Microsoft and TechStars kicked off their third round of the Accelerator incubation program today with a new class of 10 startups.
The Accelerator program is a partnership between Microsoft and tech incubator TechStars that provides seed money, mentoring, technical support and networking opportunities to startups that create new business applications using Microsoft technologies. The first round focused on Kinect. The second round, which took place in fall 2012, focused on Windows Azure.
This third round also focuses on Windows Azure. According to a Microsoft blog post, the 10 startups chosen include six from Washington state:
- 1Track, based in Bellevue, which provides an augmented showroom experience for brick-and-mortar retailers.
- Azuqua, of Bellevue, which helps businesses build integrated cloud-based apps.
- Boxella, of Redmond, which helps retailers sell add-on products.
- Builders Cloud, of Belleuve, which is a cloud file-sharing and plan-collaboration platform for the construction industry.
- GiftGiv, of Redmond, which connects to users’ social networks and aims to make gift-giving simpler.
- ScanMyList, of Everett, which provides inventory and ordering solutions — such as smartphone apps — for small businesses.
Microsoft declined to say how many startups applied for this round of the Accelerator program. The previous round drew 600 applicants from around the world.