Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tel Aviv attracting global talent
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The relatively new accelerator is beginning its 4th class with 13 of 400 startups making the cut

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13 out of 400+ startups have been chosen for the privilege of immersing themselves in the sage wisdom of Microsoft’s startup mentoring team, a process that will unfold over the next four months. Unique to this Israeli accelerator, and this batch of startups in particular, is the fact that the Microsoft Venture Accelerator -Tel Aviv opened it’s doors this time around to international registration and the applications came flooding in. Not since Silicon Valley and New York has a city become so matter-of-factly understood to be a global hub for startup aspirations the world over.

Aside for Israeli applications, startups from 16 additional countries were considered including the United States, India, Spain, Poland, France and several others, with two being accepted; 10tracks from Russia and mPharma from Ghana. What that means for these companies and their Israeli co-participants from a financial perspective is they will eventually be joining a  group of alumni whose average post-program funding stats consistently hover around the $1M mark per company. Suddenly it’s not so surprising foreign startups are jumping at the chance to fly accross the world to participate in a foreign accelerator program.

“Our accelerator in Tel Aviv received applications from startups based in several countries with thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems,” said Hanan Lavy, Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Director in Israel. “Corporations worldwide show interest in the entrepreneurs in our program from day one and open their doors to our startup community. We believe all these factors provide a growing value for young entrepreneurs.”

The 13

This years MVA-TA lineup of participating startups:

  1. AidBits – A cloud-based platform aimed at helping the non-profit sector manage data more effectively by providing customizable and easy-to-use tools for monitoring and evaluation, beneficiary tracking, data collection and reporting.

  2. AgileBOM – SaaS dedicated for SMBs to controlling and managing BOM (Bill of Materials) data throughout a product’s design, production, purchasing, and retailing.

  3. Drupe – Revolutionizes mobile interactions by introducing the “People First” approach, putting people in the center of the mobile experience.

  4. Fanzon – One-stop-shop social destination for sport fans to optimize their game day logistics, socializing, fun and purchases.

  5. Intendu – Platform for neurocognitive rehabilitation which is based on adaptive natural-interaction video games.

  6. Knowmail – Revolutionizes how individuals and companies use email.

  7. Mmuze – advertising platform for products in social media, powered by the crowd, that automatically matches products and audiences for effective advertising​

  8. mPharma – Re-imaging how pharmaceuticals are prescribed, delivered and monitored.

  9. Tapreason – Platform that optimizes business processes for mobile apps.

  10. Trainica – The very first SaaS platform for communication skills practice which enables organizations to maximize their employees’ sales, service and management performance.

  11. WebyClip – Increases online retailers’ conversion rates by automating the process of embedding user generated videos.

  12. 10tracks – Loud music storage and streaming service targeting owners of large music collections to enjoy their music anytime, anywhere, across any device.

  13. Selfpoint – a platform that enables brick & mortar stores, as well as supermarkets to automatically launch a personalized e-commerce and m-commerce site within minutes, without writing a line of code by connecting directly to the existing point of sales system.

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Avi Schneider

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Global editor and writer for Geektime, author of the book 'How To Fight For Your Goals: Social Combat Theory' and the SocialCombatMedia.wordpress blog, founder of Cluboom and former senior writer for Blonde 2.0. Schneider is an orthodox Jew, husband, father, martial artist, writer, speaker - overall Jack of all trades and a master of jack (but working on it).

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