Welcome!

IoT Expo Authors: Kevin Benedict, Esmeralda Swartz, Roger Strukhoff, Elizabeth White, Jayaram Krishnaswamy

News Feed Item

Microsoft Ventures Empowers Startups in China and Asia, Turns Brilliant Ideas into Great Companies

Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Beijing Demo Day Showcases Unique Products from Innovative Chinese Tech Startups

BEIJING, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the third class of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Beijing presented their projects at the program's concluding Demo Day. Microsoft also announced the 19 startups that will participate in the fourth Beijing Accelerator class in mid-January. Through this program, Microsoft has taken on a leading role in empowering local entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life and in contributing to China's innovation.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140115/CN46773 )

A number of senior executives from Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group attended the event, including Dr. Ya-Qin Zhang, Corporate Vice President and Chairman; Samuel Shen, Chief Operating Officer; and Prakash Sundaresan, Chief Technology Officer. Also in attendance were CEO in Residence of Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Beijing, Vanessa Gao, CTO in Residence of Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Beijing, Qiang Shen, participants of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator from all four classes, Accelerator mentors, Microsoft partners and representatives from leading venture capital firms.

Capacity for innovation is one of the leading factors in determining a country's competitiveness. The groundwork components of innovation, such as capital, information, technology and talent, are becoming increasingly integrated across national borders worldwide. The Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Beijing serves as a strategic partner for Chinese startups in its commitment to broaden their global reach and support them in their development into world-class enterprises.

"As an Accelerator mentor myself, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with some of the most enthusiastic, passionate and imaginative entrepreneurs and to support them in turning their great ideas into robust businesses," said Dr. Zhang. "In spite of being established in China for just over a year, we are excited that the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator has already received recognition from local governments, leading organizations, and the investor community. We are uniquely positioned to partner with visionary entrepreneurs to help emerging forces of innovation flourish in China and Asia-Pacific at large."

Since its inception in China in July 2012, the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Beijing has provided participating startups with free cloud services, a state-of-the-art workspace and direct market exposure. Through business model innovation, the application of leading technology, and mentorship in teambuilding, marketing and other business skills, the Accelerator has enhanced the entrepreneurial capabilities of all participants. Moreover, the Accelerator provides access to the capital market, marketing and HR compliance services to support their growth. Accelerator participants have each received an average of RMB1-1.5 million worth of resources.

In just over a year, 47 startups have received in-depth entrepreneurship support from the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Beijing. The companies cover diverse areas including finance, Internet, tourism, retail, petroleum, agriculture and education. Of the 47 startups selected after rounds of screening, 90% have received recognition and investment from capital firms and achieved rapid business growth. For example, 91Jinrong, an online financial intermediary website graduating from the third class, received RMB 60 million in Series A funding during its participation in the Accelerator program, with over RMB 300 million in daily loan transactions. Its finance product ZENG ZHI BAO ("Value-added Treasure") received RMB 300 million in subscriptions in the first week after its launch. Another example is Guardtime, the inventor of the patented keyless signature technology that can verify and certify the time, origin and data integrity of electronic data signatures, who achieved a staggering 1,750% growth in revenue in the past six months. Stone Mountain, the online video technology provider, also gained nearly 100 paid business clients during their six months of training in the Accelerator.

"Looking ahead, the combination of mobile, social, cloud and big data will bring huge changes to traditional industries and will profoundly change people's lives," said Sundaresan. "We are putting our best people and resources into helping these startups develop more quickly."

In recruiting Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Beijing's fourth class of participants, the program received applications from 420 startups. After multiple rounds of screening, 19 outstanding companies were selected (see appendix for comprehensive list companies). The focus of the fourth startup class will include: stock market simulation application and online finance platforms; consumer electronics, smart home and healthcare products; application and model innovation of the Internet of Things; user-generated video content for mobile and owned media broadcasting; cloud services for entertainment and copyrighted content; and big data visualization solutions for various industries. The fourth Accelerator class includes two teams from outside mainland China - TradeHero, a Singapore startup that specializes in innovative stock market simulations, and Taiwan-based Huodongxing, which has developed a unique online registration and ticket sales platform. The new class will participate in the program for six months from January to July, 2014.

"Microsoft is keenly aware of the power and importance of innovation. The startups participating in the Accelerator embody the spirit of innovation and we will spare no effort to connect these companies to the resources they need in each stage of their development," said Vanessa Gao, CEO in Residence of Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Beijing. "The fourth startup class features businesses from diverse geographic locations such as Taiwan and Singapore, which speaks volume to the appeal and influence of the Accelerator. In the future, we will continue to expand the scope of recruitment to further energize the venture ecosystem in China and Asia."

Since the launch of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerators globally two years ago, the program has set up accelerators in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, London, Paris and Tel-Aviv. Together these accelerators have empowered a total of 154 startups, reflecting a global movement of innovation.

Appendix

Startups Selected for Microsoft Ventures Accelerator's Fourth Class (listed below in no particular order)

1. My Manisku Pte. Ltd.
Founded by a team from Singapore, the company has developed and operates TradeHero, a free mobile stock market simulation app that uses real-world stock market information to create an unrivalled global social investment network. TradeHero is ranked the top finance app in 79 countries.

2. Sumscope L.P.
A company that provides a platform for real-time information and data services for the RMB fixed income and derivatives markets.

3.  Tomoon Technology Co., Ltd.
A provider of "geek" consumer electronics and optimized solutions and services. The company recently released the T-Fire smart watch.

4. Yuanchuang Yitong (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd.
A company focusing on the creation and sharing of content and related profit generation, while respecting the rights of both creators and sharers. It is committed to building up a win-win copyrighted content cloud service platform that consists of two sub-platforms - zuopintong.com for content sharing and yibi.com for payment.

5. Beijing Dnurse Technology Ltd.
A company that enables diabetic patients to manage their health conditions through a smartphone-connected glucometer and a cloud-based database.

6. Beijing Waqu Smart Technology Co., Ltd.
A mobile client service provider that helps users discover and watch user-generated videos of interest.

7. Tianjin Sea Cloud Technology Co., Ltd.
A company that uses computer graphics and image processing techniques to provide integrated visual data interaction solutions for customers in various industries.

8. Mybank Information Technology Co., Ltd.
Mybank is an online finance product platform connected to many Internet business websites and supported by all kinds of smartphone apps, providing Internet users with finance product information and transaction services. It also provides a direct-sale cloud platform for banks that integrates banks' finance services with users' everyday lives.

9. Hangzhou SegmentFault Technology Co., Ltd.
SegmentFault is an online Chinese developer community that provides a technological communication platform for developers.

10. PICOOC Technologies LLC
PICOOC is an innovative mobile Internet company specializing in high-end wearable devices and smart home devices. Its core businesses include smart devices, personal/family health solutions and health-focused apps based on smart operating systems.

11. Blueberry Information Technology Co., Ltd.
A mobile-based social broadcast service enabling users to share their lives with friends through a combination of voice, images and texts. Users can also subscribe to other mobile casts or open their mobile casts for subscription.

12. One Cloud Cultural Consulting Co., Ltd.
Tizi.com, operated by One Cloud, has the largest and most comprehensive test question database and courseware resources. In addition to providing teachers with powerful teaching and research tools, it also provides students with customized learning progress diagnosis and leaning plans through such features as online tests, assignments and Q&As, and keeps parents informed about their children's education.

13. Youjuhui (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd.
Bihang.com, operated by Youjuhui, is the most professional bitcoin wallet and application platform in China.

14. Hangzhou Luzhao Network Technology Co., Ltd.
The company operates a "super taxi" operation and service platform integrating three spaces (real world, telephone and Internet).

15. Run Mobile (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd.
A mobile Internet company providing first- through third-tier stars and ordinary actors with a full range of SOLOMO mobile Internet and virtual product solutions and value-added services.

16. Beijing Wanbang Huatang Technology Co., Ltd.
A company providing individual and group users in China's primary and middle schools with products and services based on high-level digital content and academic performance diagnosis and assessment services based on its unique educational assessment technology and big data technology.

17. Beijing Aike Creative Information Technology Co., Ltd.
Huodongxing.com, operated by Aike, is the most well-known and influential event ticket platform in the Greater China region. Focusing on the rapidly growing MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions) industry in Asia, especially the Greater China region, the company provides comprehensive event ticket services including payment, electronic ticketing and user management.

18. Chenfengyun (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd.
The company is the developer of Quick Bird, which uses the latest cloud acceleration and compression technology to achieve quicker mobile Internet access at lower data usage.

19. Canshang Taihe Advertising (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

The company integrates app markets, aggregation platforms, top app media, third-party monitoring organizations and advertising platforms to provide all-new mobile Internet solutions including Windows phone mobile advertising media services.

About Microsoft Ventures

Microsoft Ventures is a global initiative to help entrepreneurs turn brilliant ideas into great companies. We work with startups at every stage of maturity to provide the tools, resources, and expertise they need to succeed. The initiative is broad-based, and includes a community program, accelerators, and a seed fund. Our approach helps startups scale their business, bring innovative services to market and reach new customers.

Visit Microsoft Ventures at www.microsoftventures.com to learn more about how Microsoft is helping the next generation of smart companies take flight.

About Microsoft Ventures Accelerators

Microsoft Ventures Accelerators enable top entrepreneurs to launch their company through an immersive 3-6 month program. Startups accepted into the programs gain access to business mentors, technical and design experts, office space and resources to help entrepreneurs quickly scale their business. The accelerators are located in several cities around the world, including Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, London, Paris and Tel-Aviv.

SOURCE Microsoft Ventures Accelerator

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Cloud Expo Breaking News
The social media expansion has shown just how people are eager to share their experiences with the rest of the world. Cloud technology is the perfect platform to satisfy this need given its great flexibility and readiness. At Cynny, we aim to revolutionize how people share and organize their digital life through a brand new cloud service, starting from infrastructure to the users’ interface. A revolution that began from inventing and designing our very own infrastructure: we have created the first server network powered solely by ARM CPU. The microservers have “organism-like” features, differentiating them from any of the current technologies. Benefits include low consumption of energy, making Cynny the ecologically friendly alternative for storage as well as cheaper infrastructure, lower running costs, etc.
The revolution that happened in the server universe over the past 15 years has resulted in an eco-system that is more open, more democratically innovative and produced better results in technically challenging dimensions like scale. The underpinnings of the revolution were common hardware, standards based APIs (ex. POSIX) and a strict adherence to layering and isolation between applications, daemons and kernel drivers/modules which allowed multiple types of development happen in parallel without hindering others. Put simply, today's server model is built on a consistent x86 platform with few surprises in its core components. A kernel abstracts away the platform, so that applications and daemons are decoupled from the hardware. In contrast, networking equipment is still stuck in the mainframe era. Today, networking equipment is a single appliance, including hardware, OS, applications and user interface come as a monolithic entity from a single vendor. Switching between different vendor'...
More and more enterprises today are doing business by opening up their data and applications through APIs. Though forward-thinking and strategic, exposing APIs also increases the surface area for potential attack by hackers. To benefit from APIs while staying secure, enterprises and security architects need to continue to develop a deep understanding about API security and how it differs from traditional web application security or mobile application security. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Sachin Agarwal, VP of Product Marketing and Strategy at SOA Software, will walk you through the various aspects of how an API could be potentially exploited. He will discuss the necessary best practices to secure your data and enterprise applications while continue continuing to support your business’s digital initiatives.
Web conferencing in a public cloud has the same risks as any other cloud service. If you have ever had concerns over the types of data being shared in your employees’ web conferences, such as IP, financials or customer data, then it’s time to look at web conferencing in a private cloud. In her session at 14th Cloud Expo, Courtney Behrens, Senior Marketing Manager at Brother International, will discuss how issues that had previously been out of your control, like performance, advanced administration and compliance, can now be put back behind your firewall.
Next-Gen Cloud. Whatever you call it, there’s a higher calling for cloud computing that requires providers to change their spots and move from a commodity mindset to a premium one. Businesses can no longer maintain the status quo that today’s service providers offer. Yes, the continuity, speed, mobility, data access and connectivity are staples of the cloud and always will be. But cloud providers that plan to not only exist tomorrow – but to lead – know that security must be the top priority for the cloud and are delivering it now. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Kurt Hagerman, Chief Information Security Officer at FireHost, will detail why and how you can have both infrastructure performance and enterprise-grade security – and what tomorrow's cloud provider will look like.
Cloud backup and recovery services are critical to safeguarding an organization’s data and ensuring business continuity when technical failures and outages occur. With so many choices, how do you find the right provider for your specific needs? In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Daniel Jacobson, Technology Manager at BUMI, will outline the key factors including backup configurations, proactive monitoring, data restoration, disaster recovery drills, security, compliance and data center resources. Aside from the technical considerations, the secret sauce in identifying the best vendor is the level of focus, expertise and specialization of their engineering team and support group, and how they monitor your day-to-day backups, provide recommendations, and guide you through restores when necessary.
Cloud scalability and performance should be at the heart of every successful Internet venture. The infrastructure needs to be resilient, flexible, and fast – it’s best not to get caught thinking about architecture until the middle of an emergency, when it's too late. In his interactive, no-holds-barred session at 14th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer, will dive into how to design and build-out the right cloud infrastructure.
You use an agile process; your goal is to make your organization more agile. What about your data infrastructure? The truth is, today’s databases are anything but agile – they are effectively static repositories that are cumbersome to work with, difficult to change, and cannot keep pace with application demands. Performance suffers as a result, and it takes far longer than it should to deliver on new features and capabilities needed to make your organization competitive. As your application and business needs change, data repositories and structures get outmoded rapidly, resulting in increased work for application developers and slow performance for end users. Further, as data sizes grow into the Big Data realm, this problem is exacerbated and becomes even more difficult to address. A seemingly simple schema change can take hours (or more) to perform, and as requirements evolve the disconnect between existing data structures and actual needs diverge.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SherWeb, a long-time leading provider of cloud services and Microsoft's 2013 World Hosting Partner of the Year, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 14th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 10–12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. A worldwide hosted services leader ranking in the prestigious North American Deloitte Technology Fast 500TM, and Microsoft's 2013 World Hosting Partner of the Year, SherWeb provides competitive cloud solutions to businesses and partners around the world. Founded in 1998, SherWeb is a privately owned company headquartered in Quebec, Canada. Its service portfolio includes Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Dynamics CRM and more.
The world of cloud and application development is not just for the hardened developer these days. In their session at 14th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer, and Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, will pull back the curtain of the architecture of a fun demo application purpose-built for the cloud. They will focus on demonstrating how they leveraged compute, storage, messaging, and other cloud elements hosted at SoftLayer to lower the effort and difficulty of putting together a useful application. This will be an active demonstration and review of simple command-line tools and resources, so don’t be afraid if you are not a seasoned developer.
SYS-CON Events announced today that BUMI, a premium managed service provider specializing in data backup and recovery, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 14th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 10–12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. Manhattan-based BUMI (Backup My Info!) is a premium managed service provider specializing in data backup and recovery. Founded in 2002, the company’s Here, There and Everywhere data backup and recovery solutions are utilized by more than 500 businesses. BUMI clients include professional service organizations such as banking, financial, insurance, accounting, hedge funds and law firms. The company is known for its relentless passion for customer service and support, and has won numerous awards, including Customer Service Provider of the Year and 10 Best Companies to Work For.
Chief Security Officers (CSO), CIOs and IT Directors are all concerned with providing a secure environment from which their business can innovate and customers can safely consume without the fear of Distributed Denial of Service attacks. To be successful in today's hyper-connected world, the enterprise needs to leverage the capabilities of the web and be ready to innovate without fear of DDoS attacks, concerns about application security and other threats. Organizations face great risk from increasingly frequent and sophisticated attempts to render web properties unavailable, and steal intellectual property or personally identifiable information. Layered security best practices extend security beyond the data center, delivering DDoS protection and maintaining site performance in the face of fast-changing threats.
From data center to cloud to the network. In his session at 3rd SDDC Expo, Raul Martynek, CEO of Net Access, will identify the challenges facing both data center providers and enterprise IT as they relate to cross-platform automation. He will then provide insight into designing, building, securing and managing the technology as an integrated service offering. Topics covered include: High-density data center design Network (and SDN) integration and automation Cloud (and hosting) infrastructure considerations Monitoring and security Management approaches Self-service and automation
In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, David Holmes, Vice President at OutSystems, will demonstrate the immense power that lives at the intersection of mobile apps and cloud application platforms. Attendees will participate in a live demonstration – an enterprise mobile app will be built and changed before their eyes – on their own devices. David Holmes brings over 20 years of high-tech marketing leadership to OutSystems. Prior to joining OutSystems, he was VP of Global Marketing for Damballa, a leading provider of network security solutions. Previously, he was SVP of Global Marketing for Jacada where his branding and positioning expertise helped drive the company from start-up days to a $55 million initial public offering on Nasdaq.
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In his General Session at 14th Cloud Expo, Marc Jones, Vice President of Product Innovation for SoftLayer, will explain how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence.