We are happy to let you know that the 2014 US Imagine Cup has launched!
Last year we went through an amazing journey of re-imagining the US Imagine Cup and implemented a new model focusing on student startups.This year we are building on that success and have partnered with Microsoft Ventures to create the Microsoft Imagine Fund for student entrepreneurs – an early start startup school and fund whose mission is to helps student entrepreneurs develop great ideas into successful startups.
Student startup will have the opportunity to apply for acceptance into the program during one of two funding cycles – a winter and a summer cycle. Student startups accepted into the program are granted $10,000 USD in seed money and will go through a ten week immersive startup school aimed at getting the teams to ready to launch a startup. During the ten week program students will receive training and guidance on building apps on the Microsoft stack, creating a business, pitching to investors, and 1:1 mentoring and inclusion in the Microsoft Imagine Fund community of technical evangelists and startup experts. At the end of the program, students will ready to take the next step whether that is finding new investors, acquiring customers or applying to a premier startup accelerator.
The startup school program culminates in Pitch Day where the student startups will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of industry expert judges. The top three student startups from the winter funding cycle (February 17th – April 25th timeframe) will participate in the Imagine Cup World Semifinals and the best of the three will be invited to Seattle to compete against students from around the world in the Imagine Cup World Finals.
Learn more about the program at http://microsoftimaginefund.com and in the FAQ section.