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Microsoft Ventures has announced the names of 12 startups that have been selected for its 8th Accelerator batch of its Hi-Po & Scale Up Program. The cohort was selected from over 2100 applications.

For little over a year now, the Microsoft Ventures team tried to reimagine the accelerator program as ‘late stage startup ready’. Thereby, not limiting to just raising funds, but to also help them scale, develop go-to market strategies and help them gain Traction.

Collectively, these startups have raised close to $18 Mn in funding, by the likes of Qualcomm, Sequoia, Mumbai Angels and growX Ventures.

Meet The 12 Startups That Have Made It To The Final List:

admission TableAdmission Table: Admission Table helps students find the right information to study overseas: university shortlisting, admission counselling, scholarships & financing, and tutoring for SAT/GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS.

Altizon:Altizon Altizon helps businesses to build an IoT product in weeks by providing device connectivity kits, a device management layer, a real-time, big-data analytics engine and alerting & monitoring services. Its flagship platform ‘Datonis’ integrates with the company’s existing IT systems to provide a seamless transition between IoT devices and IT management tools.

Aureus AnalyticsAureus Analytics: Aureus Analytics is a provider of advanced Big Data Analytics platform and products for the Insurance and Banking industry. Its products are based on four disciplines – Data Sciences, Advanced Analytics, Big Data and the Domain capabilities. Together it allows them to develop business problem specific solutions for Insurance and Banking.

BabyChakrababy chakra: Mumbai-based Babychakra helps young parents discover and select services for their kids. By connecting moms and by sharing to their recommendations, BabyChakra helps to make meaningful decisions about services and products for mother and baby.

bizomBizom: Bizom is a mobile first retail commerce solution that aims to bring India’s offline distribution to online. It is a powerful mobile cloud solution, which provides real time communication and powerful analytics for Sales, Distribution, Strategy, HR and Branding.

Calm ioCalm.io: Calm.io is a complete DevOps Automation Platform for modern environments comprised of containers, clouds and micro services. Teams can effortlessly deploy, manage and operate distributed applications containing containers, virtual machines and binaries from a single console. Calm enables push-button lifecycle automation managed by enterprise policies for governance and compliance. It offers native support for cloud platforms such as AWS, OpenStack, Xen, VMware, Nutanix, as well as complete support for the Docker ecosystem.

LocusLocus: Locus is a machine learning startup focused on simplifying logistics. With pluggable algorithms for everything related to logistics, Locus helps traditional logistics businesses with service like hyper-local delivery, intra and inter city logistics and helps them gain a technological edge over the others.

Report BeeReport Bee: Report Bee is deep focussed education data analytics company that mixes Humanities, Statistics and Computer Science. It is a cloud based software product that will digitalise school report cards and give school’s academic analytics at fingertips.

ReverieReverie: Reverie helps businesses to connect with their audience in their own language. Its cloud-based language-as-a-service-platform helps translate, transliterate, input and search on web in many Indian languages. These regional languages are fed into many manufactured devices like mobile, tablets, set top boxes, games and application developers among others.

StridesStrides: Strides is focussed on innovative tissue banking software solutions. It aims to contribute through innovative software products that would help the tissue banking industry in their cause and help them be error free, efficient, effective and address the need of the patients on time. The team collaborates across different sections of tissue banking along with technology domains and create innovative products that meet their customer needs and comply with tissue banking industry norms. In addition to strong stable solutions, we also deliver expert training, software support and a world-class service.

TarneaTarnea: Tarnea is technology company working at the confluence of Design & Technology. It espouses a strong Engineering culture and the approach is centred on Design Thinking. The company has developed innovative products and solution in the space of mobile computing, using cloud based backend technologies.

Yellow MessengerYellow Messenger: The AI powered Yellow Messenger talks with the user through their shopping list. With over 100 Mn local stores and brands listed on Yellow, users can enquire and order their shopping needs from their favourite online and local stores over a chat.

The panel this time included leading VC firms, and the likes Raghunandan (co-founder, Taxiforsure), Munish Mittal (CIO, HDFC), Meetul Patel (General Manager, SMSP, Microsoft India) and Peter Garternberg (General Manager, EPG, Microsoft India).


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