, to the incredible work happening with startup enabling organizations developing top-notch ecosystems around the world, to the founders themselves, it has been an inspiring month. Let’s jump in.


have|need Delivers 21st Century Mobile Bartering Platform

Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – October 2019

Bartering is simple. Somebody has something you want, you have something that person wants and the bartering commences. Sounds simple. But let’s say you have a lemon, and someone else needs an apple. Somebody else has an apple, but you need an orange. Enter have|need a mobile service that can act as a facilitator, overcoming roadblocks and making more complex interdependent transactions work with the application of a little intelligent, crowd-sourced sophistication. Read the full story here.

Startup News

M12 Microsoft’s Venture Fund Partners with Melinda Gate’s Pivotal Ventures to Launch 2nd Annual Female Founders Competition

Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – October 2019

Last year, companies founded solely by women garnered only 2.3% of the total capital invested in venture-backed startups. M12 - Microsoft's Venture Fund - Microsoft's Venture Fund is partnering with Melinda Gates’ Pivotal Ventures and Mayfield Fund to invest $6 million in the best B2B startups, founded by women. Applications are now being accepted through December 15th. Learn more and apply here.

Teaming with Startup Edmonton

Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – October 2019

One the eve of Startup Week in Edmonton, we announced a partnership with the city’s leading innovation hub, Startup Edmonton.  The collaboration includes a multitude of events including recruitment showcases, underrepresented founder workshops, CTO dinners and a collection of lunch and learns. Unique to this partnership, Startup Edmonton will also be converting their internal café into the Microsoft for Startups Café.

Microsoft Reactor Debuts in Toronto

Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – October 2019

On October 9th, the doors swung wide on our latest Microsoft Reactor housed in the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. The grand opening event included a welcome reception which including a keynote from Chad Fowler, the General Manager and CTO of Microsoft for Startups.

Founders Series

Interview with David Washbrook — Look Who’s Charging

Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – October 2019

Sydney Managing Director, Emily Rich sat down with David Washbrook, co-founder of Look Who’s Charging to get his advice on what it takes to run a successful startup. From time-management to learning more from your mistakes than your successes, check out David’s tips here.

Rona Segev, Founder Partner of TLV Partners on Creating the Perfect Deck for Your Board Meeting

Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – October 2019

According to Rona Segev, the goal of a board meeting should be to maximize the value you get while minimizing the amount of time you spend preparing. In this short post, she provides some quick tips and links to resources to quickly create a powerful presentation.

Ecosystem Events

TechCrunch Disrupt Female Founders Reception

Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – October 2019

Kicking off TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, we hosted over 300 hundred female entrepreneurs at a female founder reception. Defined Crowd CEO, Daniella Braga welcomed the attendees with an overview of how she used partnerships as a cornerstone of scaling her AI startup.

Project Highway Rolls On in India

Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – October 2019

As part of the Highway to a Hundred Unicorns initiative Microsoft for Startups is engaging with innovators and entrepreneurs through a series of outreach programs across so-called second tier cities in India. The impetus on innovation and entrepreneurship in India is helping startups to stem from not just metropolitan hubs like Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore, but also other Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities. However, some of the key challenges in scaling their businesses include lack of cutting-edge technology support and dearth of mentorship from ecosystem players. In a bid to address these challenges, Microsoft for Startups has launched Highway to a Hundred Unicorns, a series of events dedicated to enabling these startups.

Beijing Welcomes New Batch of 18 Startups

Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – October 2019

Microsoft for Startups Beijing announced 18 startups for the 2019 fall batch. For this new batch, we are the team welcomes founders from technology sets including AI, big data, AR/VR, autopilot, image recognition, construction robots and blockchain. In addition, many core founding members have also served as senior management at Microsoft, Alibaba, Huawei, Tesla, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sinotrans, Google, Goldman Sachs, SAP, Facebook, eBay, DHL and other well-known institutions at home and abroad.

Microsoft Scaleup Cohort Wraps in London

Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – October 2019

Microsoft for Startups UK welcomed its last 2019 ScaleUp cohort on Friday 11th October for a full 4 months program with workshops and networking to meet one another!

The London team organized sessions for 14 amazing startups: Avora (UK), Causalens (UK), (Ireland), (Norway), Humio (UK), Hunit (Norway), Mainstreaming (Italy), MyCuJoo (Netherlands), Nova Leah (Ireland), (France), (UK), RecommenderX (Ireland), Sitemark (Belgium) and TurinTech (UK).

AI for Good Accelerator Program Kicks Off

Microsoft for Startups Ecosystem Update – October 2019

Also in London, Microsoft Future Decoded UK was an action packed event where AI was top of mind. Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer at Microsoft announced the second cohort of the AI for Good accelerator program which will focus on four key areas: Earth, Accessibility, Humanitarian Action and Cultural Heritage.

Upcoming Events

Slush (Helsinki, Finland. November 21-22)

Finland’s premier startup event is taking place in Helsinnki. Over 50 members of team will be hand to engage with you. We will have several ways to connect. You can meet with us at the Slush Founder Day, attend mentoring sessions in are booth or schedule 1:1 meetings through the official Slush Matchmaking Tool.

Microsoft Ignite the Tour (Worldwide 2019-2020)

Learn innovative ways to build solutions and migrate and manage your infrastructure. Connect with over likeminded people focused on software development, security, architecture, and IT. Explore new hands-on experiences that will help you innovate in areas such as security, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure and development.

Find a city near you.

Podcasts and Webcasts

Transacting Through Microsoft Commercial Marketplace (On-Demand Content)

Back by popular demand - we will be hosting an encore presentation for this virtual workshop. This session will teach ISVs how to benefit from Microsoft’s commercial marketplace as a sales channel, configure offerings according to desired business models, and integrate with commerce platform functionality to leverage transaction capabilities.