Microsoft Ventures Accelerator London 3
Microsoft Ventures Accelerator London 3
Takes 0% equity

London Accelerator for high-potential tech & gaming UK start-ups

Next Cohort: 2 March – 5 June 2015 Applications open: 4th November 2014 – 7th January 2015

Your success is our business. But don’t take our word for it – check out this recent news from our cohorts: Caribu was mentioned in the recent Apple keynote; Dataloop raised £500k; Gateway landed an Xbox dashboard documentary about their new game; Sam Labs hit and passed its Kickstarter target in less than 3 days. And that’s just the past few months...

If you’re an early-stage tech startups revolutionising the Internet of Things, FinTech, games, machine learning, cybersecurity, enterprise solutions or creating disruptive consumer apps, we can help turn your startup into a profitable business. Our 14-week programme is a ‘mini-entrepreneurial MBA’ that will take you and your startup to the next level.

Success to date: Globally, 80% of our 240 graduates across 7 accelerators have raised an average of $1.9m in funding within 1 year graduation.

Successful applicants will be eligible to receive up to £75k in equity funding prior to entering the Accelerator via a new fund the JVM Tech Fund, created by Jenson Solutions & Ventures in Motion to support our cohorts. Joining the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator – London means:

  • Zero equity
  • Free office space
  • Unprecedented access to Microsoft customers and ecosystem
  • 1:1 mentorship
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • MBA student advisors and UCL developer access
  • Publishing access to XboxOne via ID@Xbox
  • Making you 100% pitch-ready for any VC/angel investor by The Pitch day
  • Global Alumni Network
  • Continuation plans after the programme finishes

Selection Criteria? Companies should:

  • Have a great team and a brilliant vision
  • Have coachable founders
  • Be fundable
  • Be full timers – you’ve quit your day-job to do what you love
  • Have a designated tech team

Read about the evaluation process here:

What else do you need to know?

  • To be considered for the Accelerator, you will be asked to join BizSpark (, and, once accepted into the programme, will be eligible for BizSpark Plus, giving you $60,000 of Microsoft Azure and Office 365 free for one year.
  • Our cloud is open source, friendly and usable no matter what stack you’re building on. Startups accepted into the programme will be invited to test our cloud services.
  • You will receive workshops from and access to experts on Lean Startup Methodology, Finance, IP Law, PR and much, much more.

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Hashim Ruan, Nanostar Limited "Every entrepreneur out there should try it. Even if you aren't one and you have a great idea. Go for it!"
Kevin Haughan, Sam Labs "Great programme. Would recommend to any start up with big ideas and big visions looking for a leg up to find their entry point to market and gain visibility among relevant groups. We entered as total unknowns, and left with over 800 Kickstarter backers and extensive press coverage."
Peter Manousakos, One Audio Ltd "Much how AudioTribe helps artists find a route to market through our music label partners, Microsoft Ventures makes sure great ideas find market relevance by providing expertise, technology and a collaborative environment."