Ten startups were chosen out of 600 applicants worldwide to participate in Microsoft’s Accelerator for Windows Azure, running October through December in Seattle.
The program — a joint effort between Microsoft and tech incubator TechStars — is for startups who have ideas for creating new business applications through Windows Azure.
(Microsoft and TechStars had previously teamed up for an Accelerator program involving the Kinect motion- and voice-sensing technology.)
Similar to that Accelerator for Kinect program, the 10 startups chosen will spend three months in the South Lake Union area being mentored by entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and Microsoft employees, as they develop their business concepts and designs. They’ll present their results to investors and Microsoft folks at an event in January.
Half of the 10 Accelerator for Windows Azure finalists come from the Puget Sound area. According to the blog of Scott Guthrie, a Microsoft VP in the developer division, those local startups are:
- Appetas – Seattle, WA. Appetas’ mission is to make restaurants look as beautiful online as they do on the plate!
- Fanzo – Seattle, WA. Fanzo puts sports fans in the spotlight. Find other fans, show off your fanswagger and get rewarded for your passion.
- MetricsHub – Bellevue, WA. A service providing cloud monitoring with incident detection and prebuilt workflows for remedying common problems.
- Mobilligy – Bellevue, WA. Mobilligy revolutionizes how people pay their bills by bringing convenient, secure, and instant bill payment support to mobile devices.
- Socedo – Bellevue, WA. A simple and effective web application for lead generation and relationship management on Twitter.
The other five finalists include startups from Berlin, Sydney, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.