Microsoft Ventures

The Pitch 2016

Tjerk van Dalen

26 January 2016

Last October, we joined the Microsoft Ventures accelerator program in London. With three great months behind us and the end of the program getting close, it is time to look forward to the big finish line of the program: The Pitch.

“The Pitch” is one of Microsoft Ventures’ biggest events of the year that will end the accelerator program with a bang on the 27th of January. During this event, all 8 graduating startups will perform a 5 minute pitch to an audience of quite some magnitude: 150 top London VC’s and 150 executives of leading corporates.

Introducing our fellow Microsoft Ventures graduates that will also be pitching during this great event:

Pobble: A global literacy initiative with a mission to create a more literate world, by giving teachers a means to inspire young writers and providing children with a global audience for their work.

Antstream: Nostalgic video game streaming. Antstream monetises decades of classic video games.

Farmflo: Easy to use Farm Management dashboard for farmers to collect, manage and understand their information in real-time.

Converfit: An app that shows you the real-time auto-timeline of your website/e-commerce, allows you to know who is on the site and lets you talk to the visitors to convert them into clients.

Alfred Smart Home: Supplies their users with a single app that gives them complete control of all their smart home devices. Alfred is working with the leading manufacturers to simplify your home connectivity into one app.

PremFina: Dashboard and platform for Insurance brokers to manage and provide own-branded premium financial facilities.

IngressOne: Simplifies the experience for guests visiting your office, replacing guest sign in books, with an app. It is a SaaS platform to manage building entry and access control via mobile and tablet apps.

The event will be MC’ed by Oli Barrett, the co-founder of StartUp Britain . Some of the special guests taking the stage include Michel van der Bel (Managing Director Microsoft UK), Amanda Brooks, (Director Innovation at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Eileen Burbidge (Partner, Passion Capital and Chair of Tech City UK), Fred Destin (General Partner, Accel), Harry Briggs (Partner, BGF Ventures), Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen (Partner, Balderton Capital) and Craig Donaldson (CEO of Metro Bank).

The entire event will be recorded and livestreamed by TechCrunch, one of the world’s leading publishers of technology news. The event starts the 27th of January at 15:00 GMT, you can find the livestream here: If you would like to only see us pitch, tune in at 16:05 London time (17:05 Amsterdam time).

We’re looking forward to this great event and hope you tune in!

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