Meet the Startups Selected for the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator with American Family Insurance

Microsoft Ventures Blog

August 13, 2014
By Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President and Chief Evangelist, Microsoft Developer Experience and Evangelism

At Microsoft, we love working with startups and entrepreneurs that are focusing on solving big problems.

In June, at our first Microsoft Ventures Global Startup Day in San Francisco, we announced a partnership with American Family Insurance to provide a thematic accelerator focused upon home automation. Today, we are happy to share the names of the 10 startups that have been selected for the accelerator and that we will be hosting on our campus this fall.

The Internet of Things, and home automation in particular, is rapidly emerging. With consumer demand growing for solutions that are intuitive, connected and affordable, there are tremendous opportunities for new players in the space. The goal of this Accelerator is simple: to help a new generation of companies create smarter and safer homes.

Over the past two months, we met with companies across the country and dug through more than 400 applications – all to find the most promising startups, tackling the most challenging problems in home automation. You can find the full list of participants below. It is an amazing and diverse group.

Through Microsoft’s partnership with American Family Insurance, the startups selected for this accelerator will receive the mentorship, tools and connections they need to accelerate business growth. The relationship with American Family Insurance is critical, given their unique understanding of what makes a home safer and how smart technology advancements can proactively protect their policyholders.

We share the belief that over time the home automation trend will fundamentally change how we interact with and manage our homes – making them more efficient, communicative and ultimately safer.

The next few months will bring some exciting developments and we’ll check-in with the startups periodically, as they prepare for our Demo Day in December. In the meantime, I’d like to congratulate and welcome all of the startups to Microsoft’s campus!

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