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Berlin Accelerator Celebrates Graduating its Second Batch of Startups

December 4th marked the graduation of our second Accelerator batch and, in many ways, the end of a great year in startups. Just about a year ago, we established the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Berlin and within that year, we've had a number of successes.

We have received 800 applications from all over the world, taken 16 wonderful startups through our program, and are extremely proud to report that 100% of our first-batch startups are now funded with an average funding amount of $1 million.

As we celebrated our second-ever Demo Day, we recognized the great achievements of our 7 new graduates and the 9 that came before them, the tireless work of our 30 excellent mentors, and the ongoing support of our local and international partners. Our Area VP, Christian Illek, delivered a bold keynote about innovation and entrepreneurship in Germany while Zack Weisfeld spoke passionately about “doing more” and the great work of Microsoft Ventures on a global level.

But this event, more than anything else, was about great pitches. Our 7 graduating startups once again delivered beyond our wildest expectations. Of course, we can only speculate whether their pitches resonated with the 80+ investors in the audience or the rest of our 250 guests—but we do know that many terrific conversations were had that night.

While our batch #2 startups slowly assume their new role as alumni, we will continue to support them as best we can. But we are also excited to work with a new batch of innovators and look forward to another great year in startups.

To all of you who continue to support our cause, a heartfelt “thank you.” And from everyone at the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Berlin:

Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!
Marius, Kai and Juli

Learn more about our batch #2 startups:

Brightup makes lights at home truly smart. We offer light automation to end customers for more convenience and improved lifestyle.
Contact: www.brightup.de | @brightupmyhome | hello@brightup.de
Firstbird is a web-based employee referral tool for recruiting employees.
Contact: www.firstbird.eu | @referralsrock | hello@firstbird.eu
Flowtap combines Machine Learning and Mobile to help sales teams get more value from enterprise data and proactively shorten sales cycles.
Contact: www.getflowtap.com | @getFlowtap | info@getflowtap.com
Kelsen is the first algorithm that computes valuable answers to your legal questions in real time by combining big data and machine learning technologies.
Contact: www.ask-kelsen.com | service@ask-kelsen.com
Payever links banks and businesses to give customers the opportunity to pay how they like in all european online shops.
Contact: www.payever.de | @getpayever | info@payever.de
Videopath is interactive video made easy.
Contact: www.videopath.de | @Videopath | info@videopath.com
Wunderflats creates an international marketplace for furnished living in cooperation with universities across the globe.
Contact: www.wunderflats.com | @wunderflats | hello@wunderflats.com