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Microsoft announces second cycle of AI For Good Accelerator Program

Microsoft announces second cycle of AI For Good Accelerator Program

15 AI companies have been selected across the fields of health, sustainability, and accessibility

James Spiro | 16:04  09.05.2021
Microsoft for Startups Israel has announced 15 startups that have been selected for the second AI For Good Accelerator Program, in collaboration with Tech for Good. Each participant will receive mentorship guidance, access to the Microsoft Philanthropy Foundation, opportunities to work with international organizations such as the UN and EU, and more.

The program’s additional partners, Pearl Cohen Law Firm and Excellence ESOP, will provide consulting services in the legal, regulatory, and financial fields for the companies, and they will also have access to the largest Microsoft conference in the world (IGNITE), and the Tech For Good conference.

The Microsoft for StartUps Team, Meital Shamia, Raz Bachar, and Amit Svarzenberg. Photo: Microsoft The Microsoft for StartUps Team, Meital Shamia, Raz Bachar, and Amit Svarzenberg. Photo: Microsoft The Microsoft for StartUps Team, Meital Shamia, Raz Bachar, and Amit Svarzenberg. Photo: Microsoft

"We are pleased to see how many startups are aiming to make a positive impact on the world and seeking to join the second cycle of the program after a successful first round,” said Raz Bachar, Managing Director, Microsoft for Startups Israel. “First-year graduates have experienced significant successes over the past year: connections to Microsoft customers, investments from funds that got to know them through the program, employee recruitment assistance, and even winning Microsoft as a customer, as in the case of RightHear, which makes public spaces accessible and is now implementing the solution in Microsoft offices around the country.”

The 14-week program started in May and will run through to July. The companies taking part are:

  • Eleos Health - which provides a Care Intelligence solution to help with clinicians’ workflow

  • MYOR - which uses predictive analysis to promote pediatric preventative care starting with allergies
  • Travaxy - which helps turn travel agencies into accessibility experts for those with accessibility needs
  • Well-Beat - which supports healthcare organizations with a modular SaaS patient engagement solution that creates tailored interactions
  • Voiceitt - which increases independence and quality of life for people with speech and motor disabilities
  • Kando - which is an environmental technology and data firm that deploys digital solutions that improve environmental health and promote sustainability
  • MagniLearn - which is an Education-as-a-service (EaaS) company that can help improve learning efficiency through personalized lessons
  • AdVerif.ai - which helps identify Fake News online by helping advertisers and agencies block hate speech and misinformation
  • OKO - which secures farmers’ income in emerging countries using automated insurance solutions
  • Clarifruit - which developed automated quality control solutions for consistent fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Gina Life - which developed an AI platform for early detection of women’s health diseases, starting with ovarian cancer
  • EEG-Sense - which provides a platform for brain-based applications, transforming thought into reality
  • Newton Tech - which brings neuroscience to patients to help with clinical outcomes and help revolutionize rehabilitation
  • LittleOne.Care - which helps improve babies’ well-being and development by recognizing baby noises and identifying if they’re safe, happy, or their needs are met
  • SocialMind - which is designed to help train parents of children with disabilities during their daily activities

The startups will be supported by mentors from Israel and around the world, including Gal Hayut, managing partner of Bridges Israel; Vanessa Bertram, founder and managing partner of the Zora Foundation; Yuda Doron, managing partner at the Greenfield Partners Fund, among others.

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