Takes 0% equity
Offers 39 Mentors

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 a few of the many success stories.

If you’re a later stage n 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 338 graduates across 7 accelerators have raised an average of $2.5m in funding within 1 year graduation.

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
  • 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:

  • A great team, a brilliant vision and their own designated tech crew
  • A working product/service using cloud-based technologies, with some level of customer traction (not just a concept/MVP) – fundamentally disrupting an industry and/or riding on a technological innovation
  • Coachable founders – full timers doing what they love
  • Funding to sustain the program duration
  • CEO and CTO willing to be based full-time in London Accelerator for the 14-week Ventures Accelerator programme
  • Potential to raise Series A venture funding (£1.5m+) within 12 months of finishing the programme

Read about the evaluation process here: http://aka.ms/evalstages

  • 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.


Alan Greenberg Formally Director Apple Education. Lead on Podcasting, iTunes U & iOS APP’s. Director & Advisor to EdTech start-ups. Mentor at MSV, WAYRA.
Aristos Peters Entrepreneur, Investment Fundraiser, Corporate Finance Advisor, Accelerator mentor
Ghilaine Chan Consigliere | Creating Order | Converting Vision to Reality | Connecting people
Ibrahim Gogus Digital Entrepreneur | StartUp Advisor | Enterprise Software (ex-Oracle) Executive
Jason Wells Strategy, Project Management, Executive and Organisational Development, Operational Risk, Audit, Tech/Info Risk & Security and Intelligence
Kerry Ritz CMO Euromoney Institutional Investor plc; Adviser, Microsoft Ventures UK, Mentor, Techstars,Seedcamp; Investor/Advisor early-stage
Matt Kuppers We provide venture development services for startups with a focus on product development, financial services and marketing.
Oli Morgan CMO @Skinflow; @MartePRAgency Founder & @Payfriendz Advisory Board Member. Stanford University Entrepeneurship E145 Mentor.
Rob Wirszycz Non-exec chairman, advisor & mentor. Start-up, scale-up, turnaround, PE and quoted. Raised £150m; exits £100m.

36 Startups


Hashim Ruan, Sanna Inc
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.
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.
Madeleine Weightman, The Work Crowd
The Work Crowd have just submitted their application for Microsoft Ventures Accelerator London program! Looking at what Microsoft Ventures offers their cohorts in terms of support, infrastructure and on going guidance without taking an equity stake is truly phenomenal and real testament to Microsoft giving back and supporting the start-up community here in London. London's start up community is re-defining the way we both work but also the future with innovation. This wouldn't be possible without the on going support and investment from companies like Microsoft Ventures!