Partnership on a global scale

M12 is a return-driven fund, with Microsoft as our sole limited partner. We are cloud agnostic and invest in early-stage enterprise software companies globally. Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs with capital, customer connections, and unparalleled access to Microsoft.

Portfolio company benefits

New product capabilities and acquisition channels
Joint selling with Microsoft

Microsoft team members in discussion
Curated engagements with Microsoft decision makers
Consultation with best-in-class experts

Speaker at M12 hosted event
Customer access
GitHub logo
Microsoft technology

Global CISO network

Our principles

In your corner

We believe that being fully aligned with founders is the only way to drive value to all stakeholders.

Partnering deliberately

We aim to bring more than capital to the table, and invest only when we can meaningfully contribute to the growth of a startup.

Patient capital

If we choose to invest, we’re with you for the long term—for your company’s lifecycle. We aren’t driven by artificial milestones or deadlines.

Committed to transparency

If we choose not to invest, we'll explain why, and try our best to suggest other ways to get access to funding.

Major milestones

2016

  • Microsoft Ventures founded with offices in San Francisco, Seattle, and Tel Aviv
  • First investments include Kahoot!, CloudSimple, and Figure Eight

2017

  • Innovate.AI competition with Madrona Venture Group, Notion Capital, and Vertex Ventures

2018

  • Microsoft Ventures becomes M12
  • Inaugural Female Founders Competition with EQT Ventures and SVB Financial Group
  • Microsoft acquires Bonsai
  • Siemens acquires Comfy
  • Nutanix acquires Frame

2019

  • Inaugural M12 Summits in Seattle and India
  • Livongo IPO
  • Google acquires CloudSimple
  • Cisco acquires Voicea
  • DataRobot acquires Paxata
  • Appen acquires Figure Eight
  • LTN Global acquires Make.TV

2020

  • London office opens
  • Bengaluru office opens
  • Second Female Founders Competition with Mayfield and Melinda Gates' Pivotal Ventures
  • Epic Games acquires SuperAwesome

2021

  • ServiceNow acquires Element AI
  • F5 Networks acquires Volterra
  • Kahoot! IPO
  • Nano Dimension acquires Nanofabrica