Back in June, Microsoft announced a new startup accelerator focused on home automation. Microsoft announced the partnership with American Family Insurance’s American Family Ventures, the direct venture capital arm of American Family Insurance, makes early stage investments in emerging technology companies. Microsoft will provide mentorship, workspace and an immersive experience to create world class companies to the selected startups. Since the announcement, Microsoft Ventures team met with companies across the country and dug through more than 400 applications to select the names of the 10 startups for the accelerator and that they will be hosting on their campus this fall. These startups will have Demo Day in December. You can find the list of selected startups below.   Chai Energy delivers real-time energy understanding – from the whole house to individual appliances. Contact: www.ChaiEnergy.com | @ChaiEnergy | info@chaienergy.com Heatworks Heatworks is the world’s first fully electronic, connected, water heater that conserves water and energy in any application. ...

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  Microsoft India has launched a new hotline number for Indian startups and entrepreneurs to clarify their business and technical questions. Press Release: Microsoft Ventures in India announced the launch of “JumpStart,” a hotline to provide startups and entrepreneurs with a resource to ask business and technical questions. Open during business hours Monday-Friday (9am to 5pm IST), a team of dedicated professionals will be available to answer questions at 1 (800) 200-2114, a toll free number across India. “Microsoft Ventures supports startups at every stage of maturity by providing them with the tools, resources and expertise they need to succeed,” said Joseph Landes, General Manager, Developer & Platform Evangelism, Microsoft India. “Our experience has shown that a major pain point for startups across the ecosystem in India, irrespective of their stage of maturity, is the lack of real-time support for various critical queries they face. JumpStart fills a major gap ...

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Microsoft Ventures today announced their first investment on enterprise mobility startup SkyGiraffe. SkyGiraffe provides a SaaS platform that helps businesses deploy enterprise-grade mobile applications on any device immediately and without the need for writing code. Read the full press release below. Press Release: SkyGiraffe, an innovative new venture that provides a platform to securely extend on-premise enterprise systems directly to mobile devices, today announced that it has received a strategic investment from Microsoft Ventures. This marks the first fund announcement from Microsoft Ventures, and will enable SkyGiraffe to further its mission of empowering organizations to efficiently provide enterprise-grade mobile apps to their workforce. “We provide the tools that make it exceptionally easy for businesses to perform at their best, anywhere and at any time,” said Boaz Hecht, Co-Founder & CEO of SkyGiraffe. “We are thrilled to work closely with the team at Microsoft Ventures to bring our services to customers around the ...

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