Microsoft Ventures Accelerator India has inducted twelve startups for the fifth batch of its accelerator program, termed as the Winter 2014 batch. The program will last for four months starting July and ending in November 2014. This time around, Microsoft Ventures has chosen a diverse mix of B2C and B2B companies from various technology fields. Microsoft Ventures director Ravi Narayan said in a press release that “we’ve been seeing a trend of diverse companies and ideas coming into our program, ideas that challenge us to work harder to be able to help our start-ups grow inorganically.” Microsoft Ventures will also focus more on its alumni program by providing Accelerator alumni participation opportunities in important events, customer acquisition programs etc. and help build stronger contacts within the industry. It is also worth noting that Microsoft will be going global this time with the inclusion of a few international start-ups namely, CryptoPhoto, AppKnox and DabKick from Australia, Singapore and the US respectively. Earlier this year, Rajesh Sawhney’s GSF Accelerator had also gone global after launching the Cross-Border Accelerator Program in February, with its first batch under the program announced last month. Ever since its commencement in August 2012, Microsoft Ventures India has graduated 51 startups in four batches. This year’s batch had received over 1300 applications of which 12 were shortlisted. Some of the start-ups in the current batch were referred to by TIE, NASSCOM, iSPIRIT and Startup Village. Startups in the fifth batch are: CryptoPhoto is a smartphone App or a…
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