Mukund Mohan, CEO in Residence, Microsoft Accelerator

The Microsoft Accelerator will take in 50 new startups in 2013 through various batches and is inviting applications for its second batch from today. Mukund Mohan, CEO in Residence at the Microsoft Accelerator says that the second batch of the four stage, four month accelerator program will begin in March 2013.

The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure was announced in India last July and had taken in 11 startups for its first batch. The Bangalore based accelerator is the second the software giant has opened under its banner since the launch of its accelerator in Israel last March.

The company which also runs an accelerator in China, is planning one on similar lines in Europe as well.

During the program, Microsoft offers startups with office space, design, PR resources, mentors and other facilities. They also track the evolution of early stage startups closely using in house tools.

Of the 11 startups that are at the Microsoft program, only 2 are unfunded, said Mukund Mohan. Startups including PlusTxt, Hirerabbit, Healthify.me, HireRabbit and Whitesharkk were part of the first batch of startups.

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