Category: M12

M12 and VC partners commit $4 million to empower women entrepreneurs

Peggy Johnson July 26, 2018 Diversity, Featured, M12, Recent News

Today, I’m proud to announce that Microsoft’s corporate venture fund, M12, is joining forces with EQT Ventures and SVB Financial Group to launch the Female Founders Competition, a global startup contest to identify top female talent and accelerate access to capital for women entrepreneurs. We’ve all heard the long odds facing women founders in tech. Last year, female founders received just 2.2 percent of total global venture capital funding, and only 17 percent of all startups have at least one female founder, despite the fact that gender diversity on executive teams correlates with greater profitability and value creation.

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Advancing the future of AI: M12 and VC partners award $3.5 million to Innovate.AI winners

Peggy Johnson May 1, 2018 Envisagenics, Featured, Hazy, M12, Madrona Venture Group, Microsoft Ventures, Notion, Recent News, venture capital, Vertex Ventures, Voiceitt, ZenCity

Last year, M12, Microsoft’s venture fund (formerly known as Microsoft Ventures), set out on a mission to uncover the most innovative startups harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to transform businesses and solve real-world challenges. Six months later, we’re overwhelmed with the response. Not only did we receive hundreds of submissions, the companies were all innovative, impactful and inspiring.

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