Cloud Accelerator

About Women In Cloud: Microsoft Cloud Accelerator

Women In Cloud Microsoft Cloud Accelerator is designed an immersive 6 month program to assist women led tech companies to co-build, co-market and co-sell with Microsoft and their distribution channels. This program is designed to help you win enterprise opportunities, get access to Azure credits, an advisor community, and global stage to showcase your business.

Our Experience

Deep experiences in Cloud Transformation, Entrepreneurship for Women and
Technology Ventures

Successfully created over $100M in net new opportunities for women tech entrepreneurs to date

Vast network of experts from leading tech companies, community associations, and government bodies

Empowered over 30+ tech entrepreneurs to build enterprise ready solutions

The 6-month Microsoft Cloud Accelerator Lab Includes:

  • Immersive co-selling education with Microsoft (live + online)
  • Downloadable workbooks
  • Invitation to speak at industry stages
  • Hands-on assistance to development of Cloud business model, GTM & Co-Selling Support
  • Exclusive invitation to IdeaGEN UN Delegation participation
  • Year-round discounted travel benefits
  • Azure credits up to $5000 upon approval
  • Business development advisory (up to 4 hrs) for winning potential customers
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to Women in Cloud events
  • Formal introduction to investors
  • Access to Partner Benefits (includes leadership readiness, technology solutions, marketing resources)
  • Case study development for PR activities
  • Access to WiC Network for deal acceleration

Program Curriculum Overview:

  • Stage 1:
    • Cloud Ready Assessment
    • Building & Licensing Solutions
    • Introduction to Microsoft Partner Program
  • Stage 2:
    • Creating / Executing GTM Plan
    • Pitch Preparation
    • Partner Business Plan
  • Stage 3:
    • Prepping to Win 5 Customers
    • Co-selling with Microsoft
    • Access to Azure Credits
  • Stage 4:
    • Cloud Selling to B2B Businesses
    • Lead Generation
  • Stage 5:
    • Listing your solution to Microsoft Commercial Marketplaces
  • Stage 6:
    • POS / Pilot Customers
    • Co-Selling and Managing Success
  • WIC Summit:
    • Graduation Ceremony
    • Case Study Development

Why Apply

  • Proven Methodology

    Proven methodologies, resources and tools to grow your business in the cloud

  • Access to Technology

    Access to Azure credits to build your cloud business

  • Access to Cloud Hyperscalers

    Access to Microsoft Go-To-Market and Co-Sell programs

  • Gain Access to Mentors & Advisors

    Gain access to and learn from industry experts, our selected panel of coaches and advisors

  • Exclusive Access

    Limited to 50 women-led businesses per cohort, open to all companies across the United States (specific activations will be in Seattle, New York, and Chicago), Canada, United Kingdom, India, United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Kenya, and South Africa.

Voice of Entrepreneurs from 2.0 Cohort

Who can apply?

With atleast one woman in the C-level role with decision making power in the company

Based anywhere in US, Canada, Africa, India, Germany, France, UK, Greece, and the UAE

Targeting enterprise opportunities in any industry sector with a potential to scale

Must be in business for one year with one pilot customer and developed a cloud solution

Looking to scale business through Microsoft and their distribution channels

How to get started

We are a mission-driven organization, seeking to build the future together and creating jobs.  In exchange for your participation in our accelerator, we ask you to “pay it forward” through:

Upon acceptance, sign an engagement agreement

Instead of taking equity, WIC charges a small flat fee of $1000/company

Participate in WIC activities to engage with advisors, mentors, and corporations

Global Expansion

Having already found unprecedented success in the US, Women in Cloud is vigorously pushing for global expansion. We are taking our successful community-led network and bringing opportunities for economic access and gender parity across the world.

Here’s the list of eight additional countries we’ll be expanding into by the spring of 2020: United States of America (established)

United States

United Kingdom

France

India

Germany

Canada

United Arab Emirates

News & Updates

Past & Current Entrepreneurs

Meet our cohort entrepreneurs

1.0 Cohort

Rebecca Ralston

Rebecca Ralston

Founder & CEO | Agile Impact Group
Lakshmi Shankar

Lakshmi Shankar

CEO | Bitlume Inc
Jill  Angelo

Jill Angelo

CEO | Genneve
Kelly Sparks

Kelly Sparks

Founder, CEO | Visual Media Group, DBA VMG Studios
Kristen Miller

Kristen Miller

Co-Founder,CEO | Stylyze Inc.
Sarah Blankinship

Sarah Blankinship

Founder & CEO | RightSciences
Ritu Bahl

Ritu Bahl

Co-Founder and CEO | Computing Kids LLC
Mary Heather Lines

Mary Heather Lines

President/Founder | Automaton Marketing Inc.

2.0 Cohort

Melissa Strawn

Melissa Strawn

CEO | My People Now
Cassandra Gholston

Cassandra Gholston

Co-Founder & CEO | PartnerTap
Sarah J. Haggard

Sarah J. Haggard

Founder, CEO | Tribute
Madinah Ali

Madinah Ali

President | Excelente Inc. dba Safe PC
Lena May

Lena May

IT Strategy & Financial Consultant | PSE Consulting
Maria Shelton

Maria Shelton

Founder, CEO | Ardian Group
Erin Papworth

Erin Papworth

CEO and Founder | nav.it
Shari Burk

Shari Burk

Founder | Vision Platform
 Gail Mercer-MacKay

Gail Mercer-MacKay

President | Mercer-MacKay Solutions Inc
Sharon Nuss

Sharon Nuss

President | Starcom
Cathy Light

Cathy Light

Founder, CEO | DEI Toolkit via Lideranca Group

3.0 Cohort

Allie Knull

Allie Knull

Founder & CEO, Resume Free Inc.
Lisa Jain

Lisa Jain

Co-Founder, Ictect
Ellen Feahney

Ellen Feahney

CEO & Founder, AppFusions
Nina Alag Suri

Nina Alag Suri

CEO - X0PA Ai Pte ltd
Tiffanie Stanard

Tiffanie Stanard

CEO - Stimulus
Vishakha Gupta

Vishakha Gupta

CEO - ApertureData
Donna Conroy

Donna Conroy

Founder & CEO, SciMar ONE
Geneviève Desautels

Geneviève Desautels

Founder & CEO, illuxi Intelligence
Martha Montoya

Martha Montoya

CEO - Agtools Inc
Carmen Nazario

Carmen Nazario

President/CEO, ELYON International, Inc.
Nehal Mehta

Nehal Mehta

President, Rainbow Password, geoAcl LLc
Gowri Selka

Gowri Selka

CEO - Volantsys Analytics

Case Studies

“The WIC Accelerator helped us narrow in on our enterprise sales motion, as well as build a more scalable Cloud solution. We also received a ton of exposure within the broader WIC network, which helps us align with mentors, advisors, and customer opportunities.”

– Sarah Haggard, CEO and Founder

“The WIC network has provided PSE Consulting with a broader, more strategic view of the potential that my organization has over the next year. I’ve gained insights on how to leverage relationships and transform them into real business leads.”

– Lena May, President

“The WIC fellow cohorts, advisors, and resources has provided that first step to truly making a difference within the cloud. Being able to be an active member of a passionate forward-thinking group like WIC, provides vast, in-dept, and invaluable support.”

– Maria Shelton, CEO & Founder

The Impact of Cloud Accelerator

Cloud Accelerator Showcase: Learn about the innovations developed by business leaders and graduates of the 2018 Women in Cloud Accelerator.

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