Microsoft Imagine Fund: Create a Startup

Are you a business ingénue, or new to the world of business but want to get a foothold in the tech savvy industry? The Microsoft Imagine Fund could help you learn how to achieve your dreams of a creating a startup. Read on…

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The Microsoft Imagine Fund is a student startup fund and accelerator. We help US student entrepreneurs develop great ideas into successful startups and get them ready to the next level of funding.

Throughout the course of a 10 week startup training program, students will learn how to build a business around their technology with the support of seasoned entrepreneurs and Microsoft technical mentors. The program will be delivered as an immersive virtual student startup accelerator, which will provide an interactive learning platform to guide them through product development, customer acquisition, investor strategies and pitching.

In addition to the comprehensive training and mentorship, student teams will be granted seed funding, a social media marketing consultation and a pitch video production that will help to jump-start their startup.

By the end of the program, Microsoft Imagine Fund Startups will be perfectly positioned to find that next investor, build that next partnership or join a later stage accelerator.

Come join the fun and apply now!


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To be considered for the Microsoft Imagine Fund you and each of your co-founders must meet the following requirements at the time of your application:

·        You are a legal resident of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, and

·        You are at least 18 years of age at the time of application and are actively enrolled as a student at an accredited educational institution that grants college/university (or equivalent) degrees (including online schools) located in the 50 United States (including District of Columbia) during the program

·        You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or a Microsoft subsidiary, and

·        You are NOT involved in any part of the execution or administration of this program; and

·        You are NOT an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this program.

Application Cycles and Process

The Imagine Fund has two funding cycles each year, one in the winter (February 17, 2014 – April 25, 2014) and another in the summer (June 16, 2014 – August 22, 2014). The Imagine Fund is accepting applications for those funding cycles in the below application periods:

·        2014 Winter Cycle: November 5 – February 1

·        2014 Summer Cycle: March 1 – June 1

Winter Application, Interview and Program Dates:

·        Application Period:                                                November 5, 2013 – February 1, 2014

·        Interview Dates:                                                    February 10 – February 11, 2014

·        Imagine Fund Accelerator Program:              February 17 – April 25, 2014

·        Prototype Day                                                         March 24, 2014

·        Pitch Day                                                                   April 25, 2014


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