Innovate.AI: A Global Startup Competition 

Presented by Microsoft Ventures, Madrona Venture Group, Notion Capital, and Vertex Ventures Israel

  • A global competition for startups harnessing the power of A.I. & machine learning.
  • Helping high-potential startups gain access to capital and further the development of A.I. to solve problems and improve people’s lives.
  • The 3 winning startups receive a $1,000,000 USD investment, with a total prize pool valued at $5,500,000 USD.
Complete info can be found on the competition page.

Prizes:

1st Place - 3 winners total

A $1,000,000 investment USD split between Microsoft Ventures & our VC partners, along with $500,000 USD in Azure credits for 3 years, 100 Office 365 licenses for 1 year, and an Azure Standard support plan.

A.I. For Good - 1 winner

A $500,000 USD investment from Microsoft Ventures, $500,000 USD in Azure credits for 3 years, 100 Office 365 licenses for 1 year, and an Azure Standard support plan.

The A.I. For Good Prize will be given to the top finalist globally that is responsibly harnessing the promise of A.I. to positively impact people’s lives and the world. Examples include: increasing access to education, teaching new skills and creating jobs, enhancing the capabilities of existing workforces, and improving the treatment of diseases. (For additional context, please refer to our A.I. Fund Announcement in December 2016.)


Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for the competition, companies must meet the requirements in the official rules.

These include:

  • Headquartered in North America, Europe (E.U.) or Israel.
  • Have raised less than $4,000,000 USD (local equivalent using foreign exchange rates on dates of funding).
  • Your company must currently offer or intend to release a product, service, or platform which utilizes A.I. and/or machine learning techniques.

Application Instructions

  • Select the the application below corresponding to the region where your headquarters are located.
  • If your company is located in multiple regions, please submit only one application. Companies applying to multiple regions will be automatically disqualified. 
  • Please email any questions to InnovateAI@microsoft.com
Ends on December 31, 2017

Innovate.AI: a Global Startup Competition 

Presented by Microsoft Ventures & Madrona Venture Group


Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a company with headquarters located in Canada, Mexico, or the United States of America.
  • Your company must currently offer or intend to release a product, service, or platform which utilizes A.I. and/or machine learning techniques.
  • Your company has raised no more than $4,000,000 USD in equity funding and/or loans before your submission date.
Please read the eligibility requirements and terms for this competition in the Official Rules.

Prizes

Grand Prize:  Microsoft Ventures & Madrona Venture Group will each invest $500,000 USD into the winning startup, for a total prize of $1,000,000 USD.  In addition, Microsoft Ventures will give the winner $500,000 USD in Azure credits for 3 years, 100 Office 365 licenses for 1 year, and an Azure Standard support plan.

The A.I. For Good Prize: Microsoft Ventures will invest in 1 winner across all regions with a $500,000 USD investment.  In addition, Microsoft Ventures will provide $500,000 USD in Azure credits for 3 years, 100 Office 365 licenses for 1 year, and an Azure Standard support plan.

Please see the competition page for additional details on this prize.

Application Instructions

  • All applicants must complete every question in the form below.
  • All applicants must upload a presentation file (.PDF,.PPTX,.PPT) describing their product, team, market opportunity, and financial projections.
  • Only one application per company.

Timeline

  • All applications must be submitted by December 31 at 11:59:00 PM (PDT) 
  • 10 finalists will be chosen by February 23, 2018 and will be notified no later than March 15, 2018.
  • The 10 finalists will be invited to compete in a live pitch competition that will take place in Seattle, Washington in Spring 2018. Up to 2 hotel rooms will be provided by Microsoft, but all travel and living expenses must be covered by the finalists.

Ends on December 31, 2017

Innovate.AI: a Global Startup Competition 

Presented by Microsoft Ventures & Notion Capital

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a company with headquarters located within the European Union. 
  • Your company must currently offer or intend to release a product, service, or platform which utilizes A.I. and/or machine learning techniques.
  • Your company has raised no more than $4,000,000 USD in equity funding and/or loans before the date of submission (or local equivalent based on foreign exchange rates on dates of funding).
Please read the eligibility requirements and terms for this competition in the Official Rules.

Prizes

Grand Prize:  Microsoft Ventures & Notion Capital will each invest $500,000 USD into the winning startup, for a total prize of $1,000,000 USD.  In addition, Microsoft Ventures will give the winner $500,000 USD in Azure credits for 3 years, 100 Office 365 licenses for 1 year, and an Azure Standard support plan.

The A.I. For Good Prize: Microsoft Ventures will invest in 1 winner across all regions with a $500,000 USD investment.  In addition, Microsoft Ventures will provide $500,000 USD in Azure credits for 3 years, 100 Office 365 licenses for 1 year, and an Azure Standard support plan.

Please see the competition page for additional details on this prize.

Application Instructions

  • All applicants must complete every question in the form below.
  • All applicants must upload a presentation file (.PDF,.PPTX,.PPT) describing their product, team, market opportunity, and financial projections.
  • Only one application per company.

Timeline

  • All applications must be submitted by December 31 at 11:59:00 PM (PDT) 
  • 10 finalists will be chosen by February 23, 2018 and will be notified no later than March 15, 2018.
  • The 10 finalists will be invited to compete in a live pitch competition that will take place in London in Spring 2018. Up to 2 hotel rooms will be provided by Microsoft, but all travel and living expenses must be covered by the finalists.

Ends on December 31, 2017

Innovate.AI: a Global Startup Competition 

Presented by Microsoft Ventures & Vertex Ventures Israel


Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a company with main operations in Israel.
  • Your company must currently offer or intend to release a product, service, or platform which utilizes A.I. and/or machine learning techniques.
  • Your company has raised no more than $4,000,000 USD in equity funding and/or loans before the date of submission.
Please read the eligibility requirements and terms for this competition in the Official Rules.

Prizes

Grand Prize:  Microsoft Ventures & Vertex Ventures Israel will each invest $500,000 USD into the winning startup, for a total prize of $1,000,000 USD.  In addition, Microsoft Ventures will give the winner $500,000 USD in Azure credits for 3 years, 100 Office 365 licenses for 1 year, and an Azure Standard support plan.

The A.I. For Good Prize: Microsoft Ventures will invest in 1 winner across all regions with a $500,000 USD investment.  In addition, Microsoft Ventures will provide $500,000 USD in Azure credits for 3 years, 100 Office 365 licenses for 1 year, and an Azure Standard support plan.

Please see the competition page for additional details on this prize.

Application Instructions

  • All applicants must complete every question in the form below.
  • All applicants must upload a presentation file (.PDF,.PPTX,.PPT) describing their product, team, market opportunity, and financial projections.
  • Only one application per company. Companies submitting multiple applications will be disqualified.

Timeline

  • All applications must be submitted by December 31 at 11:59:00 PM (PDT). 
  • 10 finalists will be chosen by February 23, 2018 and will be notified no later than March 15, 2018.
  • The 10 finalists will be invited to compete in a live pitch competition that will take place in Tel Aviv in Spring 2018.  All travel and living expenses must be covered by the finalists.