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Microsoft BizSpark joins as a sponsor of Excelerate

Microsoft BizSpark is offering up to $60,000 in Windows Azure cloud-computing services for all members of the 2012 Excelerate class. Windows Azure is a simple and powerful cloud-computing platform for hosting applications and the creation of web applications and services. Microsoft has extended this offer to all members of the Techstars network, including Excelerate.

This is a great partnership and increasingly relevant as cloud computing continues to explode. This offer is a great addition to our arsenal of startup support, joining great mentorship, pro-bono legal, office space, and much more!

Filed under: Status Updates — Tags: , — February 6, 2012


Do you have a phenomenal idea for a startup? Are you building a team? A product? A company?

If so, we want you to apply to our Summer 2012 class! We offer an investment of up to $75,000, office space, pro bono legal, an intense network of one-on-one mentors, and much, much, more to help startups grow and excel!

We will select 10 companies to participate in our third-annual summer program. It’s an intense 13 weeks! Starting at the beginning of June, we match the selected companies with great mentors who can advise them and help them build connections to growth their business. During July, everyone focuses on growth. The program culminates in an Investor Demo Day at the end of August, where the companies showcase their progress and plans at the House of Blues to more than 400 angel and venture investors from around the country.

The 2010 and 2011 Excelerate classes have had great success. They have raised a total of more than $12 Millon in venture funding and creating over 100 new jobs. These companies contribute to an alumni network we’re very proud of – one filled with great entrepreneurs.

If all of this sounds like it might be a good fit for you, please apply! The deadline for early consideration is March 1st, and we recommend applying early to stand out amongst hundreds of applications. The final application deadline is March 16th at midnight.


Filed under: Status Updates — Tags: , — February 1, 2012

Wisdom from Steve Jobs

Why you should apply to Excelerate this coming February – Steve said it best:

Filed under: Status Updates — Tags: — November 30, 2011