Microsoft Ventures Northeast Events

Microsoft Ventures (MSV) info event in Boston and New York is taking place soon. You’ll get to learn about the next MSV Accelerator focused on Machine Learning, network with MSV folks from Seattle, and learn how to apply. Please find details below.

NEW YORK
DATE: October, 21, 2015
TIME: 6-8 PM
LOCATION: NYU, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship
REGISTRATION: http://aka.ms/domoredata-nyc

BOSTON
DATE: October, 22, 2015
TIME: 6-8 PM
LOCATION: Venture Café
http://aka.ms/domoredata-boston

Since we assume you’re coming straight from work, light apps and drinks will be provided. RSVP while there’s still room!

Microsoft Ventures

Microsoft Ventures is a global initiative empowering entrepreneurs around the world on their journey to build great companies. We’re focused on building partnerships with venture funds, angel investors, incubators, accelerators, corporate executives, and at the core startups, as well as run its own accelerators around the world. Our goal and objective is to help scale and grow startups by giving them a great working environment, access to mentors and service providers, free technological tools and connecting them to Microsoft’s customers and business partners. The next batch of the program opens on Feb 2016 and it’s going to be themed around Machine Learning and Data Science. We will be targeting startups that are a more mature than previous batches – such that raised $1M-$1.5M, with an existing product and maybe even initial traction.

 

The 4-month program offers the following unique and distinctive benefits to the startups:

  • No Equity Program – all the benefits in the program are totally free, takes no equity or any other type of payment or special rights in the companies.
  • Access to Microsoft facility in downtown Seattle, the startup hub in the city.
  • $25K no-strings attached one-time gift to cover travel and living expenses
  • Technology agnostic – companies can be accepted to the program using any technology they want. It’s up to the company to decide whether they use Microsoft’s technologies to boost their growth or use any other infrastructure that fits their need.
  • Having said that, startups that choose to use Azure will enjoy the help of the ML product group in architecting their solutions to the right size and using the cutting edge services Azure ML offers.
  • Access to the Microsoft distribution channels – Microsoft Ventures is committed to help startups who have relevant products to our customers and partners get connected to them through our massive distribution channels. In addition, startups will receive assistance in getting set up on the Azure Marketplace allowing the Microsoft sales reps to sell their solutions with higher incentives.
  • Free of Microsoft Azure – startups in the program will be automatically enrolled to BizSpark Plus program and be credited for $500K of cloud usage (storage and compute) for 3 years, to be used in their own pace. This allows the startup to focus on the crucial business aspects of their company.

What’s in it for Microsoft?

From the experience Microsoft Ventures has acquired in the last 3.5 years, working with hundreds of startups from all around the world, we noticed startups are choosing to use Microsoft’s infrastructure because they see the great value in partnering with us. We would like to give more startups the opportunity to enjoy the values we provide them and create more partnerships for Microsoft.

 

Apply today at aka.ms/domoredata

 

Microsoft Ventures Connected Devices Accelerator Pitch Event in NYC 7/17

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Recently Microsoft Ventures in partnership with American Family Insurance, announced a new Seattle based accelerator for Home Automation. This 4 month program based in Redmond, will provide mentorship, workspace,  a $25,000 investment, and access to Microsoft Technology & Design.

To help launch this initiative, MS Ventures will be holding an event on July 17th at the Invisible Dog in Brooklyn NY for startups innovating in the Home Automation and Connected Devices space. This event will provide an opportunity to network and identify incubator applicants through a pitch process.  Read more “Microsoft Ventures Connected Devices Accelerator Pitch Event in NYC 7/17”

IT Pro Track @ Techstravaganza

IT Pro @ Techstravaganza 2014

The New York City Techstravaganza is a free one-day grassroots technical conference for IT Pros that is brought to you by a few of the local community groups in cooperation with Microsoft.  The 2014 Techstravaganza on March 21st will be the fourth year putting this together.  We highly recommend that you subscribe to the RSS feed, WordPress subscription, or Twitter to ensure that you receive updates as they come through.

This is a completely free event that you will not want to miss.

Register Now

I will be running the IT Camp Track, along with fellow Technical Evangelist Jesus Aguilar!

Here is a brief of what to expect.

Step-By-Step to building a business for Technology Professionals and Students  Ever thought about trying your hand at writing an application in an attempt to start making some side cash?  Even if you have not touched any code since college more than a decade ago, this class is for you!!! This event is designed by IT professionals for IT Professionals and students.  Come to learn how you can get started building your very own development business on free tools and resources from Microsoft.  We will dive into how you (an IT Professional or Student) can get started in building your first Windows Store application. No prior development experience required.  Special Thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring this session!!!!

More Details and conditions at http://BuildYourBiz.org

Where: Held at the New NYC Microsoft Offices at 11 Times Square.

Read more “IT Pro Track @ Techstravaganza”

Windows Phone Developer Saturday


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Is something stopping you from finishing your Windows Phone app?

Welcome to WPdev Saturday!

Please join Nick Landry and other Windows Phone community experts for WPdev Saturday on February 22, 2014 in New Jersey for a fun day of mobile app building. WPdev Saturday is an event brought to you by Nokia DVLUP and sponsored by Microsoft.

Why?

The goal is to help you overcome any obstacles that might be preventing you from publishing an app. Whether you’re working on your first app or putting the polish on your 20th, all are welcome. If you do not have any apps in the works, then come and build a Microsoft App Studio app with our help.

When & Where?

Microsoft New Jersey Office – Iselin
101 Wood Ave South, 9th floor
Iselin, NJ 08830

Find more information on Nick’s site and how to register.